Dating fender strat
The trussrod was inserted through the back of the neck and the channel filled with the Walnut "skunk stripe".
This manufacturing process was used regardless of whether it was a Maple or Rosewood fingerboard.
Some might go by the pot codes, but those could have been stock a year or more old by the time they were put into the newly finished guitar.
Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".
The first three digits refer to the manufacturer, CTS.
The last four are broken up into pairs, where the first two, 78, stand for 1978 and the last two stand for the week, which is the 18th.
Body and Neck: All bodies are Ash, and usually a heavy piece.My intent with this site is to educate those who are on the hunt for that last affordable vintage Fender Stratocaster.Have a read through and hopefully you will pickup a few things to better assert yourself in the late 70's Stratocasters buyer's market. M = Model or Manufacturer O = Operator N = Neck configuration W = Week Y = Year D = Day Neck Stamps: MMNN*WWYD Example: 0900*3893 - Found on the very end of the neck heel, if at all, in green or dark red ink.Most Natural and Sunburts finished guitars seem to be three-piece bodies, painted ones may be more.Necks are Maple, and are constructed from one complete piece if they have a Maple fingerboard.
Late 70's Strats have the serial number on the headstock below 'Fender'.