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Fender Reference
bomots.de
Peter Bertges
The Fender Reference
music.edition
Technical details about all Fender basses and guitars
- Foreword by Thomas Blug, Germany‘s Stratplayer No. 1
Peter Bertges
The Fender Reference
A complete collection of specifications for the electric
guitars and basses marketed under the Fender brand
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The Fender Reference
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cover photograph: Thomas Blug
ISBN: 978-3-939316-38-1
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Contents
Preface .................................................................................................................... 21
Introduction ............................................................................................................ 23
Purpose and Scope of this Book ......................................................................... 23
The Structure of this Book ................................................................................. 23
The Series ........................................................................................................... 25
General Features and Changes ........................................................................... 27
Part I – Major Models ........................................................................................ 31
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Stratocaster ..................................................................................................... 33
1.1
The original model ................................................................................... 34
1.2
The Standard models ................................................................................ 39
1.2.1
American Standard Stratocaster ..................................................... 39
1.2.2
Standard Stratocaster ...................................................................... 41
1.2.3
Standard Stratocaster ...................................................................... 41
1.2.4
Squier Series Standard Stratocaster ................................................ 43
1.2.5
American Stratocaster HH .............................................................. 44
1.2.6
American Stratocaster HSS ............................................................ 45
1.3
Upgrades and Other Variants .................................................................. 45
1.3.1
Anniversary Stratocaster ................................................................ 45
1.3.2
The Strat ......................................................................................... 46
1.3.3
Walnut Strat.................................................................................... 47
1.3.4
Gold Stratocaster ............................................................................ 48
1.3.5
Elite Stratocaster............................................................................. 48
1.3.6
Contemporary Stratocaster ............................................................. 50
1.3.7
US Contemporary Stratocaster ....................................................... 51
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1.3.8
Strat Plus ........................................................................................ 52
1.3.9
HM Strat ......................................................................................... 53
1.3.10
Strat XII .......................................................................................... 54
1.3.11
Paisley Stratocaster ......................................................................... 55
1.3.12
Blue Flower Stratocaster ................................................................ 56
1.3.13
Deluxe Strat Plus ............................................................................ 56
1.3.14
HLE Stratocaster ............................................................................ 57
1.3.15
Stratocaster American Standard Deluxe ......................................... 57
1.3.16
Short Scale Stratocaster .................................................................. 57
1.3.17
HM Strat Ultra ................................................................................ 58
1.3.18
Strat Ultra ....................................................................................... 58
1.3.19
35th Anniversary Stratocaster ........................................................ 59
1.3.20
HRR '50s Stratocaster ..................................................................... 59
1.3.21
HRR '60s Stratocaster ..................................................................... 60
1.3.22
American Classic Stratocaster ........................................................ 60
1.3.23
Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster ..................................................... 61
1.3.24
Set Neck Stratocaster ...................................................................... 62
1.3.25
Special Edition 1993 Stratocaster ................................................... 63
1.3.26
Special Edition 1994 Stratocaster ................................................... 63
1.3.27
40th Anniversary Stratocaster ........................................................ 63
1.3.28
Strat Special .................................................................................... 63
1.3.29
Foto Flame Stratocaster .................................................................. 64
1.3.30
Foto Flame Floyd Rose Standard Strat ........................................... 65
1.3.31
Carved Top Stratocaster ................................................................. 65
1.3.32
American Standard Strat GR Ready ............................................... 66
1.3.33
50th Anniversary Stratocaster ........................................................ 66
1.3.34
Lone Star Strat ................................................................................ 66
1.3.35
Tex-Mex Strat................................................................................. 67
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1.3.36
Roadhouse Strat .............................................................................. 68
1.3.37
Big Apple Strat ............................................................................... 68
1.3.38
alifornia Strat .................................................................................. 69
1.3.39
1997 Collector's Edition Stratocaster ............................................. 70
1.3.40
Deluxe Super Strat.......................................................................... 70
1.3.41
Classic Player Strat ......................................................................... 71
1.3.42
Relic Floyd Rose Stratocaster......................................................... 71
1.3.43
American Deluxe Stratocaster ........................................................ 72
1.3.44
American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster .................................................. 73
1.3.45
Deluxe Powerhouse Strat ............................................................... 73
1.3.46
Deluxe Fat Strat Floyd Rose ........................................................... 74
1.3.47
Sub-Sonic ....................................................................................... 75
1.3.48
Highway 1 Stratocaster................................................................... 76
1.3.49
trat-O-Sonic DV I ................................................................................ 77
1.3.50
Acoustasonic Strat .......................................................................... 78
1.3.51
50th Anniversary Stratocaster ........................................................ 79
1.3.52
American Deluxe Stratocaster V-Neck .......................................... 79
1.3.53
American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster................................................. 79
1.3.54
American Deluxe Strat FMT/QMT HSS ........................................ 80
1.3.55
Deluxe Players Strat ....................................................................... 80
1.3.56
Tie-Dye Strat HS ............................................................................ 81
1.3.57
Lite Ash Stratocaster ...................................................................... 81
1.3.58
Aerodyne Stratocaster .................................................................... 82
1.3.59
Big Block Stratocaster .................................................................... 83
1.3.60
Strat Pro .......................................................................................... 83
1.3.61
Deluxe Power Stratocaster ............................................................. 84
1.3.62
60th Anniversary Stratocaster ........................................................ 85
1.3.63
60th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster ......................................... 85
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1.3.64
Koa Stratocaster ............................................................................. 85
1.3.65
Classic Player ‘50s Strat ................................................................. 86
1.3.66
Classic Player ‘60s Strat ................................................................. 87
1.3.67
VG Stratocaster .............................................................................. 87
1.3.68
Vintage Hot Rod '57 Stratocaster ................................................... 88
1.3.69
Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster ................................................... 88
1.3.70
'60s Closet Classic Stratocaster with Competition Stripe ............... 89
1.3.71
20th Anniversary Masterbuilt 2007 Stratocaster Closet Classic..... 89
1.4
Reissue Models ........................................................................................ 90
1.4.1
Vintage '57 Stratocaster .................................................................. 90
1.4.2
Vintage '62 Stratocaster .................................................................. 91
1.4.3
'50s Stratocaster .............................................................................. 92
1.4.4
'60s Stratocaster .............................................................................. 93
1.4.5
'72 Stratocaster ............................................................................... 94
1.4.6
'68 Stratocaster ............................................................................... 94
1.4.7
'54 Stratocaster ............................................................................... 95
1.4.8
1960 Stratocaster ............................................................................ 95
1.4.9
Relic '50s Stratocaster .................................................................... 96
1.4.10
Relic '60s Stratocaster .................................................................... 97
1.4.11
'58 Stratocaster ............................................................................... 97
1.4.12
'69 Stratocaster ............................................................................... 98
1.4.13
N.O.S. Stratocaster ......................................................................... 98
1.4.14
'65 Stratocaster ............................................................................... 99
1.4.15
'66 Stratocaster ............................................................................... 99
1.4.16
'70s Stratocaster .............................................................................. 99
1.4.17
1957 Commemorative Stratocaster .............................................. 100
1.4.18
‘57 Heavy Relic Stratocaster ........................................................ 100
1.4.19
‘62 Heavy Relic Stratocaster ........................................................ 101
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1.5
Artist Models ........................................................................................ 102
1.5.1
Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster .............................................. 102
1.5.2
Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster ................................... 103
1.5.3
Yngwie Malmsteen Standard Stratocaster .................................... 105
1.5.4
Jeff Beck Signature Stratocaster ................................................... 105
1.5.5
Robert Cray Signature Stratocaster .............................................. 106
1.5.6
Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster ................................. 107
1.5.7
Richie Sambora Signature Stratocaster ........................................ 107
1.5.8
Richie Sambora Standard Signature Strat..................................... 108
1.5.9
Dick Dale Signature Stratocaster .................................................. 109
1.5.10
Bonnie Raitt Signature Stratocaster.............................................. 109
1.5.11
Buddy Guy Signature Stratocaster ............................................... 110
1.5.12
Richie Sambora Lim. Ed. Black Paisley Stratocaster ................... 111
1.5.13
The Ventures Lim. Ed. Stratocaster.............................................. 111
1.5.14
Jimi Hendrix Tribute Stratocaster................................................. 112
1.5.15
Hank Marvin Stratocaster ............................................................. 112
1.5.16
Jimmie Vaughan Signature Tex-Mex Strat .................................. 112
1.5.17
Ritchie Blackmore Lim. Ed. Stratocaster ..................................... 113
1.5.18
Jerry Donahue Lim. Ed. Stratocaster ............................................ 114
1.5.19
John Jorgensen Lim. Ed. Hellecaster............................................ 114
1.5.20
Matthias Jabs Signature Stratocaster ............................................ 115
1.5.21
Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Stratocaster ............................................... 115
1.5.22
Ritchie Blackmore Signature Stratocaster .................................... 116
1.5.23
Chris Rea Stratocaster .................................................................. 116
1.5.24
Tom Delonge Stratocaster ............................................................ 117
1.5.25
Buddy Guy Polka Dot Stratocaster............................................... 117
1.5.26
Mark Knopfler Stratocaster .......................................................... 118
1.5.27
Robert Cray Signature Standard Strat .......................................... 118
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1.5.28
Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster ............................................. 118
1.5.29
Robin Trower Signature Stratocaster............................................ 119
1.5.30
Eric Johnson Stratocaster ............................................................. 120
1.6
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John Mayer Stratocaster ......................................................................... 120
Telecaster ..................................................................................................... 123
2.1
The original model ................................................................................. 123
2.2
The Standard models .............................................................................. 127
2.2.1
American Standard Telecaster ...................................................... 127
2.2.2
Standard Telecaster ...................................................................... 128
2.2.3
Squier Series Standard Telecaster ................................................ 130
2.2.4
American Telecaster HH .............................................................. 130
2.2.5
American Telecaster HSS............................................................. 131
2.2.6
American Ash Telecaster ............................................................. 131
2.3
Upgrades and other Variants .................................................................. 132
2.3.1
Custom Telecaster ........................................................................ 132
2.3.2
Rosewood Telecaster .................................................................... 133
2.3.3
Telecaster Thinline ....................................................................... 134
2.3.4
Telecaster Custom ........................................................................ 135
2.3.5
Telecaster Deluxe ......................................................................... 136
2.3.6
Black & Gold Telecaster .............................................................. 137
2.3.7
Elite Telecaster ............................................................................. 137
2.3.8
Contemporary Telecaster.............................................................. 139
2.3.9
40th Anniversary Telecaster ......................................................... 140
2.3.10
Telecaster Plus .............................................................................. 140
2.3.11
Telecaster Plus Deluxe ................................................................. 141
2.3.12
Set Neck Telecaster ...................................................................... 141
2.3.13
HMT Telecaster ............................................................................ 142
2.3.14
Bajo Sexto Telecaster ................................................................... 143
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2.3.15
Sparkle Telecaster ........................................................................ 144
2.3.16
Special Edition 1994 Telecaster ................................................... 144
2.3.17
Tele Special .................................................................................. 144
2.3.18
Foto Flame Telecaster .................................................................. 145
2.3.19
Set Neck Telecaster Jr. ................................................................. 145
2.3.20
Telecaster XII ............................................................................... 146
2.3.21
B-Bender Telecaster ..................................................................... 147
2.3.22
American Classic Telecaster ........................................................ 148
2.3.23
90's Telecaster Deluxe .................................................................. 149
2.3.24
90's Telecaster Custom ................................................................. 149
2.3.25
Telecaster Acoustic/Electric ......................................................... 150
2.3.26
Telecaster Classic Nylon String Electric ...................................... 150
2.3.27
Tex-Mex Telecaster Special ......................................................... 151
2.3.28
Deluxe Nashville Telecaster ......................................................... 152
2.3.29
'90s Tele Thinline ......................................................................... 152
2.3.30
California Tele .............................................................................. 153
2.3.31
American Deluxe Telecaster ........................................................ 154
2.3.32
American Fat Telecaster ............................................................... 155
2.3.33
Tele-Sonic .................................................................................... 155
2.3.34
1998 Collector's Edition Telecaster .............................................. 156
2.3.35
Deluxe Nashville Power Telecaster .............................................. 156
2.3.36
American Deluxe Power Tele....................................................... 157
2.3.37
Tele Sub-Sonic ............................................................................. 157
2.3.38
Telecaster Custom FMT ............................................................... 158
2.3.39
Highway 1 Telecaster ................................................................... 159
2.3.40
Highway 1 Texas Telecaster......................................................... 159
2.3.41
Flat Head Telecaster ..................................................................... 160
2.3.42
American Deluxe Ash Telecaster ................................................. 160
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2.3.43
American Deluxe Telecaster FMT/QMT HH............................... 161
2.3.44
Blackout Telecaster ...................................................................... 161
2.3.45
Lite Ash Telecaster ....................................................................... 162
2.3.46
Aerodyne Telecaster ..................................................................... 163
2.3.47
Big Block Telecaster .................................................................... 163
2.3.48
60th Anniversary Telecaster ......................................................... 164
2.3.49
Custom Telecaster Thinline .......................................................... 164
2.3.50
Koa Telecaster .............................................................................. 165
2.3.51
Classic Player Baja Telecaster...................................................... 165
2.3.52
Telecaster Pro ............................................................................... 166
2.3.53
Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH ......................................... 166
2.3.54
Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster .................................................... 167
2.4
Reissue Models ...................................................................................... 167
2.4.1
Vintage '52 Telecaster .................................................................. 167
2.4.2
'50s Telecaster .............................................................................. 168
2.4.3
Paisley Telecaster ......................................................................... 169
2.4.4
'62 Custom Telecaster .................................................................. 170
2.4.5
'72 Telecaster Custom .................................................................. 170
2.4.6
'72 Telecaster Thinline ................................................................. 171
2.4.7
Blue Flower Telecaster ................................................................. 172
2.4.8
'69 Telecaster Thinline ................................................................. 172
2.4.9
Rosewood Telecaster .................................................................... 173
2.4.10
Relic '50s Nocaster ....................................................................... 173
2.4.11
'50s Telecaster .............................................................................. 174
2.4.12
'60s Telecaster Custom ................................................................. 174
2.4.13
'52 Tele Special ............................................................................ 174
2.4.14
'63 Telecaster ................................................................................ 175
2.4.15
'60s Telecaster .............................................................................. 175
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2.4.16
'72 Telecaster Deluxe ................................................................... 175
2.4.17
'60 Custom Telecaster .................................................................. 176
2.4.18
'67 Telecaster ................................................................................ 176
2.4.19
'50s Telecaster with Bigsby .......................................................... 177
2.4.20
'70s Telecaster LH ........................................................................ 177
2.4.21
Rosewood Telecaster .................................................................... 177
2.5
Artist Models ........................................................................................ 178
2.5.1
Albert Collins Telecaster .............................................................. 178
2.5.2
Danny Gatton Telecaster .............................................................. 178
2.5.3
James Burton Telecaster ............................................................... 179
2.5.4
Jerry Donahue Telecaster ............................................................. 180
2.5.5
Jerry Donahue "JD" Telecaster..................................................... 180
2.5.6
Clarence White Telecaster ............................................................ 181
2.5.7
Waylon Jennings Tribute Telecaster ............................................ 181
2.5.8
James Burton Standard Telecaster................................................ 182
2.5.9
Nokie Edwards Lim. Ed. Telecaster ............................................. 183
2.5.10
Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster ............................................ 183
2.5.11
Will Ray "Mojo" Telecaster ......................................................... 184
2.5.12
Will Ray Lim. Ed. Jazz-A-Caster ................................................. 185
2.5.13
John Jorgensen Telecaster ............................................................ 185
2.5.14
Buck Owens Lim. Ed. Telecaster ................................................. 186
2.5.15
Muddy Waters Telecaster ............................................................. 186
2.5.16
Jimmy Bryant Tribute Telecaster ................................................. 187
2.5.17
J5 Telecaster (John 5) ................................................................... 187
2.5.18
J5 Telecaster ................................................................................. 188
2.5.19
J5 Triple Tele Deluxe ................................................................... 188
2.5.20
G.E. Smith Telecaster ................................................................... 189
2.5.21
Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster ............................................... 189
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Jazz Bass ...................................................................................................... 191
3.1
The original model ................................................................................. 191
3.2
The Standard models .............................................................................. 194
3.2.1
American Standard Jazz Bass ....................................................... 194
3.2.2
Standard Jazz Bass ....................................................................... 196
3.2.3
Squier Series Standard Jazz Bass ................................................. 197
3.2.4
Foto Flame '60s Jazz Bass ............................................................ 197
3.3
Upgrades and Other Variants ................................................................ 198
3.3.1
Gold Jazz Bass.............................................................................. 198
3.3.2
Contemporary Jazz Bass (aka P-J Bass) ....................................... 199
3.3.3
Power Jazz Bass Special ............................................................... 200
3.3.4
Jazz Bass Deluxe .......................................................................... 201
3.3.5
American Classic Jazz Bass ......................................................... 204
3.3.6
Deluxe Active Jazz Bass .............................................................. 205
3.3.7
Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V........................................................... 206
3.3.8
Custom Classic Jazz Bass ............................................................. 206
3.3.9
Highway 1 Jazz Bass .................................................................... 207
3.3.10
Aerodyne Jazz Bass ...................................................................... 208
3.3.11
60th Anniversary Jazz Bass .......................................................... 208
3.3.12
Power Jazz Bass ........................................................................... 209
3.3.13
Jazz Bass 24.................................................................................. 209
3.3.14
Jazz Bass 24 V.............................................................................. 210
3.4
Reissue Models ...................................................................................... 210
3.4.1
Vintage '62 Jazz Bass ................................................................... 210
3.3.2
'60s Jazz Bass ............................................................................... 211
3.3.3
'75 Jazz Bass ................................................................................. 212
3.3.4
Relic '60s Jazz Bass ...................................................................... 212
3.3.5
'62 Jazz Bass LH........................................................................... 213
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Artist Models ........................................................................................ 213
3.3.2
The Ventures Lim. Ed. Jazz Bass ................................................. 213
3.3.3
Noel Redding Lim. Ed. Jazz Bass ................................................ 214
3.3.4
Marcus Miller Jazz Bass ............................................................... 214
3.3.5
Geddy Lee Jazz Bass .................................................................... 215
3.3.6
Jaco Pastorius Tribute Jazz Bass .................................................. 216
3.3.7
Victor Bailey Jazz Bass ................................................................ 217
3.3.8
Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass................................................................ 218
3.3.9
Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass .......................................................... 219
3.3.10
Reggie Hamilton Standard Jazz Bass ........................................... 220
3.3.11
Frank Bello Signature Bass .......................................................... 220
Precision Bass .............................................................................................. 223
4.1
The original model ................................................................................. 223
4.2
The Standard models .............................................................................. 227
4.2.1
American Standard Precision Bass ............................................... 227
4.2.2
Standard Precision Bass ............................................................... 228
4.2.3
Squier Series Standard Precision Bass ......................................... 229
4.2.4
Foto Flame '60s Precision Bass .................................................... 229
4.3
Upgrades and Other Variants ................................................................ 230
4.3.1
Slab Body Precision Bass ............................................................. 230
4.3.2
Precision Bass Special .................................................................. 230
4.3.3
Walnut Precision Bass Special ..................................................... 231
4.3.4
Elite Precision Bass ...................................................................... 231
4.3.5
Precision Bass Plus ....................................................................... 233
4.3.6
Short Scale Precision Bass ........................................................... 233
4.3.7
Precision Bass "Lyte" Standard .................................................... 233
4.3.8
Precision Bass Plus Deluxe .......................................................... 235
4.3.9
Acoustic-Electric Precision Bass .................................................. 235
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4.3.10
Vintage Precision Bass Custom .................................................... 235
4.3.11
Precision Bass Special .................................................................. 236
4.3.12
Precision Bass Deluxe .................................................................. 236
4.3.13
