I wish I could say that I figured all this out on my own.While doing research on Fender amps in general, and the Champ in particular, I came across the most amazing series of articles by Greg Gagliano on the subject. If you have any interest in vintage Fender tube amps, without question you’ve got to read them all.
On some of the early Stratocaster’s it was stamped on the back of the Vibrato Cover Plate.
The Bridge Plate between the Pickup and the Saddles can also have Serial Numbers on some Telecaster’s.
Though it’s not the first electric solidbody, the Telecaster is without doubt the first commercial electric guitar manufactured in large quantities.
The Tele is an American icon and is well know for it bright tone.
“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part II,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., November 1997, pp 46 – 48.
“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part III,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., March 1999, pp 122 – 127.The Fender Stratocaster was the first guitar to feature three pickups and a floating spring tension tremolo system, as well as being the first Fender with a contoured body.Starting in 1954, the Stratocaster was offered with a solid, deeply contoured ash body, a 21-fret one-piece maple neck with black dot inlays and Kluson tuning heads.Fender dropped the broadcaster name at the request of Gretsch, which had been selling a “Broadkaster” drum kit since 1948.In the early ’50s, television was the big thing in the U.On the heel of the neck should be a penciled or stamped date with a month and year that it was assembled in.