For Fender during the turning point era of the mid-'60s, check out Fender and the CBS Takeover.
Through much of Fender's production history, Fender workers would print or write a production date on both bodies and necks where the two pieces meet.
The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs.
Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency.
His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time.
Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day.
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