California Precision Bass Special ................................................. 238
4.3.14
Hot Rod Precision Bass ................................................................ 239
4.3.15
Highway 1 Precision Bass ............................................................ 240
4.3.16
Standard Precision Bass Junior..................................................... 241
4.3.17
Big Block Precision Bass ............................................................. 241
4.3.18
60th Anniversary Precision Bass .................................................. 242
4.3.19
60th Anniversary Precision Bass .................................................. 242
4.3.20
Aerodyne Classic Precision Bass Special ..................................... 242
4.4
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Reissue Models ...................................................................................... 243
4.4.1
Vintage '57 Precision Bass ........................................................... 243
4.4.2
Vintage '62 Precision Bass ........................................................... 244
4.4.3
'50s Precision Bass and '60s Precision Bass ................................. 244
4.4.4
'51 Precision Bass ......................................................................... 244
4.4.5
'57 Precision Bass LH................................................................... 245
4.4.6
'59 Precision Bass ......................................................................... 245
4.4.7
'55 Precision Bass ......................................................................... 245
4.4.8
Artist Models ............................................................................... 246
4.4.9
Sting Precision Bass ..................................................................... 246
4.4.10
Rocco Prestia Precision Bass........................................................ 246
4.4.11
Mike Dirnt Precision Bass Special ............................................... 247
4.4.12
Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass ......................................... 247
4.4.13
Pino Palladino Precision Bass ...................................................... 248
Showmaster .................................................................................................. 249
5.1.1
Showmaster Standard ................................................................... 249
5.1.2
Showmaster 7-String .................................................................... 251
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5.1.3
Flat Head Showmaster .................................................................. 251
5.1.4
Showmaster Elite FMT................................................................. 252
5.1.5
Showmaster Celtic H .................................................................... 253
5.1.6
Showmaster Scorpion HH ............................................................ 254
5.1.7
Highway 1 Showmaster HH ......................................................... 255
5.1.8
Showmaster Blackout ................................................................... 255
5.1.9
Showmaster FAT HH ................................................................... 255
Esquire.......................................................................................................... 259
6.1
The original model ................................................................................. 259
6.2
Upgrades and Other Variants ................................................................ 262
6.2.1
Custom Esquire ............................................................................ 262
6.2.1
Seymour Duncan Esquire ............................................................. 263
6.2.2
Esquire Custom GT ...................................................................... 263
6.2.3
Esquire Custom Scorpion ............................................................. 264
6.2.4
Esquire Custom Celtic .................................................................. 264
6.3
6.3.1
'54 Esquire .................................................................................... 265
6.2.1
'62 Custom Esquire ....................................................................... 265
6.2.2
'59 Esquire .................................................................................... 265
6.3
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Reissue Models ...................................................................................... 265
'50s Esquire ............................................................................................ 266
Jaguar ........................................................................................................... 267
7.1
The original model ................................................................................. 267
7.2
Upgrades and Other Variants ................................................................ 269
7.2.1
Jaguar Baritone Custom ............................................................... 269
7.2.2
Jaguar Baritone HH ...................................................................... 270
7.2.3
Jaguar HH ..................................................................................... 270
7.3
Reissue Models ...................................................................................... 271
7.3.1
'62 Jaguar ...................................................................................... 271
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'62 Jaguar ...................................................................................... 271
Jazzmaster .................................................................................................... 273
8.1
The original model ................................................................................. 273
8.2
Reissue Models ...................................................................................... 276
8.2.1
'62 Jazzmaster ............................................................................... 276
8.2.2
'62 Jazzmaster ............................................................................... 276
8.3
Artist Models ........................................................................................ 277
8.3.1
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The Ventures Lim. Ed. Jazzmaster ............................................... 277
(Bass) VI ...................................................................................................... 279
9.1
The original model ................................................................................. 279
9.2
Reissue Models ...................................................................................... 281
9.2.1
Bass VI ......................................................................................... 281
9.2.2
Bass VI ......................................................................................... 281
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Mustang ................................................................................................. 283
10.1
The original model ............................................................................ 283
10.2
Reissue Models ................................................................................. 285
10.2.1
'69 Mustang .................................................................................. 285
10.2.2
Competition Mustang ................................................................... 286
10.2.3
'65 Mustang .................................................................................. 286
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Mustang Bass ......................................................................................... 287
11.1
The original model ............................................................................ 287
11.2
Reissue Models ................................................................................. 289
11.2.1
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Mustang Bass ............................................................................... 289
Stu Hamm Urge Bass ............................................................................. 291
12.1.1
Stu Hamm Urge Standard Bass .................................................... 292
12.1.2
Stu Hamm Urge II Bass ................................................................ 292
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Roscoe Beck V Bass .............................................................................. 295
14
Jaguar Bass ............................................................................................ 297
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TC-90 Thinline....................................................................................... 299
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So-Cal Speed Shop Guitar ..................................................................... 301
Part II – Models no longer in production (pre-CBS and CBS eras) .............. 303
17
Musicmaster ........................................................................................... 305
18
Duo-Sonic .............................................................................................. 309
18.1
The original model ............................................................................ 309
18.2
Reissues ............................................................................................. 311
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Electric XII ............................................................................................ 313
20
Bass V .................................................................................................... 317
21
Marauder ................................................................................................ 319
21.1
The Version I prototypes ................................................................... 319
21.2
The Version II prototypes ................................................................. 320
22
Coronado ................................................................................................ 321
22.1
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Coronado I......................................................................................... 321
Coronado Bass ....................................................................................... 325
23.1
Coronado Bass I ................................................................................ 325
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Bronco.................................................................................................... 329
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LTD........................................................................................................ 331
26
Montego ................................................................................................. 333
27
Telecaster Bass....................................................................................... 335
28
Swinger .................................................................................................. 337
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Musicmaster Bass .................................................................................. 339
30
Starcaster ................................................................................................ 341
31
Lead ....................................................................................................... 343
32
Bullet ...................................................................................................... 347
32.1
32.1.1
First series ......................................................................................... 347
Bullet ............................................................................................ 347
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Second series ..................................................................................... 348
32.2.1
32.3
Bass series ......................................................................................... 350
32.3.1
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Bullet ............................................................................................ 348
Bullet Bass B30 ............................................................................ 350
D'Aquisto ............................................................................................... 351
33.1
The first model .................................................................................. 351
33.1.1
33.2
The second model ............................................................................. 353
33.2.1
33.3
D'Aquisto Elite ............................................................................. 353
The third model ................................................................................. 354
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D'Aquisto Standard....................................................................... 351
Classic Rocker .............................................................................. 354
Esprit, Flame, Robben Ford ................................................................... 357
34.1
The original model ............................................................................ 357
34.1.1
34.2
Esprit Standard ............................................................................. 357
Artist models ..................................................................................... 359
34.2.1
Robben Ford ................................................................................. 359
34.2.2
Robben Ford Elite FM .................................................................. 360
34.2.3
Robben Ford Ultra FM ................................................................. 360
34.2.4
Robben Ford Ultra SP .................................................................. 360
Part III – Models no longer in Production (post CBS era) ............................. 363
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Katana .................................................................................................... 365
36
Performer ............................................................................................... 367
37
Performer Bass ....................................................................................... 369
38
JP90 Bass ............................................................................................... 371
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HM Bass ................................................................................................ 373
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Prodigy ................................................................................................... 375
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Prodigy Bass .......................................................................................... 377
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MB4 Bass ............................................................................................... 379
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Jag-Stang ................................................................................................ 381
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Cyclone .................................................................................................. 383
44.1
The original model ............................................................................ 383
44.2
Variants ............................................................................................. 384
44.2.1
Cyclone II ..................................................................................... 384
44.2.2
Cyclone HH .................................................................................. 384
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Toronado ................................................................................................ 385
45.1
The original model ............................................................................ 385
45.2
Variants ............................................................................................. 386
45.2.1
Toronado DE ................................................................................ 386
45.2.2
Toronado HH................................................................................ 387
45.2.3
Highway 1 Toronado .................................................................... 387
45.2.4
Toronado HH................................................................................ 387
45.2.5
Toronado GT HH ......................................................................... 388
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Zone Bass ............................................................................................... 389
46.1
The original model ............................................................................ 389
46.2
Variants ............................................................................................. 390
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46.2.1
Zone Bass ..................................................................................... 390
46.2.2
Zone Bass V ................................................................................. 390
Dimension Bass ..................................................................................... 393
Part IV – The Heartfield Models ..................................................................... 395
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Elan ........................................................................................................ 397
49
RR-58 ..................................................................................................... 399
50
Talon ...................................................................................................... 401
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DR-4, DR-5, DR-6 Basses ..................................................................... 403
DR-4 Bass .................................................................................................... 403
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Prophecy Bass ........................................................................................ 405
52.1.1
Prophecy I Bass ............................................................................ 405
Appendix: Additional Information ....................................................................... 407
Left-handed instruments ................................................................................... 407
General thoughts .......................................................................................... 407
Available models .......................................................................................... 407
Differing features ......................................................................................... 410
Available finishes ............................................................................................. 412
The Pre-CBS and CBS eras .......................................................................... 412
The Post-CBS era ......................................................................................... 416
Serial Numbers ................................................................................................. 420
The general scheme ...................................................................................... 420
Reissue models ............................................................................................. 422
Special schemes............................................................................................ 422
Fender Japan................................................................................................. 423
Instruments made in Mexico ........................................................................ 425
Bibliography, Sources ...................................................................................... 426
Books............................................................................................................ 426
Photographs .................................................................................................. 427
Trademarks ................................................................................................... 427
Updates ......................................................................................................... 427
Index..................................................................................................................... 429
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Preface
A lot of music has been made with the Strat – a great deal actually, varying in a lot
of different styles! The reason for this may lie in the versatility and the multifacetedness of this guitar. Or is it perhaps because each Strat is different from any
other?
We live in the 21st century and somehow a guitar which first saw the light of day in
1954, is still one of the most-played models of all the electric guitars of the present.
As for myself, I have been playing this guitar for more than 20 years, and I still
discover new tone colours and musical hues which I can get out of it.
Similarities between Strats are mostly in appearance. Every Strat has its own special character, which can really be heard if you listen carefully.
The closer you look, the more you'll understand how essential the influence of each
component, which is built into the Strat, is for its sound. I have come to realise that
not only the changing of pick-ups alters the sound – even the material of the pickguard, where the pick-ups are mounted, makes a noticeable difference.
Summing up, this fact results in different sound properties which provide each
instrument with its own character. Even small tolerances during the production
process leave their acoustical traces and help form the quality and character of
individual instruments. Which brings us to a particular phenomenon – one which
non-musicians cannot grasp and which they would most probably shrug off as just
being nonsense – the influence of the instrument on the musician.
Some call it inspiration, others call it the soul of the instrument that speaks to them.
Whatever the case may be, this is a point on which I agree with many of my fellow
guitarists.
Go and ask a violin player who plays a Stradivarius about the huge influence the
violin has on its player and his music – this is an incontrovertible fact which is
acknowledged all over the musical world.
What I have experienced time and again, is that the soul of every single Strat I've
ever played completely took me by surprise, as I discovered that every instrument
inevitably shows you its character which you have to come to terms with, otherwise no musical oneness between musician and instrument can be established.
Strats can be stroppy little beasts which you've got to become acquainted with and
understand first... ...but that's exactly what makes them so fascinating to deal with.
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As a guitar player I can only reiterate what an immense influence the materials
used have on the sound, the response and subsequently on the tone of the instrument.
I have spent half a lifetime collecting these experiences. Today I have a clear conception of which tremolo, which pick-ups and which wood I like best.
And that's exactly where the fun starts for every serious guitarist. Every guitarist
has his own personality and is somehow searching for "his instrument" with which
he has the best rapport and which lets him express himself best.
That's why it makes sense to take a much closer look at the varied aspects of the
Strat including its history. Many accounts that you'll find in this book will either
ring a bell or bring something to light.
Many of the things that you may have merely felt up to now, will start to make
sense in the light of your own experiences.
For me it is still fascinating to hear and see the things, different guitarists can do
with the Strat, especially such diverse personalities as David Gilmour, Richie
Backmore, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Hank Marvin, Nile Rodgers, Eric Johnson,
Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
This book gives you a complete summary on what changes occurred to the hardware in the course of the years. There are exact references to the materials Fender
used in the various series, and thus the book helps you understand what has
changed, not only in the Strat, but also in all the other guitars and basses Fender
has brought to the music-making world.
Whether you use this information as a collector in order to establish the genuineness of an instrument, or whether the data serve as sources for your own research,
is at your own discretion.
And the story will go on! That's a thing I'm very, very sure of...
Thomas Blug
[email protected]
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Introduction
Purpose and Scope of this Book
The purpose of this book is NOT to provide you with a myriad of colourful pics to
look at and anecdotes or inside stories on certain guitar models.
Instead the purpose of this book is to give you a concise reference which you can
consult whenever you need to know exactly when a certain Fender model was
introduced, changed, or dropped from the line, or if you're trying to establish the
period during which a certain detail could be found in a specific Fender model.
Therefore, the book contains all models built and marketed on an international
basis by Fender. And while I'm at it, I might as well tell you what the book does
not contain, as I obviously had to draw the line somewhere. Otherwise this book
would have to include each and every one-off that an artist or a dealer ever received from Fender, and since there is no record being kept on each individual
instrument that left the factory from day one, it is utterly impossible to trace them
all. What's more, there is no point in a reference listing one-of-a-kind instruments.
Reference means that you can compare your instrument to a number of specifications and officially given features. And a one-off can, of course, not be compared
since… well, since it's a one-off.
For similar reasons I have omitted the so-called dealer-select guitars that were
produced in a limited number to be sold by one store exclusively. Once you start
digging in that direction, there'll be no end to the matter.
The Structure of this Book
One of the most, if not the most difficult thing about compiling this book was to
create an order which would be clear and comprehensible for all the hundreds of
different models and variants of models that were introduced with overlapping
timelines and put in and out of production several times. That's why I dismissed
my first impulse of listing the models in the chronological order of their first being
marketed.
Since the times are long gone when a Stratocaster was simply a Stratocaster full
stop, you have to obtain some sense of order into the ensuing variety of Standard
Strats, Deluxe Strats and Special Super Strats.
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That's why I dismissed my second impulse to group the instruments according to
the series they belong to. This method would lead to total chaos since it would
mean that you could find Stratocasters in about a dozen different chapters, and in
order to find a certain model you would have to browse through half the book. To
make matters worse, there are models which switched from one series to another
over the years, and sometimes whole series, such as the Hot Rodded Series, were
swallowed up by other series, so that the models belonging to these series would
have to show up in two or more chapters. Confusion would be complete, and you
would be less than pleased with such a book.
After considering several concepts, I finally settled for the following as being the
best compromise between clarity and logic:
First I have distinguished between what I will call basic models: Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazz Bass, etc.. In the old days, these were just different products in Leo
Fender's catalogue. In the course of time though, they were divided into minor
submodels and variants which in most cases bore their original name plus a suffix,
e.g. American Deluxe Fat Strat, so that the Stratocaster in itself became something
of a meta model.
I decided to treat the abovementioned basic models not in the order of their first
appearance on the market, but rather in the order of their importance. Now what is
that supposed to mean? And how can I assume that one model is more important
than another? It is easier to answer these questions than it would seem at first
glance. The decisive factor is the number of submodels and variants that exist of a
certain basic model. And since the Stratocaster has appeared in 161 different guises
during its history, the case is quite clear.
Once this first step is taken, everything else falls into place. The Telecaster has the
second highest number of variants to its name. Then follows the Jazz Bass and so
on.
The parts of this book addressing these basic models all have roughly the same
structure. For the sake of clarity let's take the Stratocaster as an example to explain
this structure. In essence, it will be the same for all the other basic models.
First the Stratocaster is introduced in a short paragraph, stating special features and
peculiarities. After this, the basic specifications - measurements which usually
never change - are given in the form of a table. Then all the general features of the
original Stratocaster are listed in a table, and after this, the changes these features
went through in the course of the years are listed.
Following this, the standard models are addressed. In case you're wondering about
the plural in 'models', let me tell you that there are indeed several (up to a dozen)
'Standard' variants of each major model. Hence the extra chapter.
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Next come the upgrades and variants of the Stratocaster in their chronological
order. Here you will find all the models which added something, either some special features or gimmicks to the original model. The general features of these models are identical to those of the standard Stratocaster of the corresponding period,
unless otherwise indicated.
Then we come to the reissue models. Here you can find all the Stratocaster models
that were produced as more or less true replicas of Stratocasters as they were at a
certain point in their history. The tables of this chapter list only those features
which divert from those of the original guitar, i.e. where period-correctness was
not matched.
The final chapter of the Stratocaster part is concerned with artist models. This
chapter contains any model that has the name of an artist attached to it. If the
model is clearly based on another Stratocaster model, the name of this parent
model is given and the subsequent table will list only those features which divert
from those of the parent model.
And so we will proceed through the whole gamut of Fender guitars and basses.
The Series
The idea of combining instruments in series is not very old. When Leo Fender
started his business, he simply produced a couple of different guitar models and
sold these. The necessity to create series does not arise until you start producing
variants of different models, which share some common properties. These may be
deluxe features such as active electronics, or vintage specifications. Then it makes
sense to draw up various series for the instruments, such as in the above example: a
Deluxe and a Vintage series.
