Dating fender japan bass
The 4-bolt neck guitars and 6-bolt basses changed to serial numbers beginning with "CL".
About one year later, the numbers changed to a "CLF" prefix.
There is an enormous amount of Fender guitar information available but here are some important dates from Gruhn’s Guide To Vintage Guitars: Fender timeline 1945 Leo Fender and Doc Kaufman begin making amps, lap steels Fullerton CA 1947 Kaufman leaves and Leo continues as Fender Electric Instrument Co 1950 Esquire and Broadcaster (Tele) introduced 1951 Precision Bass 1954 Stratocaster 4 January 1965 Fender President and quality starts to return.
1982 Fender Japan established 1983 Fender Squier low price brand established 1985 CBS sells Fender to Schultz and others formed as Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
ABOUT THIS SECTION The information in the table and text below the horizontal bar was compiled by Paul Bechtoldt, columnist for Vintage Guitar Magazine, and is included in his book G&L: Leo's Legacy.
While the serial number information below refers only to instruments produced through 1992, a significant change in serialization of instruments occurred in 1997, with the advent of 4-bolt neck guitars.
Greco is one of the earliest “lawsuit” guitar makers in Japan.
Enthusiasts interested in production dates and serialization are well advised to visit Guitars By to research the registry and accompanying text.Most of the 1960's guitars were original models, but in the early 1970's, they got into making replicasof original Fenders and Gibson’s.At first, they didn't have the hardware to make really good, exact replicas, but by 1974or so, they had the correct-style hardware to match their excellent craftsmanship, and they put out some killer replicas.Greco still retained the business of selling great Gibson clones and other brand knockoffs of extraordinary high quality upuntil 1989.After that, the pressure to “cease and desist” production of copyright-infringing designs took its toll on Grecoand they decided to change their headstocks and logos to avoid a confrontation with the American manufacturers.