This is exactly what Fender did in 1982, when they introduced the Vintage series
and, in the following year, the Elite series.
The Vintage series (which later became the American Vintage series) contains the
US-made reissues. When the craze for pre-CBS instruments gathered momentum
at the beginning of the '80s, Fender finally decided to meet the demand for instruments with vintage specifications. The result was a range of guitars and basses
which have enjoyed unabated popularity until the present day. Starting off in 1982
with the '52 Tele, the '57 and '62 Stratocasters, '57 and '62 Precision Basses and the
'62 Jazz Bass, the series was enhanced in the course of the years by a '75 Jazz Bass,
'62 Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars, the '62 Custom Telecaster and the '70s Stratocaster. All these instruments are built to the same specifications as their original
counterparts.
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When the Elite Series was introduced in May 1983, it was a final attempt to raise
CBS/Fender's reputation in the music world by offering the most advanced instruments that had ever run from their production line. The Elite series consisted of
three Stratocaster models, three Telecaster models and five variants of Precision
Basses, all with active electronics, newly-designed tilt-necks and pick-ups among
other innovations.
In 1986, the year after CBS had sold Fender to a group of committed employees,
the product line started afresh with just the American Standard and the Vintage
series. Yet it soon became apparent that in the modern music business it is necessary to offer a broad range of instruments to reach a wide public with its diverse
tastes and needs. So the number of series rose and soon became very confusing
with 'US Plus/Deluxe', 'Collectable', 'Special/Deluxe' series and what-not, the purposes of and differences between which were mostly indiscernible.
Today there is a total of nineteen series, the most important of which are the following:
The American Series was developed from the American Standard Series. This is
the home of the standard US-produced models.
The Standard Series includes basic models, aimed at customers who prefer plain
instruments without any fancy features. These instruments are usually manufactured in Mexico.
The Highway 1 Series was developed in 2003 for low-budget, yet US-made instruments. So price-wise it can be allocated between the Mexican-made Standard
series and the US-made American series.
The American Deluxe series is one step up from the American series and contains
instruments with special features.
The Deluxe series is to the Standard series, what the American Deluxe series is to
the American Series.
The Classic series is the smaller (cheaper) brother of the Vintage series. After the
success of the Vintage series, Fender Japan started marketing more models from
Fender's past, and in 1992 Fender US came up with the 'Collectables' series to
cover a selection of these instruments for world-wide sale. Later the name of the
series was changed to Classic series, and it now also contains a number of models
made in Mexico.
The Special Edition series is one in a line of special series that had several names
in the course of the years, and in which instruments are collected which don't quite
fit into the other series.
Time Machine Series (Custom Shop)
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The 'Relic' idea was developed in the Custom Shop after a customer, on ordering
an instrument, had asked if they could 'beat it up, make it look old'. First they
thought the idea was silly, but then they decided to make a couple of distressed
guitars for the NAMM show. In the end they left the show with hundreds of orders
for Relic guitars. From there on the idea developed, and today the Time Machine
instruments are offered in three different finishes:
NOS meaning "New old stock"; this is usually described as a guitar that was produced in its original year and then brought to the present day as if by time machine.
Closet Classic; this is an instrument that looks as if it were bought shortly after
production in its original year, played for some time, and then stowed away under
the bed or in the attic.
Relic; this is a battered or worn instrument which bears all the marks of long and
heavy use.
The Artist Series started off as the Signature series in 1988 with the Eric Clapton
and Yngwie Malmsteen models. It became the Artist Signature series some time
during the '90s and finally the Artist series in 2000, presumably because it does not
solely consist of signature models but of tribute models as well.
The Custom Artist Series is the Custom Shop's version of the Artist series. More
need not be said.
General Features and Changes
And one last thing: There are some things which never change in Fender instruments such as the necks always being made of maple, and other features which
changed for all models such as the switch to rosewood fingerboards in 1959.
So, unless otherwise indicated, the following features hold true for all Fender models:
Body
Two to four pieces of ash or alder
Neck
Maple, fastened to the body by 4 bolts (screws)
Fingerboard
MN (= one-piece MN) or
RW (= rosewood board)
Head
All the tuners on the upper (bass) side
Decal
Reading 'Fender' + the name of the model
LH (= left handed version)
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The following changes spanned the whole range of Fender instruments at the time
of their occurrence, unless stated otherwise:
Before 1959
One-piece MN
Adjusting rod at body end of the neck
May 1959
Slab rosewood fingerboard, clay dots
July 1962
Curved fingerboard
Mid 1963
Dots at XII. fret closer together
Late 1964
"Kluson Deluxe" wording in two lines on tuners (guitars)
Late 1964 – early Pearloid dots on the fingerboard
'65
Mid '65
"F" on the neck plate
Late 1967 – mid New black "TV" logo with a circled "R"
'68
1969
Polyester finishes for the body undercoat and neck (headstock, colour, and topcoat remain lacquer)
1972
More ash bodies, alder increasingly less used
During '70s
Minimal body contours
1974
Finger rest changes to thumb rest (basses)
1975
3-ply black pickguard introduced, 3-ply white available as an
accessory
1976
Serial no. on the headplate + "made in USA"; any further
inscriptions dropped
Schaller tuners with shorter shafts (basses)
After 1977
Gold outline of logo slightly increased
1980
More alder bodies again
Schaller Deluxe tuning machines without safety slot (guitars)
1981
3-ply white pickguard reinstated (3-ply black optional)
End of 1981
Body contours deepened
Tilt-neck and bullet truss-rod discontinued; 4-screw fastening
June 1983
Alder bodies, contours like early '60s
4-bolt micro tilt neck, Bi-flex truss rod, adjusting screw at
headstock
MN, fingerboard radius 12" (305mm)
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Jumbo frets (W/B): 2.8 x 0.9
Silver logo, small model designation
"Fender" logo on neck-plate
Schaller security strap lock buttons
01/'84
RW (slab) fingerboard reintroduced as an option, white dots
markers
End of 1984
Production stops
02/'85
Official shutdown of Fullerton factory
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Part I:
Major Models
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1 Stratocaster
Without any exaggeration, the Stratocaster can be described as Fender's flagship.
Undoubtedly it is Fender's major guitar model, and probably the most popular
design in guitar history. It was designed by Leo Fender in the early 1950s, and has
been manufactured continuously until the present day. The Stratocaster has been
used by many leading guitarists and on many historic recordings. Along with the
Gibson Les Paul and the Strat's older cousin, the Fender Telecaster, it is the most
enduring and common model of electric guitar in the world.
Many books have been written on the Stratocaster (cf. bibliography), so it would
be pointless to go further into such details for our purposes and in any case, the
volume of information on the Strat's development is so huge that it would exceed
the scope of this introduction.
The Stratocaster was announced in April 1954. The first production run of guitars
with tremolo was finished in October 1954, the first run of guitars without tremolo
in April 1955.
In the beginning the control layout of the Stratocaster was rather simple. A 3-way
sliding switch allowed each pick-up to be selected individually. Combinations of
two pick-ups were not intended and could only be achieved by balancing the
switch between two positions. This situation changed only in the mid-'70s when
Fender finally factory-fitted the Stratocaster with a 5-position switch.
Specifications:
Length
39"
Width
99cm
Scale
25 1/2"
64.8cm
12 3/4"
Depth
32.4cm
1 3/4"
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.27"
4.13cm
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1.1
The original model
General Features:
Body
Ash, mostly two parts; very deeply contoured
Neck
MN, round, black dots (Bakelite)
Head
Small; 1 round string retainer
Decal
Gold Spaghetti logo, "with synchronized tremolo", "Original
contour body"
Pickguard
White Bakelite, 8 screws (some were made of anodized
aluminium)
Back cover plate
White Bakelite, 6 oval holes
Finish
Nitro-cellulose 2-tone dark sunburst
Pick-ups
3 white single coil PUs
Staggered pole-pieces, shortest to tallest = B, e, G, E, A, D
Black fibre bobbins
Controls
1 Volume, 2 Tone, white knobs
Circuit
1 3-position sliding switch
Waxed cloth conducting wires
Metal shielding plate in the control area
Bridge
6 nickel plated steel saddles
String-through-body design
Vibrato
2-piece vibrato tailblock
Tuners
Nickel-plated Kluson safety slot machines
Serial no.
on neck plate
Differences in the earliest models:
·
Serial
no.
on
back
cover
plate
(until
06/'54)
Knobs and PU-covers made of brittle white phenolic plastic (similar to
bakelite) (1954-55).
·
6 round holes in back plate (one ply white) (until early '55)
Headstock edges slightly more rounded (until '55).
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Modifications over the years:
1955
Snap-on bridge cover
V-neck
Late '55
White parts change to ABS plastic
1956
Custom colours of the player's choice announced in catalogue
Mid '56
1 butterfly clip string retainer
Late '56
Alder body for all finishes except Blonde
G pole-piece now the tallest
02/'57
14 k gold-plated hardware for Blonde finish (later optional for
all Custom finishes)
1957
vinyl plastic knobs and pickup covers replace the phenolic
plastic (many spring 1957 Strats have a mix of both materials)
"Kluson Deluxe" wording on tuning machines
Late '57
A few anodized pickguards
1958
Blended 3-tone sunburst gradually introduced
Rounder, flatter neck
Very few anodized pickguards again (around the same time
with Jazzmaster, Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster, and Precision
Bass)
1959
Back contour slightly shortened
1 string retainer with spacer
05/'59
Slab rosewood fingerboard, clay dots
07-08/'59
3-ply white pickguard (greenish nitrate top layer), 11 screws
(second between neck- and middle-PU), a few with 8 screws,
earliest slightly thinner than later
Full-dimension shielding plate
09/'59
Very flat neck (C-neck)
Through the 60s
A few tortoise pickguards on sunburst, black and white finishes
1960
3-tone sunburst with clearly defined separation between
colours
Optional neck widths (until 1970): 1 1/2" Narrow (rare), 1 5/8"
Standard, 1 3/4" Wide
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Stratocaster
Optional gold-plated hardware
1961
Magnet for g-string shortened
Additional inscriptions on headplate: "PAT 2,573,254
2,741,146" and "Original contour body Pat. Pend."
Spring '62
3 pat. nos. on headplate: "PAT 2,573,254
2,960,900"
2,741,146
Additional neck width 1 7/8" Extra wide (rare)
07/'62
Curved fingerboard
D-neck
Mid '63
Second pickguard screw nearer to middle-PU
Thinner fingerboard
Dots at XII. fret closer together
After '63
Slightly thicker headstock
08/'64
Gold Transition logo
4 pat. nos.: "PAT 2,573,254
3,143,028"
Late '64
2,741,146 2,960,900
"Kluson Deluxe" wording in two lines on tuners
Light grey pick-up bobbins
02/'65
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard now made of plastic
Mid '65
"F" on neck plate
5 pat. nos.: "PAT 2,573,254
3,143,028 2,817,261"
2,741,146 2,960,900
12/'65
Large headstock
A few bound necks (announced as standard in 66-67 catalogue)
Top contour reduced, back contour shortened
Mid '60s
A few mahogany bodies
One or more prototypes made from clear Lucite
02/'66
3 pat. nos. on headplate: "PAT 2,741,146 3,143,028 DES
169,062"
1967
Fender safety-slot tuning machines (by Schaller), chromeplated
05/'67
Optional maple fingerboard, black dots as big as pearl dots
After '67
Gold-plated hardware option dropped
Slightly thicker headstock
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06/'68
New logo with circled "R", "Stratocaster with synchronized
tremolo" wording enlarged, "PAT 2,741,146 3,143,028"
Standard nut width 1 5/8"
Optional nut widths at a surcharge: 1 1/2", 1 3/4" and 1 7/8"
Plastic-coated wires
Dark grey pick-up bobbins
1969
Neck more round and flat (increasing inconsistency in neck
shapes)
Metal shielding foil covering the control area
04/'70
Opt. one-piece MN
1 pat. no. on headplate: "PAT 2,741,146"
"with synchronized tremolo" wording dropped
Mid '71
Tilt neck with bullet truss rod, 3 screws
Late '71
Saddles made from chrome-plated die cast
Die cast tailblock, rear flange of baseplate slightly enlarged
2 string retainers on headplate
After '71
Slightly thicker headstock
Early '72
More ash bodies, alder increasingly less used
Mid '72
On headplate: "PAT 3,143,028"
1974
PUs with flat pole-pieces
1975
3-ply black pickguard and backplate introduced, 3-ply white
as an accessory
1976
All black trim (pickguard, PUs, knobs, and backplate)
Serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
PAT-no. and "Original contour body" wording dropped
09/'77
5-way sliding switch for PU selection
1977 to 1979
Optional Antigua finish with matching pickguard
After '77
Gold outline of logo slightly increased
1979
Blonde finish discontinued
LH model only with tremolo and MN
1979/1980
Limited "Hendrix" version with left-hand neck (4 screws) and
extra contour on body front (only 25 produced!)
Threshold of the More alder bodies again
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'80s
1980
Schaller Deluxe tuning machines without safety slot
One-piece black plastic pick-up bobbins
Hotter X-1 lead pick-up
International Colours introduced (until late 1981), combined
with white 3-ply pickguard and black knobs, switch tip, pickups and pickguard screws
1981
3-ply white pickguard reinstated (3-ply black optional), White
knobs and PUs later in the year
End of '81
Regular model now called Standard Stratocaster (aka
Smith Strat)
Small headstock, flatter neck more rounded at the sides with
4 screws and adjusting rod at body end
Large metal shielding foil covering the pick-up and control
area
Jewel Colours introduced (until mid 1983)
Body contours deepened
06/'82
Bridge cover deleted
1982
Approx. 200 bodies made from hackberry wood as a substitute for alder
06/'83
Standard Stratocaster (2nd Version)
Alder body, contours like early '60s
Tilt neck with 4-screw fastening, Bi-flex truss rod, adjusting
screw at headstock
One-piece MN, fingerboard radius 12" (305mm)
Jumbo frets (W/B): 2.8 x 0.9
Neck width at saddle: 1.7" = 4.35mm XII. fret: 5.5mm
Silver logo, small model designation
"Fender" logo on neck-plate
White one-layer pickguard w. 12 screws
1 volume and 1 tone knob, plug on pickguard, full dimension
shielding foil
Freeflyte tremolo system, strings loaded from the top
Chrome-plated die-cast tuning keys with "F" stamped on
back, no slots
Schaller security strap lock buttons
01/'84
RW (slab) fingerboard reintroduced as an option, white dots
markers
Late 1984
Limited edition Marble Strat:
Production numbers according to finisher Darren Johansen:
Red finish with black and white swirled in, sometimes resulting in grey areas as well (108 units);
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Blue finish mixed with yellow and black (105 units);
Yellow finish with white and silver, sometimes resulting in
gold patches (37 units);
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The Standard models
1.2.1 American Standard Stratocaster
With the opening of the new Corona factory, this was the official name of the standard Strat. The specifications were the same as those of the former Standard Stratocaster with minor alterations of its general features.
General Features:
Introduced
November 1986
Series
American Standard
Model no.
010-7400/2, LH: 010-7420/2
Body
Alder
Neck
4-bolt micro tilt neck
Bi-flex truss rod w. adjusting screw at headstock end
Fretboard
MN or RW, 22 frets
Fretboard radius 9.5" (241mm)
Nut width 1.6815 " (42.7mm)
Decal
Re-designed small; 2 roller string retainers
Headstock
Silver logo, small model name, "made in USA", serial no.
Pickguard
3-ply white, 11 screws
Finish
Polyurethane
06, 32, 43, 58, 68, 80
Pick-ups
3 single coil PUs, white with flush pole-pieces
Controls
1 Master Volume, 1 Master Tone (neck PU), 1 TBX master
(middle and bridge PUs), white knobs
Circuit
1 5-position sliding switch
Bridge
6 steel saddles, string-through-body
The Fender Reference
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Stratocaster
Vibrato
2-pivot vibrato tailpiece
Tuners
Chrome-plated die-cast tuners
Modifications over the years:
1990 – '93/94
Poplar bodies
Early '90s
Neck width at nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
Finishes: 06, 09, 28, 32, 41, 72
Finishes LH: 06, 09, 32, 41
1994 - 1995
Optional anodized aluminium hollow body (400 units made)
1996
Spaghetti logo, serial no. on back of headstock
Limited Edition with painted headstock: Olympic White, Lake
Placid Blue
By 1997
Ash body on Natural finish
Deluxe Fender die-cast machine heads
Hot bridge PU, reverse-wound middle PU, standard neck PU
1 Volume, 1 Tone (neck), 1 middle/bridge "no load" Tone
control
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 21, 24, 74, 93
Optional Hardtail-Version 010-7430/2
6/2000
Renamed American Series Stratocaster 011-7400/2, Hardtail 011-7430/2, LH 011-7420/2 (American series) Relevant
changes:
Ash or alder body
Medium jumbo frets
Staggered tuners
1 roller string retainer
Finishes:
- Alder body: 00, 03 (MN only), 06, 15, 74;
- Ash body: 01, 21
Finishes for Hardtail and LH: 00, 01, 06, 15
2002
Neckplates now read 'Fender Corona, California'
Complete selection of finishes (00, 01, 03, 06, 15, 21, 74) for
RW, Hardtail and LH
2003
Alder body only
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 25, 51, 95
Finishes for Hardtail and LH: 00, 05, 06, 25
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41
th
40 Anniversary medallion on headstock (only this year)
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 25, 50, 95
Pickguard: 1-ply black (on finish 50), 3-ply parchment (for the
rest)
1.2.2 Standard Stratocaster
1985 - 1997. This Japanese-built guitar is identical to the American Standard Stratocaster as introduced in 1986 in the new Corona factory.
Differing Features:
Model no.
027-4600/2, Japan
Head
1 string clamp
Changes over the years:
1988
Locking nut
1989
2nd version, similar to Mexican Standard Stratocaster
but with 2 string retainers
1992
3rd version (?)
1996 only
LH version (027-4620)
Basswood body
1-ply white pickguard w. 8 screws
1.2.3 Standard Stratocaster
Introduced in 1991 after the opening of the new factory in Ensenada, Mexico, this
is a budget version of the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
013-4600/2 (Standard series), Mexico
Body
Poplar
Neck
Maple, Width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
RW or maple fingerboard, 21 frets
9.5" radius (241 mm)
The Fender Reference
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Stratocaster
Head
Silver Transition-style Logo
1 string retainer
Finish
02, 06, 25, 32, 80
Pick-Ups
Standard single-coils
Tuners
Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Bridge
Vintage style
Modifications over the years:
1998
Finishes: 06, 32, 73, 75, 80
LH version introduced 013-4620/2
2002
Alder bodies on all models
Finishes for Standard Stratocaster, LH, Fat Strat: 06, 19, 29,
32, 75, 80
2006
Finishes for Standard Stratocaster, LH, HH, HSS: 06, 25, 32,
75, 80, 87
Minor Variants:
Standard Stratocaster Roland Ready
1998 -
Model no. 013-4660
Special features: Additional Roland GK-2A synth driver mounted behind bridge
pick-up, 3 synth control knobs
Finishes: 06, 32, 80
Standard Fat Strat
1999 -
Model no. 013-4700/2
2002
Renamed Stratocaster HSS
Standard Fat Strat Floyd Rose
1999 -
Model no. 113-4700
Special
features:
Floyd Rose locking tremolo
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RW only
2002
Renamed Stratocaster HSS with Locking Tremolo
After 2006
Discontinued
Standard Stratocaster Satin
2003 -
Model no. 013-4400/2
Special
features:
Velvety Satin finishes 09, 68, 73, 75
Stratocaster HH (Standard Double Fat Strat)
1/2004 -
Model no. 013-4800
Special
features:
RW only
2 Tex-Mex Fat Strat Humbucking Pickups, 3-way switch
3-ply black pickguard
Stratocaster Junior
1/2004 - 2006
Model no. 013-3800
Special
features:
Scale Length 22.72” (577mm)
Finishes: 06, 58
1.2.4 Squier Series Standard Stratocaster
Produced from 1992 - 1994 in Korea and from 1994 - 1997 in Mexico, based on
the Mexican Standard Stratocaster. Name changed to Traditional Stratocaster in
1996. This model was an even cheaper version of the inexpensive Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-3600/2
Head
Thick black logo, small "Squier Series" logo
Pickguard
1-ply white, 8 screws
The Fender Reference
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Stratocaster
Finish
06, 58, 80
Generally cheaper components
Minor Variants:
Squier Series Standard Stratocaster LH
1994 – 1997
Model no. 013-3620
Special features: RW only
Finishes: 06, 80
Squier Series Floyd Rose Standard Stratocaster
1994 – 1997
Model no. 113-1100/2
Special
features:
Locking vibrato
Traditional Fat Strat
1996 – 1997
Model no. 013-3700
Special features: 2 single coil pick-ups, 1 humbucker
1.2.5 American Stratocaster HH
Introduced in July 2003, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Differing Features:
Model no.
011-7100, Hardtail 011-7130 (American series), USA
Pick-Ups
1
Sidewinder
Humbucker
1 Black Cobra Humbucker (Bridge)
Controls
Master Volume (with S-1 Switch), Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone
2 No-Load Tone Control (Bridge Pickups)
Pickguard
3-ply Black
Finish
06, 25, 91, 95
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1.2.6 American Stratocaster HSS
Introduced in July 2003, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Differing Features:
Model no.
011-7000/2 (American series), USA
Body
Alder or Ash
Pick-Ups
2 Custom-Staggered Tex-Mex single-coils (Neck and Middle),
1 Fender Diamondback Humbucker (Bridge)
Controls
Master Volume (with S-1 Switch), Tone 1 (Neck and Middle
Pickups), Tone 2 (Bridge Pickup and Bridge/Middle Pickup
Combination)
Pickguard
3-ply Black (91), 3-ply Parchment (00, 06, 25, 47), 1-ply
Black (50)
Finish
Alder body: 00, 06, 91
Ash body: 47; Maple fingerboard only: 50
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Upgrades and Other Variants
1.3.1 Anniversary Stratocaster
This guitar was introduced in the summer of 1979 as a limited edition model to
commemorate the Stratocaster's 25th year in production. There were some 10,000
units produced between 1979 and 1980, giving quite a new meaning to the term
'limited'.
The original finish, being water-based, was prone to cracking, so it was changed to
a bluish Silver metallic after the first batch of approx. 500 units. According to
Larry Moudy, then a district sales manager, the colour was supposed to be silver all
along, but due to an error in the proportions of the necessary mixture, it turned out
as a frosty white.
Special features:
Production years 06/1979 - 1980 (available until 1981)
Neck
4 screw-fastening
The Fender Reference
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Stratocaster
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
One-piece MN, black dots
Head
Large CBS-style, 2 string retainers
Pickguard
3-ply black
Finish
White pearl with "Anniversary" written on upper horn
Tuners
Deluxe Sperzel tuners with string post locking system
Serial no.
Serial no. ('25' + 6 digits) and '1954 - 1979 25th Anniversary'
inscription on neckplate
1.3.2 The Strat
The Strat was the first model to turn the Stratocaster's often used affectionate abbreviation into an official model name. It was also an attempt to re-introduce some
of the cherished old-style features such as the small headstock (although the shape
of The Strat's headstock was nowhere near the original), 4-bolt neck fastening, and
deeper body contours, and combine them with up-to-date electronics and heavyduty brass hardware. The guitar was designed by Gregg Wilson, then head of R&D
at Fender.
Special features:
Production
years
06/1980 - 1983
Body
Ash, deeply contoured
Neck
4 screw-fastening
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
One-piece MN or RW board
Optional neck shapes: U (very thick), D (classic oval), C (wide
and flat)
Head
Very slim, 2 square string retainers
Decal
Gold logo + ® + 'Strat' + serial no. + "Made in USA"
Pickguard
3-ply white, 11 screws
Finish
09, 02
80 added in 06/'81
Matching headstock
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3 white single coil PUs
New-designed X-1 in lead position
Controls
1 V, 1 T, 1 two-way rotary switch; 5-way selector switch; all
gold-plated
Bridge
Heavy brass; gold-plated
Tuners
Lubricated deluxe Schaller keys, no split shaft
Specials
All hardware 22k gold-plated (the earliest examples came with
chrome tuners and polished brass hardware)
1.3.3 Walnut Strat
The Walnut Strat was a minor variant of the Strat, the main difference being, as the
name indicates, that it was made completely from Walnut. The Walnut Strat was
eventually replaced by the Walnut Elite Stratocaster.
Special features:
Production
years
06/1981 - 1983
Body
Walnut, deeply contoured
Neck
4 screw-fastening
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
One-piece walnut or walnut with ebony fingerboard
Optional neck shapes: U (very thick), D (classic oval), C (wide
and flat)
Head
Very slim, 2 square string retainers
Decal
Gold logo + ® + 'Strat' + serial no. + "Made in USA"
Pickguard
3-ply black, 11 screws
Pick-ups
3 black single coil PUs
New-designed X-1 in lead position
Controls
1 V, 1 T, 1 two-way rotary switch; 5-way selector switch; all
gold-plated
Bridge
Heavy brass; gold-plated
Tuners
Lubricated deluxe Schaller keys, no split shaft
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Stratocaster
Specials
All hardware 22k gold-plated
Serial no.
"CC" + 5 digits on head plate
1.3.4 Gold Stratocaster
The Gold Stratocaster was announced as a limited edition model in June 1981. In
principle it was nothing but a clever way to present something new to the customer
without any retooling. Basically the guitar combined features of The Strat and the
standard Stratocaster. Legend has it that due to the combination of gold finish and
gold-plated hardware, Fender incurred a financial loss with every unit sold.
Special features:
Production years 06/1981 – 1983
Body
Ash, deeply contoured
Neck
4 screw-fastening
Adjusting rod at body end
Head
Very slim, 2 square string retainers
Decal
Standard Stratocaster logo
Pickguard
3-ply white, 11 screws
Finish
Gold metallic
Specials
All hardware 22k gold-plated
Serial no.
"CA" + 5 digits on head plate
1.3.5 Elite Stratocaster
When the Elite Stratocaster was introduced in May 1983, it was an ambitious attempt to bring tradition and modern technology together and merge both into a
high grade instrument.
The innovative features included active electronics, a re-designed tilt-neck and
truss-rod adjustment device, individual on/off switches for each pick-up, locking
strap buttons, a flatter fingerboard radius and a newly designed vibrato with dropin string loading.
It is hard to tell whether the Elite would have caught on with musicians in the long
term, because due to the corporate problems leading to CBS eventually selling
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Fender in the beginning of 1985, the Elite series was only produced for some 20
months.
Special features:
Production
years
May 1983 - end of 1984
Neck
Bi-flex truss rod, adjusting rod at headstock
Nut width 1.7" (43.2mm)
Fretboard radius 12" (305mm)
Head
2 Ezy Glider string retainers
Headstock
Silver logo + ® + small 'Stratocaster' lettering + serial no. +
"Made in USA"
Pickguard
3-ply white
Standard
finishes
Black, Natural, Arctic White, Pewter, Sienna Sunburst, Brown
Sunburst
Custom colours
Bronze Stratoburst, Black Stratoburst, Blue Stratoburst,
Transparent: Emerald Green, Wild Cherry
Opaque: Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red, Candy Apple
Green, Aztec Gold
Pick-ups
3 white, plain-top
Active circuit
Edge-mounted jack socket
Controls
1 Volume, 1 mid-range, 1 high-range, white knobs with rubber
insert
3 push-button selectors for pickups
Bridge
Heavy die-cast bridge with drop-in string loading
Freeflyte tremolo with snap-on tremolo arm
Tuners
High-ratio, special lubricated tuners
Specials
Security lock strap buttons
LH version available (with one-piece MN only)
Minor variants:
Gold Elite
Stratocaster
Same as Elite Stratocaster except:
Gold-plated hardware
Pearloid tuner buttons
Walnut Elite
Same as Gold Elite Stratocaster except:
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Stratocaster
Walnut body and neck, ebony fretboard
Finish: Natural walnut only
1.3.6 Contemporary Stratocaster
To help Fender get through the difficult period after CBS had sold the company,
the Contemporary Stratocaster was imported from Japan.
Special features:
Production
years
1985 - 1987, Japan
Body
Downsized alder body with contoured heel
Neck
Black with RW fingerboard, pearl dots
Head
Black headstock
String clamp
Bridge
Double locking vibrato
Specials
Black hardware
Variants:
1
1 Humbucker, no pickguard
1 Volume knob
2
1 Humbucker, 2 single coils, black pickguard
1 Volume, 1 Tone; 3-way switch, coil tap
3
1 Humbucker, 2 single coils, black pickguard
1 Volume, 1 Tone; 5-way switch, coil tap
2 string guides
lever-type locking nut
chrome hardware
4
Humbuckers, black pickguard
1 Volume, 1 Tone; 3-way switch
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1.3.7 US Contemporary Stratocaster
Special features:
Production
years
1989 - 1997, USA (Custom Shop)
Model no.
010-9900/2
Neck
One-piece MN
Width at nut 1.700" (43 mm)
Pickguard
Laminated white shell
Pick-Ups
2
Texas
Special
1 Seymour Duncan humbucker
Finish
31, 37, 21, 44, 48
Bridge
Deluxe locking vibrato
Changes over the years:
1995
Finishes: 44, 59, 83
Minor Variants:
US Contemporary Stratocaster Floyd Rose
1995 -
Model no. 110-9200/2
Special
features:
Locking tremolo
1997
New model no.: 110-9900/2
Finishes: 44, 59, 83
US Contemporary Stratocaster FMT
1995 -
Model no. 110-9970/2
Special
features:
Flamed maple top
Deluxe tremolo
Finishes: 21, 31, 48
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coil
pick-ups
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Stratocaster
US Contemporary Stratocaster Floyd Rose FMT
1995 -
Model no. 110-9270/2
Special features:
Flamed maple top
Locking tremolo
Finishes: 21, 31, 48
1997
New model no.: 110-9970/2
1.3.8 Strat Plus
With the Strat Plus, Fender offered an upgraded version of the standard Stratocaster for the first time. They didn't veer off too far from the original however.
Special features:
Production
years
1987 – late 1998
Model no.
010-7500/2
Head
Roller nut, no string retainers
Pickguard
Laminated white or white pearl, 11 screws
Finish
02, 06, 40, 41, 57, 70
Pick-Ups
3 Gold Fender-Lace Sensors
Switching
TBX tone control
Tuners
Fender locking keys
Bridge
Locking vibrato
Changes over the years:
ca. 1993
Finishes: 06, 15, 32, 47, 70, 73, 75, 80, 90, 91
ca. 1995
Finishes: 06, 09, 28, 32, 41, 72
1994 - 1995
Optional anodized aluminium hollow body
1997
Finishes: 02, 05, 06, 09, 21, 24, 32
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1.3.9 HM Strat
This model was a typical child of the heavy metal era. It was produced in Japan,
and there were several variants of pick-up and pickguard layouts.
Special Features:
Production
years
1988 - 1989
Body
Sharply contoured basswood, downsized
Neck
Maple or RW fingerboard, 24 frets
25.1" scale length (= 638mm)
Locking nut
Head
Black headstock
Single-bar string guide
Decal
Large flamboyant "Strat" logo + small Fender logo
Pickguard
None or laminated black with 8 screws
Finish
Black, Blue, Red, White
Pick-ups
Various combinations of DiMarzio humbuckers / American
Standard single coils / Fender-Lace Sensors
Controls
1 Volume, 2 Tone (where applicable)
Switching
Pick-up selector switch, coil tap
Bridge
Double locking Kahler vibrato
Specials
Black hardware
Production was moved to the USA in 1989 and finally discontinued in 1990.
Minor variants:
Model no.: 010-2100/2
Special
features:
No pickguard
2 American Standard single coils pickups, 1 DiMarzio humbucker
1 5-way selector switch, coil tap switch
Two-pivot locking bridge / vibrato unit
Model no.: 010-2200
The Fender Reference
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Stratocaster
Special
features:
Laminated black pickguard
1 Silver Fender-Lace sensor (neck, angled)
1 DiMarzio humbucker (bridge)
1 Volume, 1 Tone controls
1 3-way selector switch, coil tap switch
Model no.: 010-2300
Special
features:
1.3.10
No pickguard
2 DiMarzio humbuckers
1 3-way selector switch, coil tap switch
Strat XII
After the unsuccessful Electric XII model of the mid-'60s, Fender consequently
based this 12-string guitar on their flagship model. This step gave it a popularity
boost, and at the same time kept expenses low since many of the parts of both
models were the same. Produced from 1988 to 1996 as part of the Special/Deluxe
series and from 1/2005 onwards in the Special Edition series, the Strat XII is a
standard Stratocaster in all respects, except for the 12-saddle bridge and the unusual elongated headstock which slightly resembles that of the Electric XII, yet
without the 'hockey stick' extension.
Special Features:
Production
years
1988 - 1996 and from January 2005, Japan
Model no.
027-8900
Body
Basswood
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Scale = 24 ¾" (629mm)
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
Width at nut = 1 ¾" (44.5mm)
Radius = 7.25"
Head
Elongated
1 bracket string guide
Decal
Gold Transition logo, model name
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Pickguard
3-ply white, 11 screws
Finish
00
Bridge
12 saddles, string-through-body
Tuners
Vintage tuners
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Changed features in 2005 model:
Body
Alder
Neck
Scale = 25.5" (648mm)
21 vintage frets
Width at saddle = 1.65" (42mm)
Head
Matching painted headstock
Decal
Gold Spaghetti logo, model name
Pickguard
3-ply aged white
Finish
00, 02, 66
Bridge
Fully adjustable 12-saddle hard-tail bridge
1.3.11
Paisley Stratocaster
This model is a reissue of a Stratocaster that never existed in this form. It combines
a Strat from around 1972 with the Telecaster's special hippy finishes of 1968.
Special features:
Production
years
1988 to 1996, and 2003 (Japan)
Model no.
027-9102
Body
Contoured ash
Neck
Maple fingerboard
Pickguard
Single-layer clear
Finish
Pink Paisley
Pick-ups
1 5-position sliding switch
The Fender Reference
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Stratocaster
1.3.12
Blue Flower Stratocaster
Special features:
Production
years
1988 to 1996, and 2003 (Japan)
Model no.
027-9302
Body
Contoured ash
Neck
Maple fingerboard
Pickguard
Single-layer clear
Finish
Blue Flower
Wiring
1 5-position sliding switch
Changes over the years:
1993
Blue Flower Stratocaster discontinued
1996
Paisley Stratocaster discontinued
2003
Both models re-introduced, 2003 only
1.3.13
Deluxe Strat Plus
The Deluxe Strat Plus is one step up from the Strat Plus, with ash veneer and a
Floyd Rose vibrato. Basic features are the same as on the Strat Plus.
Special features:
Production years 1989 – 1998
Model no.
110-9500/2
Body
Alder with ash-veneered top and back
Pickguard
3-ply white
Finish
07, 19, 28, 36, 37
Pick-Ups
1 Blue Fender-Lace Sensor (bridge), 2 Silver Fender-Lace
Sensors (neck and middle)
Tuners
Fender Deluxe locking keys
Bridge
Floyd Rose vibrato with LSR roller nut
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Changes over the years:
1990
Blue (neck), Silver (mid) and Red (bridge) Fender-Lace Sensors
Laminated white pearl or tortoise pickguard
1994 - 1995
Optional anodized aluminium hollow body
1997
Finishes: 06, 28, 36, 37, 44
1.3.14
HLE Stratocaster
The full name of this model is Homer Haynes Limited Edition Stratocaster. It was
the first Limited Edition Stratocaster produced by the Fender Custom Shop, with
200 units being built. The instrument was based on a 1957 Strat and featured a gold
anodized pickguard (a plain white guard was also included in the case), gold-plated
hardware, and a Custom Shop logo and serial number (1-200) on the back of the
headstock.
Special features:
Production
years
1989
Pickguard
Gold anodized, 8 screws
Finish
Gold
Hardware
Gold-plated
1.3.15
Stratocaster American Standard Deluxe
Special features:
Production years
1989 - 1990
Pick-Ups
3 Gold Fender-Lace Sensors
1.3.16
Short Scale Stratocaster
Special features:
Production
years
1989 to 1995, Japan
The Fender Reference
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Stratocaster
Body
Contoured ash, offset waist
Neck
24" scale length (= 610mm)
22 frets
Head
1 string guide
Pickguard
3-ply white, 8 screws
Finish
00, 06, 77, 80
Specials
Available by custom order
1.3.17
HM Strat Ultra
A model similar to the HM Strat, but slightly upgraded.
Special Features:
Production years 1990 – 1992
Body
Figured maple top and back
Neck
Ebony fingerboard, 24 frets, pearl triangle markers
Head
Finished black with mother-of-pearl logo
Pickguard
None
Pick-Ups
1 Blue Fender-Lace sensor
1 Gold Fender-Lace sensor
2 Red Fender-Lace sensor (dual configuration)
Switching
1.3.18
Mini switches
Strat Ultra
Built from 1990 – 1997 in the USA, the Strat Ultra was based on the American
Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
110-9800 (U.S. Plus/Deluxe series) USA
Body
Alder with figured ash top and back
Neck
Ebony fretboard, shell dots
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Head
No string retainer, roller nut
Pickguard
Laminated white or white pearl
Finish
19, 28, 36, 37
Pick-Ups
Blue Fender-Lace Sensor (neck), Gold Fender-Lace Sensor
(mid), dual Red Fender-Lace Sensor (bridge)
Controls
TBX tone control
Switching
1 coil tap switch
Bridge
Floyd Rose vibrato with LSR roller nut
Tuners
Polished Fender locking keys
59
Changes over the years:
1994 - 1995
Optional anodized aluminium hollow body
1997
Finish 19 replaced by 06
1.3.19
35th Anniversary Stratocaster
Built from 1990 - 1991. Another Custom Shop limited edition, this one made in
500 units.
Special features:
Body
Alder with quilted maple top
Neck
Birdseye maple with 22 fret ebony fingerboard Abalone dot
inlays
Pick-Ups
3 Silver Fender-Lace Sensors
5-position selector mini switches, active electronics
Finish
3-tone Sunburst
Tuners
Locking tuners
1.3.20
HRR '50s Stratocaster
1990 - 1993, loosely based on the standard Stratocaster of around 1957.
Special Features:
The Fender Reference
60
Stratocaster
Model no.
025-1002, Japan
Body
Basswood
Neck
One-piece MN, 22 frets
Finish
00, 06, Crimson Foto Flame, Blue Foto Flame, Olympic
White
Pick-ups
2 single coil PUs
1 DiMarzio humbucker
1 5-position sliding switch, coil split switch
Bridge
1.3.21
Double locking Floyd Rose vibrato
HRR '60s Stratocaster
1990 - 1993, loosely based on the standard Stratocaster of around 1961.
Special Features
Model no.
025-1000, Japan
Body
Basswood
Neck
RW fingerboard, 22 frets
Finish
00, 05, 06, Crimson Foto Flame, Blue Foto Flame
Pick-ups
2 single coil PUs
1 DiMarzio humbucker
1 5-position sliding switch, coil split switch
Bridge
1.3.22
Double locking Floyd Rose vibrato
American Classic Stratocaster
Introduced in 1992, this is the Custom Shop version of the American Standard
Stratocaster.
Differing features:
Model no.
010-4700/2 (010-4710/2 with gold-plated hardware)
Body
Alder, ash with 01 finish
Neck
Lightly figured hard rock maple
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Width at nut 1.6875" (43 mm)
Truss rod adjuster at headstock
Pickguard
Laminated brown or white shell
Pick-Ups
3 Texas Special single coil pick-ups
Finish
00, 01, 03 (MN), 05, 16, 65, 95 + Custom Colour options
Changes over the years:
1997
Finishes: 00, 01, 03 , 05
1998
Gold-plated hardware option discontinued
Finishes: 00, 01 with RW fingerboard; 01, 03 with MN
7/1999
New model no.: 015-5200/2
3-ply parchment pickguard
Finishes: 01, 62 with ash body; 00, 06 with alder body
1/2000
Renamed Custom Classic Stratocaster
2001
Finish: alder body: 00, 04, 06; ash body: 61, 62, 67
Pickups: 2 Modern Classic single-coil Pickups (Neck, Middle),
1 Hot Classic single-coil Pickup (Bridge)
2002
Now two separate versions:
V-neck 015-6200/2 and C-neck (015-6300/2)
1.3.23
Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster
1992 - 1997, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
110-6000/2, USA
Neck
Width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Head
1 single-bar string guide, locking nut
Finish
00, 06, 09, 41
Pick-Ups
1 DH-1 humbucker (bridge)
2 American Standard single coil PUs
Controls
1 Volume, 2 Tone
The Fender Reference
61
62
Stratocaster
Special design 5-position selector
Tuners
Vintage
Bridge
Locking vibrato
In 1998, the model was discontinued and replaced by the following 2 models
(American Specials series) which were themselves discontinued after 2002:
Floyd Rose Strat HSS
Special features: Model no. 110-6500/2
same as Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster
Floyd Rose Strat HH
Special features: Model no. 110-6700/2
2 DH-1 humbuckers
1.3.24
Set Neck Stratocaster
1992 - 1998, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-2500, (Custom Shop) USA
110-2600 with Floyd Rose locking vibrato
Body
Mahogany with figured maple top
Neck
Glued-in maple neck
Fingerboard
Ebony with pearl dots, roller nut
Pick-Ups
4 Fender-Lace sensors (2 in humbucker configuration at the
bridge)
Switching
Additional mini switches
Finish
21, 37, 38, 39
Tuners
Locking tuners
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Changes over the years:
1995
Ash body with highly figured book-matched maple top
Neck width 1.700" (43 mm)
2 Texas Special single coil pick-ups
1 Seymour Duncan humbucker
Finishes: 21, 37
Fender Deluxe vibrato
1997
New model no.: 010-2700
Floyd Rose option discontinued
1998
Rosewood fingerboard replaces ebony
1.3.25
Special Edition 1993 Stratocaster
1993 only
Special features:
Commemorative neck plate
Laminated white pearl pickguard
Gold-plated hardware
1.3.26
Special Edition 1994 Stratocaster
1994 only
Special features: Commemorative neck plate
Laminated grey pearl or tortoiseshell pickguard
Finish: Black or Blonde
1.3.27
1994 only
40th Anniversary Stratocaster
Approx. 1,954 units made
Special features: Stamped neck plate
1.3.28
Strat Special
Produced from 1994 - 1996, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
The Fender Reference
63
64
Stratocaster
Special Features:
Model no.
013-5600/2, Mexico
Body
Poplar with ash-veneered top
Neck
Rosewood or maple, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
Head
1 roller string retainer
Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
3-ply black
Finish
06, 07, 28, 32
Pick-Ups
2 Special Strat pickups (neck, mid)
1 Special Design humbucker (bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, black knobs
1 5-position sliding switch
1 2-position coil-splitter switch
Tuners
Vintage style
Bridge
Vintage style
1.3.29
Foto Flame Stratocaster
Produced from 1994 - 1996, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
025-1000 (Collectable series), Japan
Body
Contoured alder with basswood cap and Foto Flame Finish
Neck
4 screw-fastening, adjusting rod at body end
Foto Flame Finish
Width at nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
Slab rosewood fingerboard, 7.25" radius (= 18.4cm), 21 frets,
Head
Small, one string-retainer
Decal
Gold Spaghetti logo, pat. nos., "original contour body"
Pickguard
Laminated pearl or white
Finish
21, 31, 34, 60
Pick-ups
3 Vintage single-coil PUs
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Bridge
Vintage-style
Tuners
Vintage-style
1.3.30
Foto Flame Floyd Rose Standard Strat
1994 to 1996, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
125-5000 (Standard series), Japan
Body
Basswood with Foto Flame Finish
Neck
Maple, width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
Rosewood, 9.5" radius (= 24.1cm), 21 frets
Head
Locking nut with 1 large string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo, model name
Pickguard
3-ply white
Finish
Antique Foto Flame, Crimson Foto Flame, Blue Foto Flame
Pick-ups
2 standard single coil PUs
1 standard humbucker
Bridge
6 saddles, string-through-body
Floyd Rose II tremolo
Tuners
Standard keys
1.3.31
Carved Top Stratocaster
1995 - 1998, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
110-9000/2 (Custom Shop), USA
Body
Ash with carved figured maple top
Neck
Figured maple, roller nut
Width at nut 1.700" (43 mm)
Pickguard
none
The Fender Reference
65
66
Stratocaster
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Special single coil pick-ups
1 Seymour Duncan humbucker
Finish
21, 31, 37, 44, 48
Tuners
Locking tuners
Bridge
Floyd Rose locking tremolo
Changes over the years:
1996
New model no.: 010-9700/2
21, 31, 37, 38, 48
Deluxe vibrato
1998
Renamed Carved Top Strat HSS 010-2800/2
Carved Top Strat HH introduced 010-2900/2
After 1998
Discontinued
1.3.32
American Standard Strat GR Ready
1995 - 1998, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-7460/2 (American Standard series), USA
Pick-Ups
Additional Roland GK-2A synth driver mounted behind bridge
pick-up
Switching
1 Master Volume, 1 Master TBX, 1 Volume Synth PU
Additional 3-way mini toggle switch (guitar/both/synth), 2 push
buttons
Finishes
05, 06, 09, 32
1.3.33
50th Anniversary Stratocaster
1996 only (2,500 units made)
1.3.34
Lone Star Strat
1996 - 2004, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
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Special features:
Model no.
010-7900/2, (Hot Rodded American Series) USA
Pickguard
Laminated white pearl or tortoise
Finish
00, 05, 06, 09, 44, 45
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Specials (neck, mid),
1 Seymour Duncan Custom Wound Pearly Gates humbucker
(bridge)
Tuners
Deluxe die-cast machine heads
Modifications over the years
1999
Additional colour: 47 on ash body (one-piece MN only)
2001
Renamed American Fat Strat Texas Special 011-7900/2
Finishes: 00, 01 (ash body), 06, 09, 44, 45, 47 (ash body,
maple neck)
2003
Finishes: 00, 06, 47 (ash body), 81, 91
Pickguard: 4-ply white pearl
1/2004
Discontinued
1.3.35
Tex-Mex Strat
1996 - 1997, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-7600/2, Mexico
Body
Poplar
Head
Gold Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
White
Finish
06, 09, 32, 41, 72
Pick-Ups
3 Tex-Mex Trio single-coil PUs
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
Minor variant:
The Fender Reference
67
68
Stratocaster
Tex-Mex Strat Special
1997 only
Special features: 1 Humbucker, 2 single coil pick-ups
1.3.36
Roadhouse Strat
1997 - 2004, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
010-7300/2, (Hot Rodded American Series) USA
Pickguard
3-ply white pearl or tortoise
Finish
00, 05, 06, 09, 44, 45
Pick-Ups
3 Texas Special single-coil PUs
Tuners
Deluxe die-cast machine heads
Modifications over the years
2001
Renamed Strat Texas Special 011-7300/2
Finishes: 00, 01 (ash body), 06, 09, 44, 45, 47 (ash body,
maple neck)
2003
Finishes: 00, 06, 47 (ash body), 81, 91
Pickguard: 4-ply white pearl
1/2004
Discontinued
1.3.37
Big Apple Strat
1997 - 2004, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
010-7200/2, Hardtail: 010-7230/2, (Hot Rodded American
Series) USA
Pickguard
3-ply white pearl or tortoise
Finish
00, 05, 06, 09, 44, 45
Pick-Ups
1 Seymour Duncan Custom Wound "Pearly Gates Plus" humbucker (bridge)
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69
1 Seymour Duncan '59 (neck)
Switching
5-way switch
Tuners
Deluxe die-cast machine heads
Modifications over the years:
1999
Additional colour: 22 on ash body (rosewood fingerboard
only)
2000
Rosewood fingerboard only
2001
Renamed Double Fat Strat 011-7200 (Hardtail 011-7230)
Finishes: 00, (01 (ash body), 06, 09, 44, 45
2003
Finishes:
00,
06,
47
Pickguard: 4-ply white pearl
1/2004
Discontinued
1.3.38
(ash
body),
81,
91
California Strat
1997 - 1998, this is basically an American Standard Stratocaster fitted with three
Tex-Mex pick-ups, a satin-finished neck and vintage feel.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1400/2, (California Series) USA
Fingerboard
21 frets
Head
1 string retainer
Decal
+ "California Series"
Finish
06, 09, 32, 40, 41
Pick-Ups
3 Tex-Mex pickups, white
Bridge
Vintage-style
Minor variant:
California Fat Strat
Special features:
010-1500/2
2 Tex-Mex single-coil pickups
The Fender Reference
70
Stratocaster
1 Tex-Mex humbucker (bridge)
1.3.39
1997 Collector's Edition Stratocaster
1997 only (1,997 units made), based on the '62 Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1997, USA
Neck
Tinted maple with RW fingerboard
21 medium jumbo frets, pearl dots
Oval shaped "1997" pearl inlay at 12th fret
Pickguard
3-ply tortoiseshell
Finish
3-tone Sunburst
Pick-Ups
3 Texas Special single coil pickups, white
Bridge
Vintage-style tremolo
Tuners
Vintage tuners
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
Serialised neckplate
1.3.40
Deluxe Super Strat
1997 - 2004, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
013-9400/2 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Body
Ash
Pickguard
Laminated brown shell
Finish
06, 32, 38, 67
Pick-Ups
3 Super Fat Strat single-coil PUs
1 push-push button (pick-up activation)
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
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1.3.41
Classic Player Strat
Introduced in 1998, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
V-neck 010-0600/2
C-neck 010-0700/2 (Custom Shop) USA
Body
Alder or ash
Neck
Soft V-shaped or rounded C-shaped neck,
Fingerboard
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Pick-Ups
3 Custom Shop Noiseless single coil pick-ups
Finish
06 (with anodized aluminium pickguard), 31, 48
+ Custom Colour option
Pickguard
3-ply parchment or gold anodized
Tuners
Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners
Bridge
2-point vintage-style
Specials
Aged white plastic parts
Changes over the years:
7/1999
New model nos.: 015-5600/2 (V-neck) and 015-5700/2 (Cneck)
Finishes: on Alder body: 00, 38, 06 (with anodized aluminium
pickguard)
on Ash body: 01, 22, 62
2001
Finishes: on Alder body: 00, 38, 73, 75, 06 (with anodized
aluminium pickguard)
on Ash body: 03, 22, 61, 62, 67
2002
New model nos.: 015-6600/2 (V-neck) and 015-6700/2 (Cneck)
Finishes: 22 and 38 deleted
2003
Pickups: 1 Hot Noiseless (Bridge), 2 Noiseless
1.3.42
Relic Floyd Rose Stratocaster
1998 only, based on the 1969 standard Stratocaster.
The Fender Reference
71
72
Stratocaster
Special features:
Model no.
010-6800/2 (Custom Shop) USA
Pick-Ups
2 Custom '69 single coil pick-ups
1 Seymour Duncan '59 humbucking pick-up
Finish
05, 06
Bridge
Floyd Rose tremolo
1.3.43
American Deluxe Stratocaster
Introduced in 1998, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1000/2 (American Deluxe series), USA
Body
Alder or ash
Head
1 string retainer
Pickguard
3-ply aged white (2
Finish
Ash body: 00, 06, 38
Alder body: 01, 48, 94
Pick-Ups
3 Vintage-Noiseless PUs
Bridge
Deluxe 2-point synchronized tremolo
Tuners
Deluxe Fender locking staggered machine heads
Special
2nd pickguard screw is in pre-1963 position
nd
screw in pre-1963 position)
Modifications over the years:
2000
LH version introduced 010-1022, maple neck only
2001
LH: optional RW version introduced 010-1020
2002
2nd pickguard screw moves to usual position (near middle
pick-up)
1/2004
New model no.: 010-1200/2 LH 010-1220/2
Alder body
Finishes and Pickguards:
3-ply mint green on 00,
4-ply Brown shell on 20,
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4-ply Black shell on 91,
1-ply bevelled gold vinyl on 64
3 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless single-coils
1 Volume, 2 Tone controls,
5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1
1.3.44
American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster
Introduced in 1998, based on the American Deluxe Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1100/2 (w. Locking Tremolo 010-1190/2), USA
Head
LSR roller nut, no string retainer
Pick-Ups
2 Vintage-Noiseless PUs
1 Fender DH-1 humbucker (bridge)
Modifications over the years
1/2004
1.3.45
Renamed Deluxe Stratocaster HSS, 010-1500/2 (w. Locking tremolo 010-1590/2)
1 Fender DH-1 Humbucker (Bridge),
1 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless single-coil (Middle),
1 Hot Samarium Cobalt Noiseless single-coil (Neck)
Deluxe Powerhouse Strat
Introduced in 1998, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-9500/2 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Pickguard
4-ply white shell
Finish
02, 06, 09, 80
Pick-Ups
3 Powerhouse single-coil PUs
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Master "no load" Tone, 1 active mid-range boost
control
The Fender Reference
73
Stratocaster
74
Modifications over the years:
2001
Finish: 06, 09, 43, 63
2003
Alder body
1/2005
Finishes: 06, 25, 55, 59, 81
1.3.46
Deluxe Fat Strat Floyd Rose
Introduced in 1998, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
113-3100 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Neck
RW fingerboard only
Headstock
Large, CBS-style
Decal
Gold Transition-style logo with 'Deluxe series'
Pickguard
3-ply black
Finish
06, 80
Pick-Ups
1 Tex-Mex humbucker (bridge), 2 Tex-Mex single coil Pus
Bridge
Floyd Rose locking tremolo
Variants:
Deluxe Double Fat Strat Floyd Rose
Introduced in 1998, based on the Deluxe Fat Strat Floyd Rose.
Model no.
113-3300
2 Tex-Mex humbucker
Deluxe Fat Strat
Introduced in 7/1999, based on the Deluxe Fat Strat Floyd Rose.
Special features:
Model no.
013-3100
Fender synchronized tremolo
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1 string retainer
no locking nut
Deluxe Double Fat Strat
Introduced in 7/1999, based on the Deluxe Double Fat Strat Floyd Rose.
Special features:
Model no.
013-3300
Fender synchronized tremolo
1 string retainer
no locking nut
Modifications over the years:
2002
Renamed Deluxe Fat Strat HSS (with Locking Tremolo)
and Deluxe Double Fat Strat HH (with Locking Tremolo)
respectively
Finishes: 06, 43
2003
Alder body
1/2005
Strat HH 013-3300 and 113-3300 discontinued
1/2006
Deluxe Fat Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo 113-3100 discontinued
1.3.47
Sub-Sonic
2001 only, based on the American Series Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
HSS: 015-4530/2 and
HH: 015-4630/2 (Custom Classic series), USA
Neck
27" scale tuned B-E-A-D-G-B
Finish
00, 04, 06, 09
Pick-Ups
2 DH-1 humbuckers (HH), or
1 DH-1 humbucker and 2 single coil PUs (HSS)
The Fender Reference
75
76
Stratocaster
Bridge
1.3.48
String-through-body hardtail bridge
Highway 1 Stratocaster
Introduced in 7/2002, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
011-1100/2 (LH 011-1120) (Highway One series), USA
Pickups
3 Vintage-style single-coils with staggered pole-pieces
Pickguard
3-ply white
Finish
(Satin
Lacquer
LH: 27, 38, 67
Bridge
Vintage-style
Tuners
Standard
Finish)
27,
38,
39,
48,
67
Minor variant:
Highway 1 Stratocaster HSS
Introduced in 1/2003, based on the Highway 1 Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
011-1700
Pickups
1 Atomic Humbucker (Bridge),
2 Vintage-style single-coils with staggered pole-pieces
Finish
(Satin Lacquer Finish) 20, 39, 92
Modifications over the years
2004
Finishes
Highway 1 Stratocaster: 00, 27, 38, 48, 67 (not HSS and LH)
2005
Finish 48 discontinued
7/2006
Model nos. change to 011-1160/2, 011-1126 (LH), 011-1760
(HSS)
Finishes: 00 (right hand only), 04, 06, 67 (not HSS), 75
Pickups: 3 (HSS 2) Hot single-coil single-coils with Alnico 3
Magnets and Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity Middle
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Pickup
Pickguard: 3-ply Parchment
Large ‘70s style headstock
Early ‘70s style decal and “Original Contour Body” decal on
headstock
Black pickup covers and plastic parts (HSS only)
1.3.49
Strat-O-Sonic DV I
Produced from 1/2003 - end 2004.
Special features:
Model no.
011- 4600 (American Special series), USA
Body
Honduran mahogany with five tone chambers
Neck
C-shape
Scale Length 24 3/4” (629 mm)
Fingerboard
RW
Width at nut 1.6875” (43mm)
Head
Black-face, 1 string retainer
Decal
Spaghetti logo, 'Made in USA', model name
Pickguard
3-ply black, half-sized
Finish
32, 38, 50
Pick-Ups
1 DE-9000 Black Dove single-coil Pickup
Controls
1 V, 1 T
Tuners
Deluxe Locking staggered die-cast
Bridge
Tender Tech-Tonic
Minor Variants:
Strat-O-Sonic DV II
1/2003 – 2006, based on the Strat-O-Sonic DV I.
Differing features:
The Fender Reference
77
78
Stratocaster
Model no.
011- 4700, (American Special Series) USA
Pick-Ups
2 DE-9000 Black Dove single-coil Pickups
Controls
1 V, 1 T
3-Way toggle
Modifications over the years:
2005
Renamed Strat-O-Sonic HH Black Dove
Strat-O-Sonic HH
1/2005 – 2006, based on the Strat-O-Sonic DV II.
Differing features:
Model no.
011- 4800, (American Special Series) USA
Pick-Ups
2 humbuckers
1.3.50
Acoustasonic Strat
Introduced in 1/2003. Special features:
Model no.
013-9700 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Body
Alder with graphite top
Neck
Modern C-shape
Fingerboard
RW, 22 Medium jumbo frets
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Pickguard
None
Finish
27, 38
Pick-Ups
3 in-bridge piezo pick-ups
Controls
1 V, 1 Active Tone, 3 PC board-mounted trim pots for volume
adjustment of each piezo
Bridge
Rosewood acoustic bridge with 3-piece compensated plastic
saddle
Tuners
Standard
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1.3.51
50th Anniversary Stratocaster
2004 only. Special features:
Model no.
010-2004 Deluxe 011-2004
Body
Alder
Fingerboard
One-piece MN (Deluxe: optional rosewood board)
Pickguard
1-ply bevelled parchment
Pick-Ups
3 Custom Shop Vintage 1954 Strat single-coils (Deluxe: 3
SC-NLS Strat single-coils)
Switching
Deluxe: S-1 switch
Finish
03
Tuners
Deluxe staggered sealed (Deluxe: locking tuners)
Bridge
Standard (Deluxe: Deluxe tremolo with pop-in arm)
1.3.52
American Deluxe Stratocaster V-Neck
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the American Deluxe Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1302 (American Deluxe series), USA
Finishes
and 1-ply bevelled mint green vinyl on 03
Pickguards:
1-ply bevelled gold vinyl on 06, 09
1-ply bevelled copper vinyl on 67
1.3.53
American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the American Deluxe Stratocaster
Special features:
Model no.
010-1400/2 LH 010-1420/2 (American Deluxe series), USA
Body
Premium ash
Finishes and
Pickguards:
4-ply white pearloid on 31
3-ply Black on 50
3-ply mint green on 52
The Fender Reference
79
80
Stratocaster
Modifications over the years:
2007
1.3.54
LH discontinued
American Deluxe Strat FMT/QMT HSS
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the American Deluxe Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
FMT 010-1570
QMT 010-1580
Body
Select alder with Flame maple top or Quilt maple top
Fingerboard
Ebony, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
Finishes:
20, 52, 61, 62
Pick-Ups
1 Fender DH-1 Humbucker (Bridge),
2 Hot Samarium Cobalt Noiseless single-coils
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
Switching
5-position blade
2-position push/push S-1
1.3.55
Deluxe Players Strat
Introduced in 1/2004. Special features:
Model no.
013-3000/2 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Body
Ash
Fingerboard
12" radius, 21 frets
Pickguard
4-ply Brown shell
Finish
00, 27, 38, 67
Pick-Ups
3 Vintage Noiseless single-coils
Controls
1 Volume, 2 Tone
1 5-way switch, 1 push/push mini switch
Miscellaneous
Gold Plated Hardware
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Strat-O-Sonic DV I
1.3.56
81
Tie-Dye Strat HS
2004 only. This Korean-made guitar was a kind of Superstrat with a slab body with
sharp body edges but no slimming (i.e. the body silhouette was identical to that of
a Standard Strat). Body and headstock were finished with an actual photograph of a
tie-dyed T-shirt printed onto them.
Special Features
Model no.
026-4900 and 026-4901, (Special Edition series) Korea
Body
Basswood
Neck
Modern C-shape
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, 22 vintage frets
9.5" radius (241mm)
Width at nut 1.625"
No fretboard markers (side dots only)
Graphite nut
Head
Matching painted headstock
Pickguard
none
Finish
(550) Hippie Blue, (550) Band of Gypsies
Body front and headstock only (back and sides of the body
were black)
Pick-Ups
1 humbucker (Bridge),
1 single coil (Neck)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone; black metal
1 3-way sliding switch
Jack socket mounted in body edge
Tuners
Locking tuners
Bridge
2-point synchronized tremolo
1.3.57
Lite Ash Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the American Series Stratocaster.
Special Features:
The Fender Reference
82
Stratocaster
Model no.
026-5002, (Special Edition series) Korea
Body
Ash
Neck
Birdseye Maple, modern C-shape
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
One-piece maple, abalone dots
9.5" radius (241mm)
Width at nut 1.625”
Head
2 string retainers
Pickguard
1-ply black, 11 screws
Finish
21
Pick-Ups
3 single coils, staggered pole-pieces
Modifications over the years
2005
1.3.58
Finishes: 06, 21, 41
Aerodyne Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2005. Special Features
Model no.
025-6505 (Special Edition Series), Japan
Body
Basswood (Unique radius/carved top), cream binding on top
Neck
C-shape
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, 22 Medium jumbo frets
9.5" radius (241mm)
Width at nut 1.65”
Head
Painted black
Decal
Silver Applique Logo
Finish
06
Pickguard
none
Tuners
Vintage-style
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Bridge
83
Vintage-style
Modifications over the years
7/2006
1.3.59
New model no.: 025-6506
Finishes: 21, 38, 70
Fingerboard radius: 7.25" (184mm)
Pickguard: 3-ply Mint Green
Big Block Stratocaster
Introduced in 7/2005, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-4200 (Deluxe Series), Mexico
Fingerboard
White pearloid block Inlays on an unbound neck
Head
Matching colour
Pickguard
1-ply chrome
Finish
06
Pick-Ups
2 Vintage-style Tele single-coils (Neck & Bridge),
1 Vintage-style Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity Tele singlecoil (Middle)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
5-position blade
1.3.60
Strat Pro
Introduced in 1/2006, this guitar is not based on a single model, but it's rather a
compound of 'the most requested modifications that the Custom Shop has offered
over the past 20 years' to use Fender's very own words.
Special features:
Model no.
150-0300/2, (Custom Shop Special Edition) USA
Neck
C-shaped
Width at nut = 1.6875" (43mm)
Roller nut, satin finish
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
The Fender Reference
84
Stratocaster
Fingerboard
RW fingerboard or one-piece MN
12" radius (305mm)
21 Medium Jumbo frets
Head
Large CBS-style, no string retainers
70s-style logo and 'Original contour body patented' plus 1
PAT no. lettering
Pickguard
3-ply parchment
Finish
06, 80
Pick-Ups
3 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless single-coils
Tuners
Schaller Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking, staggered
Bridge
2-point synchronized tremolo
Specials
Contoured heel
Greasebucket tone circuit
Closet Classic finish
Modifications over the years:
1/2007
1.3.61
New model no.: 150-0310/2
22 frets
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock end
Deluxe Power Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2006.
Special features:
Model no.
013-93000 (Deluxe Series),Mexico
Fingerboard
Rosewood only, 21 frets
Pickguard
4-ply Brown shell
Finish
03, 06, 67
Pick-Ups
2 Tex-Mex Strat single coil pickups
1 Tex-Mex Strat humbucker (bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 no load Tone, 1 Fishman Power Bridge Tone
Bridge
6-Saddle Fishman Power Bridge with tremolo
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1.3.62
60th Anniversary Stratocaster
2006 only. Special features:
Model no.
011-6000 (LH 011-6020), (American series)USA
Body
Alder
Neck
C-shape
Fingerboard
Rosewood with pearloid dots
Finish
00
Pick-Ups
3 American Vintage Strat single-coils (Mid R/W-R/P),
Delta Tone system
Specials
Stamped 60th Anniversary neck plate,
Cubic Zirconium Inlaid headstock emblem,
“Parchment” knobs and pickup covers,
1.3.63
60th Anniversary Standard Stratocaster
2006 only. Special features:
Model no.
014-6002, (American series) USA
Body
Alder
Neck
C-shape
Fingerboard
One-piece maple
Headstock
Silver Transition logo
Finish
55
Pick-Ups
3 Tex-Mex Strat single-coils
Specials
Stamped 60th Anniversary neck plate,
“Parchment” knobs and pickup covers,
1.3.64
Koa Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2006, based on the American Series Stratocaster.
Special Features:
The Fender Reference
85
86
Stratocaster
Model no.
026-5106 (Special Edition series), Korea
Body
Basswood body with Koa veneer top
Neck
Birds-eye maple
Fingerboard
Rosewood only
Width at nut 1.625”
Head
Chrome Spaghetti logo, no model name
2 string retainers
Pickguard
3-ply white pearloid
Pick-Ups
3 Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro single-coils
Finish
37
1.3.65
Classic Player ‘50s Strat
Introduced in 7/2006, based on the 1950s standard Stratocaster.
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
014-1102 (Custom Classic series), USA
Body
Alder
Neck
1-piece Maple, soft “V” Shape
Width at nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Fingerboard
21 Medium jumbo frets
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Head
No string retainer
Switching
5-position blade
Finish
03, 44, Polyester finish
Tuners
Vintage-style locking tuners
Bridge
Vintage Style 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo
Specials
“Custom Shop Designed” Neck Plate,
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1.3.66
87
Classic Player ‘60s Strat
Introduced in 7/2006, based on the 1960s standard Stratocaster.
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
014-1100 (Custom Classic series), USA
Body
Alder
Neck
C-shape
Width at nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Fingerboard
21 Medium jumbo frets
12” Radius (305 mm)
Head
No string retainer
Finish
00, 72, Polyester finish
Pick-Ups
3 Custom ‘69 single-coils
Switching
5-position blade
Tuners
Vintage-style locking tuners
Bridge
Vintage Style 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo
Specials
“Custom Shop Designed” Neck Plate,
1.3.67
VG Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2007, based on the American Series Stratocaster. This guitar is a
new edition of the Roland Ready with some improved features.
Special features:
Model no.
011-7500/2 (American series), USA
Finish
00, 06 (Polyurethane)
Pick-ups
1 additional Roland VG pick-up
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone; standard Strat knobs
1 5-position tuning function control, 1 5-position mode control; smaller Strat-type knobs
The Fender Reference
88
Stratocaster
1.3.68
Vintage Hot Rod '57 Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2007, based on the 1957 standard Stratocaster.
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
010-0132 (Vintage Hot Rod series), USA
Body
Alder
Neck
Soft V-shape
Fingerboard
21 Medium jumbo frets
9.5" radius (241mm)
Finish
03, 06, 09 (nitrocellulose)
Pick-ups
3 single-coils (DiMarzio in bridge position)
Switching
5-position blade
1.3.69
Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2007, based on the 1962 standard Stratocaster.
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
010-0140 (Vintage Hot Rod series), USA
Body
Alder
Neck
Thick C-shape
Fingerboard
21 Medium jumbo frets
9.5" radius (241mm)
Finish
00, 05, 46 (nitrocellulose)
Pick-ups
3 single-coils (reverse polarity on middle-PU)
Switching
5-position blade
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1.3.70
'60s Closet
Competition Stripe
Classic Stratocaster
89
with
Special features:
Model no.
927-5196 (Custom Shop Limited Release Series)
Introduced
1/2007
Neck
'60s oval C-Shape
Fingerboard
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Medium jumbo frets
Pickguard
3-ply mint green
Finish
02, 04, 05, 06, 40, 44, 45, 46, 49, 54, 56, 57, 66, 72, 83
White Competition stripe (blue on 05)
Pick-Ups
3 Big Dipper single-coil single-coils with special “Scooped”
mid-range voicing
Controls
5-Position blade
Specials
Aged knobs and switch tip
CS Lim. Ed. neckplate
1.3.71
20th Anniversary Masterbuilt 2007 Stratocaster Closet Classic
Special features:
Model no.
927-0009 (Custom Shop Limited Release), USA
Introduced
2/2007
Body
Ash
Neck
Maple, '65 C-shape
Width at nut 1.65" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
Rosewood, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
21 narrow Jumbo frets
Headstock
Enlarged CBS-shape
Pickguard
3-ply mint green
The Fender Reference
Stratocaster
90
Finish
00, 02, 03, 05, 06, 09, 21, 30, 33, 40, 41, 57, 66, 72, 82,
85, 98, 99 (nitrocellulose)
Pick-ups
3 single-coils (reverse polarity on middle-PU)
Switching
5-way sliding
Tuners
Deluxe
Bridge
2-point vibrato with pop-in arm
Specials
Aged knobs and switch tip
CS 20th Anniversary neckplate
1.4
Reissue Models
1.4.1 Vintage '57 Stratocaster
The '57 Stratocaster was first presented, together with the '62 Stratocaster, at the
winter NAMM show in January 1982, but production started much later that year,
since according to Dan Smith, 'the facility was in such poor shape that we actually
could not get into the manufacturing of the vintage guitars. We didn't deliver the
Stratocaster reissues until near the end of 1982.'
For some years, some minor details were not 100% true to the original, because
retooling and adopting the necessary manufacturing processes would have been
way too expensive.
For example, the neck profiles had to be standardised for the '57 and the '62 models, and owing to players' overall preferences, Fender opted for a very flat crosssection unknown to any 1957 Stratocaster. Likewise, the positioning of the dots at
the 12th fret, which had been correct on the prototypes (as shown in the 1982 catalogue), was like that on the current Stratocaster. Other features that were not period-correct, include white instead of clay dots, white instead of greenish pickguard
and the omission of patent numbers on the headstock (the last three examples applying only to the '62 reissue). This list could go on. Fender's initial goal was not to
make perfect replicas (this task was taken up later by the Custom Shop with its
Time Machine series), but to make a classic design available to and affordable for
a great number of musicians.
However, many of these incorrect features were in fact corrected later.
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91
Special features:
Model no.
010-0908
Finish
02, 03, 06, 09, 40, 41
Circuit
5-way update kit included
Serial no.
"V" + 7 digits on neck plate
Changes over the years:
1986
Finishes: all of the above plus 01, 57
1995
Finishes: 03, 06, 08, 09, 40, 41
1996 - 1997
Custom Shop LH version 010-5722
1997
Finishes: 03, 06, 09, 40, 41, 44
1998
New model no.: 010-0102
Normal production LH version introduced 010-0122
Finishes: 01 (ash body), 03, 06, 09, 40, 78
1999
LH Finishes: 01 (ash body), 03, 06, 09
2001
Finishes: 01 (ash body), 03, 06, 24, 54, 83
LH Finish: 03 only
2003
Finishes: 01 (ash body), 03, 06, 08, 57, 83
1.4.2 Vintage '62 Stratocaster
Produced from 1982 - 1985, and from 1986 until today. This model is in fact based
on the instrument as it was built at the beginning of 1961, before the two patent
numbers appeared on the headstock. For a full introduction, please refer to the
Vintage '57 Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-0909
Finish
02, 03, 06, 09, 40, 41
Circuit
5-way update kit included
Serial no.
"V" + 7 digits on neck plate
The Fender Reference
92
Stratocaster
Changes over the years:
1986
Finishes: all of the above plus 01, 57
1995
Finishes: 00, 06, 08, 09, 40, 41
1996 - 1997
Custom Shop LH version 010-6220
1997
Finishes: 00, 06, 09, 40, 41, 44
1998
New model no.: 010-0100
Normal production LH version introduced 010-0120
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 09, 40, 46
1999
LH Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 09
2001
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 24, 54, 83
LH Finish: 00 only
2003
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 08, 57, 83
1.4.3 '50s Stratocaster
This Japanese-built model was known in the UK as the Squier Series '57 Stratocaster (1982 - 1983). It could be distinguished from the American Vintage version
by the small 'Squier Series' logo on the bout of the head. From 1983 to 1985 this
guitar was sold under the actual Squier brand, and in 1985 it was re-introduced
under the Fender brand. In 1999 the production was moved to Mexico.
Special features:
Model no.
025-5702 (LH: 025-5722, non-vibrato: 025-57??), Japan
Body
Basswood
Finish
03, 05, 06, 09, 56, 72
(LH only 03)
Specials
1 x 5-position sliding switch
Changes over the years:
1993
Non-vibrato version discontinued
1996
New model no.: 027-1002 (LH: 027-1022)
1998
LH version discontinued
1/1999
Production moved to Mexico
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Model no. 013-1002
Body now from poplar (alder for Sunburst finish), 5-way
switch
Finish: 03, 04, 05, 06, 54, 57
2003
Alder bodies for all finishes
1/2005
Finishes: 03, 04, 06, 40, 44, 57
1.4.4 '60s Stratocaster
This Japanese-built model was known in the UK as the Squier Series '62 Stratocaster (1982 - 1983). It could be distinguished from the American Vintage version
by its small 'Squier Series' logo on the bout of the head. From 1983 to 1985 this
guitar was sold under the actual Squier brand, and in 1985 it was re-introduced
under the Fender brand. In 1999 the production was moved to Mexico.
Special features:
Model no.
025-6200 (LH: 025-6220), Japan
Body
Basswood
Finish
00, 05, 06, 09, 56, 72
(LH only 00)
Specials
1 x 5-position sliding switch
Changes over the years:
1996
New model no.: 027-1000 (LH: 027-1020)
1998
LH version discontinued
1/1999
Production moved to Mexico
Model no. 013-1000
Body now from poplar (alder for Sunburst finish), 5-way
switch
Finish: 00, 04, 05, 06, 54, 57
2003
Alder bodies for all finishes
1/2005
Finishes: 00, 04, 06, 40, 44, 57
The Fender Reference
94
Stratocaster
1.4.5 '72 Stratocaster
This model was based on the standard Stratocaster as produced around 1972. (Reputedly this guitar did not appear in the catalogue.)
Special features:
Production
years
1985 - 1996, Japan
Model no.
027-5902
Decal
No pat. nos.
Finish
00, 21, 41
Specials
1 5-position sliding switch
Changes over the years:
1996
Japanese production discontinued
1/1999
Now produced in Mexico as '70s Stratocaster 013-7000/2
Body now made from ash
Vintage frets
2002
Finishes: 00, 06, 21, 41
1.4.6 '68 Stratocaster
Another vintage reissue from Japan, this one being based on the standard Stratocaster of around 1968.
Special features:
Production
years
1988 to 1998 and from January 2005, Japan
Model no.
027-9202
Body
Basswood
Neck
Maple fingerboard only
Finish
00, 21, 40
1 5-position sliding switch
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Modifications over the years
1996
LH version introduced (027-9222)
1998
Discontinued
1/2005
'68 Stratocaster LH 027-9222 reintroduced (Special Edition
Series)
Finishes: 00, 41
2007
Discontinued
1.4.7 '54 Stratocaster
1992 - 1998, based on the 1954 standard Stratocaster.
Differing features:
Model no.
010-5402, 010-5412 with gold-plated hardware (Custom
Classic series) USA
Neck
Lightly figured one-piece MN
Fingerboard
Radius 9.5" (241 mm)
Switching
Modern 5-position blade
Finish
03, 07, 78
Minor variant:
'54 Stratocaster FMT
1995 - 1998
Model no. 010-5472 (010-5482 with gold-plated hardware)
Special features: Highly figured flamed-maple top
7.25" fingerboard radius (184 mm)
Finishes: 03, 21, 31
1.4.8 1960 Stratocaster
1992 - 1998, based on the 1960 standard Stratocaster.
Differing features:
The Fender Reference
95
Stratocaster
96
Model no.
010-6000 (010-6010 with gold-plated hardware), (Custom
Classic series) USA
Neck
Lightly figured maple neck
Fingerboard
Radius 9.5" (241 mm)
Pick-ups
3 Texas Special single coil PUs with aged covers
Switching
Modern 5-position blade
Finish
00, 06 with 3-ply white pickguard
05 with 3-ply tortoise pickguard and matching headstock
Custom colour option
Minor variant:
'60 Stratocaster FMT
1995 - 1998
Model no. 010-6070 (010-6080 with gold-plated hardware)
Special features: Highly figured flamed-maple top
7.25" fingerboard radius (184 mm)
Finishes: 03, 21, 31
1.4.9 Relic '50s Stratocaster
Introduced in 1995, based on the mid 1950s Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
010-5802 (010-5812 for gold-plated hardware), (Custom
Shop) USA
Neck
Width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
9.5" radius
Specials
5-position blade
In January 1999, when the Relic concept was broadened, the model received a new
name and three finish variants were offered in the newly created Time Machine
series.
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'56 Stratocaster
NOS
Model no. 015-0402 (010-0412 for gold-plated hardware)
Finishes: 01, 03, 06, 40
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-0502 (010-0512 for gold-plated hardware)
Finishes: 03, 06, 07, 40
Relic
Model no. 015-0602 (010-0612 for gold-plated hardware)
Finishes: 03, 06, 07, 40
1.4.10
Relic '60s Stratocaster
Introduced in 1995, based on the 1960 Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
010-6400 (010-6410 for gold-plated hardware), (Custom
Shop) USA
Neck
Width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Specials
5-position blade
Renamed in January 1999, and from then on offered in three finish variants within
the newly created Time Machine series.
'60 Stratocaster
NOS
Model no. 015-0700 (010-0710 for gold-plated hardware)
Finishes: 00, 04, 05, 40
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-0800 (010-0810 for gold-plated hardware)
Finishes: 00, 04, 05, 40
Relic
Model no. 015-0900 (010-0910 for gold-plated hardware)
Finishes: 00, 04, 05, 40
1.4.11
'58 Stratocaster
1996 - 1997, based on the 1958 standard Stratocaster.
The Fender Reference
98
Stratocaster
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
010-0802, 010-0812 with gold-plated hardware, (Custom
Classic series) USA
Body
Alder; ash with 01 finish
Pick-Ups
3 Fat '50s single coil pick-ups
Switching
5-position blade
Finish
00, 01, 06 + Custom Colours
1.4.12
'69 Stratocaster
Introduced in 1997, based on the 1969 Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
010-6900/2, (Custom Classics series) USA
From January 1999 onwards offered in three finish variants within the newly created Time Machine series.
NOS
Model no. 015-1700/2
Finishes: 00, 05, 06
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-1800/2
Finishes: 00, 05, 06
Relic
Model no. 015-1900/2
Finishes: 00, 05, 06
1.4.13
N.O.S. Stratocaster
1998 only, based on the mid 1960s standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-0500/2, (Custom Shop) USA
Fingerboard
Rosewood or maple fingerboard
Head
Small headstock
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Decal
Transition logo
Pick-Ups
3 Custom '65 single coil pick-ups
Finish
00, 05, 06
1.4.14
'65 Stratocaster
Introduced in July 2002, Time Machine series.
Variants:
NOS
Model no. 015-2700
Finishes: 00, 02, 05, 69
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-2800
Finishes: 00, 02, 05, 69
Relic
Model no. 015-2900
Finishes: 00, 02, 05, 69
1.4.15
'66 Stratocaster
Introduced in July 2004, Time Machine series.
Variants:
NOS
Model no. 150-6600/2
Finishes: 09, 45, 53
Closet Classic
Model no. 151-6600/2
Finishes: 09, 45, 53
Relic
Model no. 152-6600/2
Finishes: 09, 45, 53
1.4.16
'70s Stratocaster
Introduced in 10/2005, based on the early '70s standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
The Fender Reference
99
100
Stratocaster
Model no.
010-0070, (American Vintage series) USA
Body
Ash or alder
Neck
U-shape
3-bolt tilt neck with bullet truss-rod adjuster
Fingerboard
RW or MN, 21 vintage frets
7,25" radius (= 184 mm)
Head
1 string retainer
Decal
Black TV logo + ® + 'Stratocaster' + 'Original contour body
patented'
Finish
00, 21 (ash)
05, 06 (alder)
Pickguard
3-ply white
Pick-ups
3 vintage single-coils
Switching
1 V, 2 T
1 3-way switch (5-way switch included)
1.4.17
1957 Commemorative Stratocaster
1/2007, based on the 1957 standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
017-1957 (American Vintage series), USA
Body
Alder
Finish
01
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
1.4.18
‘57 Heavy Relic Stratocaster
Special features:
Model no.
927-0007 (Custom Shop Limited Release), USA
Introduced
1/2007
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Neck
One-piece maple
'57 soft V-shape
Width at nut 1.65" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
9.5" radius (241 mm)
21 narrow Jumbo frets
Pickguard
1-ply parchment, 8 screws
Finish
01, 03, 05, 06, 33, 40, 57, 72, 882, 99 (nitrocellulose)
Pick-ups
3 single-coils
Switching
5-way sliding
Tuners
Vintage
Bridge
Vintage
Specials
Aged knobs and switch tip
CS Lim. Ed. neckplate
1.4.19
‘62 Heavy Relic Stratocaster
Special features:
Model no.
927-0008 (Custom Shop Limited Release), USA
Introduced
1/2007
Body
Ash
Neck
Maple, '65 C-shape
Width at nut 1.65" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
Rosewood, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
21 narrow Jumbo frets
Pickguard
3-ply mint green
Finish
00, 02, 04, 06, 09, 33, 40, 41, 56, 82 (nitrocellulose)
Pick-ups
3 single-coils
Switching
5-way sliding
Tuners
Vintage
The Fender Reference
101
102
Stratocaster
Bridge
Vintage
Specials
Aged knobs and switch tip
CS Lim. Ed. neckplate
1.5
Artist Models
1.5.1 Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster
Eric Clapton was the first guitarist honoured with a signature model. Brought about
as a bonus by the Custom Shop, the signature guitars have become an important
part of Fender's product line over the years. The Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster is similar to a '57 reissue, but it has some special features such as a vibrato
blocked by a matchbox-sized piece of wood.
Special Features:
Production years 1988 Model no.
010-7602 (Artist series), USA
Body
Deeply contoured alder
Neck
One-piece MN, V-shaped
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
9.5” Radius (241 mm)
22 Vintage-style frets
Width at nut: 1.650” (42 mm)
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + pat. nos. + signature
Finish
43, 58, 71
Pick-Ups
3 white plain-top Gold Lace Sensor pickups
Controls
1 Volume, 1TBX, 1 Mid Boost, white knobs, active circuitry
Bridge
Vintage 6-pivot bridge/vibrato unit, blocked
Differing features in earliest models:
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21 frets
·
Neck adjusting rod at body end
·
Mini-switch (active/passive)
·
Security lock strap buttons
103
Modifications over the years:
1996
Finishes: 05, 06, 43, 58, 71
7/2001
3 Vintage Noiseless Pickups
Minor Variant:
Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster
The Custom Shop's version of the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster, introduced
in January 2004.
Model no.
015-0082 (Custom Artist series)
Special features:
Finishes: 06, 50 (Mercedes Blue), 73
1.5.2 Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster
Fender's second signature model, based on the 1962 standard Stratocaster, was
introduced in January 1988.
Special Features:
Model no.
010-7700/2 (Artist series), USA
Body
Alder
Neck
U-shaped
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
One-piece MN or RW fingerboard, scalloped, 21 frets
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Width at nut: 1.650” (42 mm), brass nut
Head
1 roller string retainer
Decal
Gold spaghetti logo + model name + 3 pat. nos. + signature
The Fender Reference
104
Stratocaster
Pickguard
3-ply Mint Green
Finish
09, 40, 72
Pick-Ups
2 DiMarzio HS-3 pickups (bridge, neck)
1 Am. Standard single coil PU
Controls
1 Volume, 1 TBX (neck), 1 Master TBX (mid, bridge), white
knobs, active electronics
Tuners
Vintage "F" tuners
Specials
Aged parts
In 1998 the guitar received a complete re-design and was now based on the 1969
Stratocaster, i.e. large CBS headstock and TV logo.
Changed Features:
Model no.
010-7100/2
Neck
Adjusting rod at headstock
Head
Large 70-style with 1 square string retainer
Decal
TV logo + "with synchronized tremolo"+ model name + "original contour body" + signature
Pick-Ups
1 DiMarzio HS-3 pickups (bridge)
2 DiMarzio YJM single coil PUs
Bridge
Vintage-style 6-pivot bridge/vibrato unit
Tuners
Schaller "F" tuners
Another re-design was made in 2007, but this time only a few features were
changed.
Changed Features:
Model no.
010-7110/2
Neck
Modern C-shape
Fingerboard
Scalloping increased
Headstock
Bullet truss-rod adjuster
Pickguard
3-ply white
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105
1.5.3 Yngwie Malmsteen Standard Stratocaster
A Japanese made standard version of the Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Production
years
1991 - 1994, Japan
Model no.
027-2702
Body
Basswood
Neck
One-piece MN only, 3-bolt fastening
Bullet truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Head
2 string retainers
Pickguard
Laminated white
Controls
No active electronics
1.5.4 Jeff Beck Signature Stratocaster
This signature model is based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Production
years
1991 - present
Model no.
010-9600 (Artist series), USA
Body
Deeply contoured alder
Neck
U-shaped, pearl dots, brass nut
Fingerboard
Rosewood only
Head
No string guide, roller nut
Decal
Gold spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Finish
41, 57, 76
Pick-Ups
2 Gold Fender-Lace Sensors (neck, mid)
1 Dual Gold Fender-Lace Sensors (bridge)
Controls
Additional coil tap switch
Tuners
Fender locking keys
The Fender Reference
106
Stratocaster
Bridge
Deluxe Plus 2-Point Synchronized vibrato
Modifications over the years:
7/2001
New model no.: 011-9600
C-shaped neck
Finishes: 05, 57
3 Dual Coil Ceramic Noiseless pick-ups
1 5-way switch, no coil tap switch
Minor Variant:
Jeff Beck Signature Stratocaster
The Custom Shop's version of the Jeff Beck Signature Stratocaster, introduced in
January 2004.
Model no.
015-0083 (Custom Artist series)
1.5.5 Robert Cray Signature Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/1992, based on the 1959 Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-9100, (Custom Artist series) USA
Neck
'61 shape
Width at nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Fingerboard
Rosewood, 12" radius (305 mm)
Head
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Finish
00,24, 26
Bridge
Vintage-style non-vibrato bridge
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
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107
1.5.6 Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster
Introduced in January 1992, this signature model is based on the '63 standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-9200 (Artist series), USA
Body
Deeply contoured alder
Neck
Oval shape
Fingerboard
Pau Ferro fingerboard, 21 frets, clay dots
12" radius (= 30.5cm)
Width at nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
3-ply black with 8 screws, engraved initials
Finish
00
Pick-Ups
3 Texas Special single coil pickups, white
Bridge
Left-handed 6-pivot bridge/vibrato unit, vintage-style
Tuners
Gold-plated vintage-style
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
1.5.7 Richie Sambora Signature Stratocaster
Produced 1993 - 2002, based on the American Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-2702 (Artist series), USA
Neck
One-piece MN, star inlays
Width at nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Head
1 single-bar string guide, locking nut
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Finish
30, 80
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Special single coil pickups (neck, mid)
1 DiMarzio Pro PAF (bridge), white
The Fender Reference
108
Stratocaster
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone (neck), 1 TBX (mid, bridge), white knobs
Switching
1 5-position sliding switch
1 mid range boost switch
Bridge
Floyd Rose Original double-locking tremolo
Tuners
Fender deluxe die-cast pearl button tuners
Modifications over the years:
7/1999
New model no.: 010-2602
Slimmed-down body
3 Hot noiseless pick-ups
Finishes: 00, 40, 41
2nd pickguard screw in pre-1963 position
Vintage tuners
Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
1.5.8 Richie Sambora Standard Signature Strat
1994 - 2002, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
113-2700 (Artist series), Mexico
Body
Poplar
Fingerboard
Rosewood fingerboard only, 9.5" radius (241 mm), 21 American Standard frets, dot markers
Head
1 single-bar string guide
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Finish
02, 06, 25, 80
Pick-Ups
2 Special Strat single coil pickups (neck, mid)
1 DiMarzio Pro PAF humbucker (bridge), white
Bridge
6 nickel plated steel saddles, string-through-body
Floyd Rose II double-locking tremolo
Modifications over the years:
2002
New model no.: 113-2600
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1.5.9 Dick Dale Signature Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/1994, based on the early '60s standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-6100, (Custom Artist series) USA
Neck
C-shape,
Neck width 1.6" (= 41 mm)
Fingerboard
Slab rosewood, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
Head
Reverse, 2 string retainers
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
3-ply Mint green
Finish
14
Pick-Ups
3 Custom '50s single coil pickups; reverse-angled in bridge
position
Switching
1 3-position sliding switch
1 2-way toggle switch
Controls
1 Volume
Bridge
Vintage style
Tuners
Fender vintage tuners
1.5.10
Bonnie Raitt Signature Stratocaster
The only Signature model named after a woman, the Bonnie Raitt Signature Stratocaster, was produced from 1995 – 2001.
Special features:
Model no.
010-9300 (Artist series), USA
Body
Light Ash
Neck
Narrow "C"-shape,
Neck width 1.57"
Fingerboard
Rosewood fingerboard, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
Head
Large CBS-style, 1 string retainer
The Fender Reference
110
Stratocaster
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
3-ply white shell
Finish
00, 88
Pick-Ups
3 Texas Special single coil pickups, white
Bridge
Vintage style
Tuners
Fender vintage tuners
Modifications over the years:
1999
New model no.: 010-9200
Alder body
After 2001
Discontinued
1.5.11
Buddy Guy Signature Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/1995.
Special features:
Model no.
010-7802 (Artist series), USA
Body
Lightweight Ash
Neck
One-piece MN, V-shaped
Head
1 string guide
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + pat. nos. + signature
Pickguard
4-ply white shell (03), 4-ply brown shell (67)
Finish
03, 67
Pick-Ups
3 Gold Fender-Lace Sensors, white
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, 1 active mid-boost, white knobs
5-way mini toggle
Bridge
Vintage-style
Tuners
Vintage tuners
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1.5.12
Richie Sambora Lim. Ed. Black Paisley
Stratocaster
1996 only, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features
Model no.
125-2702, Japan
Body
Alder
Neck
One-piece MN, star inlays
Fingerboard
12" fingerboard radius (= 30.5cm)
Floyd Rose locking nut
Neck width at nut = 1.650" (42 mm)
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
Black Paisley-white-black
Finish
Black Paisley
Pick-ups
2 RS Special single coil pickups (neck, mid), black
1 DiMarzio Pro PAF (bridge), black
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone (neck), 1 TBX (mid, bridge), black knobs
Bridge
Floyd Rose vibrato system
Tuners
Gotoh with pearl buttons
1.5.13
The Ventures Lim. Ed. Stratocaster
1996 only. Special Features:
Model no.
025-8100, Japan
Body
Light ash
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Bound rosewood fingerboard, pearloid block inlays
7.25" radius
Head
Black-face, 1 square string retainer
Decal
Gold Spaghetti logo + model name + Gold foil "The Ventures" logo
The Fender Reference
112
Stratocaster
Pickguard
3-ply pearl
Finish
Midnight Black Transparent
Pick-ups
3 Gold Fender-Lace sensors, active electronics
Controls
1 Volume, 1 TBX, 1 Mid Boost, Black Gold-top knobs
1 5-position sliding switch
Bridge
Vintage-style
Tuners
Vintage-style
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
1.5.14
Jimi Hendrix Tribute Stratocaster
Produced from 1997 - 2000, this guitar is the exact mirror image of a standard
1969 Stratocaster, similar to those which Jimi Hendrix usually played. Even the
logo is reversed!
Special features:
Model no.
010-6822 (Artist series), USA
Neck
One-piece MN only
Finish
05
Special
2nd pickguard screw is in pre-1963 position
1.5.15
Hank Marvin Stratocaster
1996 - 1997, similar to the Japanese '50s Stratocaster. In 1997, a limited edition of
300 units of this model was produced in Mexico.
Special features:
Finish
1.5.16
40
Jimmie Vaughan Signature Tex-Mex Strat
Introduced in 7/1997, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
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Model no.
013-9202, (Artist Signature series) Mexico
Body
Poplar
Neck
One-piece MN, V-shaped, 21 frets
9.5" fretboard radius
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name
Signature on back of headstock
Pickguard
Single-layer white, 11 screws
Finish
03, 05, 06, 09
Pick-Ups
3 Fender Tex-Mex single-coil PUs, white
Modifications over the years
2002
2 Tex-Mex single coil PUs, 1xTex-Mex Hot single coil PU
2003
Alder body
1.5.17
Ritchie Blackmore Lim. Ed. Stratocaster
1997 only. Special Features:
Model no.
025-8400, (Limited Edition series) Japan
Body
Basswood
Neck
Partially scalloped rosewood fingerboard
3-bolt fastening, trussrod adjuster at headstock
Head
Large, no string retainers
TV logo, signature
Finish
05
Pick-ups
2 Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder single coils (bridge,
neck)
no middle pick-up (cover only)
Controls
1 Volume, 2 Tone, black knobs
3-way selector
Tuners
Deluxe locking tuners
The Fender Reference
113
114
Stratocaster
1.5.18
Jerry Donahue Lim. Ed. Stratocaster
1997 only, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
025-8900, (Limited Edition series) Japan
Body
Basswood
Fingerboard
Rosewood fingerboard, 21 frets
"Hellecaster" inlay at 12th fret
Head
LSR nut
Pickguard
Midnight Blue Sparkle
Finish
Transparent Blue Sapphire
Pick-ups
3 Seymour Duncan single coil PUs
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, 1 2-position rotary switch
1.5.19
John Jorgensen Lim. Ed. Hellecaster
1997 only, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features
Model no.
025-8800, (Limited Edition series) Japan
Body
Maple
Fingerboard
Rosewood fingerboard, gold sparkle dots
"Hellecaster" inlay at 12th fret
Head
Large reversed
Decal
Gold Transition logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
Gold sparkle
Finish
Black Sparkle
Pick-ups
3 split Seymour Duncan single coil PUs
Dome-speed metal knobs
Tuners
Schaller locking tuners
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
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1.5.20
Matthias Jabs Signature Stratocaster
1998 only, based on the Standard Stratocaster. Special Features
Model no.
025-7400, (Limited Edition Artist series) Japan
Body
Alder
Fingerboard
Rosewood fingerboard, Saturn inlays
22 frets
Head
Custom shape small, no string retainer
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + "original contour body"
Pickguard
Single-ply white
Finish
09
Pick-ups
2 Custom Shop 50's single coil PUs,
1 Seymour Duncan JB humbucker
Controls
2 Volume, 1 Master Tone TBX, white knobs
Switching
1 5-position sliding switch
Bridge
Vintage tremolo
Tuners
Gotoh vintage locking tuners
1.5.21
Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Stratocaster
1998 - 2000, based on the standard '68 Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
010-6600/2, (American Special series) USA
Neck
Voodoo Strat engraved neckplate
Fingerboard
9.5" radius, 21 medium-jumbo frets
Head
Large CBS-style, reverse
Headstock
Gold Transition logo + "original contour body" (no model
name)
Finish
00, 05, 06
Pick-Ups
3 vintage Strat PUs with reverse staggered magnets (bridge
reverse-angled)
5-way switch
The Fender Reference
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116
Stratocaster
Modifications over the years:
2000
Rosewood fingerboard option deleted
2002 only
Re-introduced as '68 Reverse Stratocaster Special 0106602
1.5.22
Ritchie Blackmore Signature Stratocaster
1999 - 2005, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-2400 (with Roland GK-2 pick-up system 010-2460),
(Custom Artist series) USA
Body
Ash
Neck
Set maple neck
Bullet truss-rod adjuster at the headstock
Fingerboard
Scalloped rosewood fingerboard
Head
Large CBS-style, no string retainers
Decal
Black TV logo + model name + signature
Finish
05
Pick-Ups
2 Gold Fender-Lace sensors (bridge, neck)
1 Roland GK-2 pick-up (optional)
Tuners
Deluxe sealed die-cast locking tuners
1.5.23
Chris Rea Stratocaster
Built in Japan in 1999 only, similar to the mid 1962 Stratocaster.
Special features:
Body
Poplar
Neck
D-shaped
Finish
40
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Tom Delonge Stratocaster
2002 - 2003, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
113-8200, (Artist series) Mexico
Fingerboard
Rosewood fingerboard only
21 Medium Jumbo frets
Head
Large CBS-style
1 string guide
Decals
Gold Transition logo + model name + 'Deluxe series'
Pickguard
4-ply pearloid, 11 screws
Finish
04, 06, 57, 63
Pick-Ups
1 SD Invader humbucker
Controls
1 Volume
Tuners
Vintage
Bridge
String-through-body hardtail bridge
Stainless steel saddles
1.5.25
Buddy Guy Polka Dot Stratocaster
Introduced in July 2002, based on the Standard Stratocaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-8802, (Artist series) Mexico
Body
Alder
Neck
Soft "V" Shape
One-piece maple, 21 Medium jumbo frets
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Finish
(306) Black with White Polka Dots
Pickguard
3-ply Black
Bridge, Tuners
Vintage style
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118
Stratocaster
1.5.26
Mark Knopfler Stratocaster
Introduced in 7/2003.
Special features:
Model no.
011-7800 (Artist series), USA
Body
‘57 lightweight ash
Neck
Vintage tinted ‘62-style, C-shape
Width at nut 1.625” (41.2mm)
Fingerboard
RW (7.25" radius/184 mm),
21 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver Frets
Head
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
3-ply, 11-Hole, Mint Green
Finish
15
Pick-Ups
3 Texas Special single-coil single-coils
Controls
5-Position blade
1.5.27
Robert Cray Signature Standard Strat
Introduced in 1/2003, based on the Robert Cray Signature Stratocaster.
Differing features:
Model no.
013-9100 (Artist series), Mexico
Neck
9.5” Fingerboard radius (241 mm), 21 Medium jumbo frets
Specials
Chrome hardware
1.5.28
Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2004, this model is a true replica of Rory's 1961 Stratocaster. The
guitar is relic'd to such an extent that there is hardly anything left of the original 3tone Sunburst finish.
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Artist Models
Model no.
015-0080, (Custom Artist series) USA
Body
Select Alder
Neck
Early '60s C-shape,
119
Width at nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Fingerboard
Rosewood fingerboard
9.5" radius (241mm)
21 Medium jumbo frets
Head
2 string retainers
Pickguard
3-ply Mint Green
Finish
00
Pick-Ups
3 Custom ‘60s single-coil single-coils
Tuners
5 Sperzel die-cast tuners with 1 mis-matched Gotoh tuner
Specials
Clay dots with 1 mis-matched white plastic dot at the 12th
Fret,
Slot-head mounting screws in selector switch
1.5.29
Robin Trower Signature Stratocaster
Introduced in 7/2004, this model is part of the subseries of guitars which are built
to exactly the same specifications as the artists' personal instruments. In Robin
Trower's case the basis was a 1971 Stratocaster.
Special features:
Model no.
015-5102, (Custom Artist series) USA
Body
Alder
Neck
1-piece Maple Neck with Abalone dots
Bullet truss-rod adjuster at headstock
4-bolt neck plate
Head
Large CBS-style, 1 string retainer
Decal
Black TV logo + ® + 1 pat. no. + model name + 'Original
contour body patented' (no 'Synchronized Tremolo')
Pickguard
3-ply Parchment
The Fender Reference
120
Stratocaster
Finish
06, 80, 88
Pick-Ups
2 Custom ‘50s single-coils (Neck and Middle),
1 Tex-Mex Strat Pickup (Bridge)
Tuners
Sperzel Trim-Lok, staggered
Bridge
Vintage
1.5.30
Eric Johnson Stratocaster
Introduced in 1/2005, based on the '50s Stratocaster. Special features:
Model no.
011-7702, (Artist series) USA
Body
2-piece ‘57-style lightweight alder
Deep contours
Neck
Soft V-shape
12" radius (305 mm)
21 medium Jumbo frets
Head
No string retainer
Pickguard
1-ply parchment, 8 screws
Finish
01, 03, 06, 09
Pick-Ups
3 white plain-top Gold Lace Sensor pickups
Controls
5-position blade
Tuners
Staggered vintage-style tuners
Specials
Special neckplate with engraved EJ and Kokopelli,
5 tremolo springs and no back tremolo cover plate
1.6
John Mayer Stratocaster
Introduced in 7/2005, based on the '62 standard Stratocaster. Limited run of 100
units.
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John Mayer Stratocaster
Model no.
011-9700 (Artist series), USA
Neck
Thick C-shape
Rosewood, 9.5” radius (241 mm)
21 Jumbo frets (narrow)
Pickguard
4-ply tortoise shell
Finish
00, 64, 69
Pick-Ups
3 Big Dipper single-coils
Controls
5-Position blade
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122
Stratocaster
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123
2 Telecaster
The Telecaster was the first commercially marketed solidbody guitar, and in its
simplicity and straightforwardness it has remained popular until the present day. In
contrast to Leo Fender's opinion that it would be rendered obsolete by the Stratocaster soon after the latter model's introduction, it has proven to have a timeless
design.
Originally the model was named the Broadcaster, but the Gretsch company intervened since they already had a drum-kit called the Broadkaster. So Fender changed
the name to Telecaster and, since the decals with the new name had to be made
first, they just clipped the Broadcaster bit off the decal before applying them so
that, for an intermediate period the headstock of the guitars read 'Fender' only,
which prompted collectors years later to call these guitars 'Nocasters'.
The Telecaster is a rather simple guitar, equipped with two pick-ups, a selector
switch and a master volume and master tone control. Some say it's the ultimate
single-coil instrument with its dry, biting sound that became famous around the
world. The standard model has been built for over fifty years now with only minor
changes to its layout, and it is still highly in demand – certainly a proof of its quality.
Specifications
Length
38 ½"
Width
97.8cm
Scale
25 1/2"
2.1
64.8cm
12"
Depth
30.5cm
1 3/4"
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
18.42cm
The original model
General Features:
Introduced
October 1950 as Broadcaster
Body
Ash slab body, usually made from 2 pieces of wood
Neck
One-piece MN, round
Black dots (Bakelite)
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124
Telecaster
Head
Small, 1 round string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo, small model designation
Pickguard
Black Bakelite w. 5 screws
Finish
Blonde
Pick-ups
1 single coil PU w. flat pole-pieces (bridge)
1 smaller single coil PU in chrome housing (neck)
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, dome speed metal knobs
Switching
1 3-way sliding switch, barrel-shaped
Bridge
3 brass saddles, string-through-body, metal cover
Tuners
"Kluson Deluxe" safety slot machines
"Pat. Appld for" stamped on outer shell
Serial no.
On bridge plate
Modifications over the years
04/'51
Renamed Telecaster (old decals with clipped off model designation used up until August)
Shorter control knobs
Early '51
Neck more rounded
General use of Phillips head screw instead of slot head
(gradual change until '53)
Mid '51
Kluson tuners without brand stamp
End '52
Dots at XII. fret farther apart
Early '54
Serial no. on neck plate
White pickguard w. 5 screws
Late '54
White blonde replaces butterscotch finish
Smooth steel bridges
1955
Thicker (creamier) finish
Sunburst finish available
V-neck
Summer '55
Balanced pole-pieces in bridge-PU
Late '55
White parts change to ABS plastic
1956
3 way-switch changes to top-hat shape
Flat-top metal control knobs
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The original model
Mid '56
1 butterfly clip string retainer, square, closer to nut than before Logo now at upper bout of headstock
1957
"Kluson Deluxe" wording on tuning machines
1958
Neck with flatter cross section
Blended 3-tone sunburst introduced
Mid '58
Threaded bridge saddles
Late '58
Top loading bridge (until late '59 only)
1959
1 string retainer with spacer
09/'59
Slab rosewood fingerboard, clay dots (some early models
with skunk stripe)
125
White pickguard w. 8 screws
Very flat neck (C-neck)
1960
Optional neck widths (until 1970): 1 1/2" Narrow (rare), 1 5/8"
Standard, 1 3/4" Wide)
3-tone sunburst with clearly defined separation between
colours
Late '61
"PAT 2,573,254
07/'62
Curved fingerboard
D-neck
Mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
1963
Optional red mahogany body (until 1965)
Maple fingerboard unofficially optional
Late '63
3-ply white pickguard (Celluloid)
Optional Telecaster with mahogany body with translucent red
finish ('63 and '64 only)
Late '64
"Kluson Deluxe" lettering in two lines on tuners
02/'65
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard changes to plastic
Mid '65
"F" on neck plate
Late '65
Gold Transition logo plus "PAT 2,573,254
01/'67
Optional maple fingerboard officially introduced
07/'67
Optional Bigsby vibrato with 6 threaded bridge saddles, (until
'74)
Fall 1967
"F"-style safety-slot tuning machines, chrome-plated
String ferrules stick out of back of body, no longer flush
2,784,631 DES 164,227" on head stock
The Fender Reference
2,784,631"
126
Telecaster
Black logo with circled "R"
03/'68
Optional gold plated hardware
1968
Single-grooved saddles
Optional Pink Paisley and Blue Floral finishes (- 1969)
Spring 1969
Opt. one-piece MN
From now on skunk stripe on RW also
1969
Rounder and flatter neck (increasing inconsistency in neck
shapes)
04/'70
On headplate: "PAT 2,741,146"
Early '70s
Upper body shoulder with flatter curve joins neck at 16th fret
instead of 17th
Late '71
Saddles made from chrome-plated die-cast
2 string retainers on headstock
Mid '72
On headplate: "PAT 3,143,028"
Around 1974
Bigsby option deleted
1975
3-ply black pickguard introduced, 3-ply white as an accessory
Late '76
Serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
PAT-no. dropped
1977 - 1979
Optional Antigua finish with matching pickguard
after '77
Gold outline of logo slightly increased
Threshold of the
'80s
More alder bodies again
1980
Schaller Deluxe tuning machines without safety slot
International Colours introduced (until late 1981), combined
with white 3-ply pickguard and black knobs, switch tip, pickups and pickguard screws
1981
3-ply white pickguard (3-ply black as an accessory)
end of '81
Jewel Colours introduced (until mid 1983)
1982
Return to old body shape (shoulder)
06/'83
Regular model now called Standard Telecaster
Alder body
4-bolt micro tilt neck, Bi-flex truss rod, adjusting screw at
headstock
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One-piece MN, fingerboard radius 12" (305mm)
Jumbo frets (2.8x0.9)
Silver logo, small model designation
'Fender' logo on neckplate
White one-layer pickguard w. 5 or 8 screws
Top-loading bridge, six saddles
Finishes: Black, Ivory, Sienna sunburst, Brown sunburst
Chrome-plated die-cast tuning keys with "F" stamped on
back, no slots
Security strap button
01/'84
2.2
RW (slab) fingerboard reintroduced as an option; white dots
Limited edition Marble finish:
Production numbers according to finisher Darren Johansen:
Red finish with black and white swirled in, sometimes resulting in grey areas as well (21 units);
Blue finish mixed with yellow and black (21 units);
Yellow finish with white and silver, sometimes resulting in
gold patches (8 units);
The Standard models
2.2.1 American Standard Telecaster
This is the official name of the standard Tele from 1988 onwards. The specifications are the same as those of the original Telecaster with merely some of the general features having changed.
Changed features:
Introduced
1988
Series
American Standard
Model no.
010-8400/2, LH 010-8422
Body
Alder
Fingerboard
MN or RW, 9.5" radius (= 241.3mm)
LH: one-piece MN only
Head
Re-designed small, 1 roller string retainer
Decal
Silver logo, small model name, "made in USA", serial no.
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Pickguard
3-ply white, 8 screws
Finish
Polyurethane
32, 06, 41, 68
Pick-ups
2 American Tele single-coil Pickups
Controls
1 Master Volume, 1 Master Tone
3-position blade
Bridge
6 steel saddles, string-through-body
Tuners
Chrome-plated die-cast tuners
Modifications over the years
Early '90s
Finishes: 06, 09, 28, 32, 41, 72
LH: 06, 09, 32, 41
1994 - 1995
Optional anodized aluminium hollow body
by 1997
Finishes: 06, 09, 24, 32, 41, 72
LH: 06, 09, 24, 32, 41
6/2000
Renamed American Series Telecaster 011-8400/2, LH 0118422, MN only
Relevant changes:
Ash or alder body
Medium jumbo frets
3-ply Parchment pickguard (1-ply black on 41)
Finishes: 00, 01, 06, 21, 74, 15
Finishes for LH: 00, 01, 06, 15
Deluxe locking staggered tuners, sealed
2003
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 25 on Alder
03, 21 on Ash bodies, maple fretboard only
Finishes for LH: 00, 06, Alder body only
2.2.2 Standard Telecaster
This Japanese-built guitar is identical to the American Standard Telecaster as introduced in 1988 in the new Corona factory. It was previously marketed under the
Squier brand name (1985 - 1988). In the UK it was known as the Special Telecaster. In 1991 production was moved to Mexico.
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Special features:
Neck
One-piece maple
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
Head
2 string guides
Pickguard
Single-ply white, 5 screws
Finish
Black, Blonde
Bridge
6-saddle top-loading
Changes in Mexican version:
Model no.
013-5202 (Standard series), Mexico
Body
Poplar
Fingerboard
21 frets
Width at nut 1.65" (42mm)
Decal
Silver Transition-style Logo
Finish
02, 06, 25, 32, 80
Bridge
Six-saddle top-loading bridge
Modifications over the years
1997
New model no.: 013-5102
Finishes: 06, 32, 73, 75, 80
String-thru-body bridge
2002
Additional finish: 29 (Blue Agave)
LH introduced 013-5122
2003
Alder body
Finishes: 06, 19, 29, 32, 75, 80
Finishes for LH: 06, 29, 32, 75
2005
Full colour options for LH
1/2006
Finishes: 06, 25, 32, 75, 80, 87
2 New Hot Standard Tele single-coil Pickups
7/2006
Finishes: 80 dropped for LH
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130
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2.2.3 Squier Series Standard Telecaster
Produced from 1992 - 1994 in Korea and from 1994 - 1997 in Mexico, based on
the Mexican Standard Telecaster. Name changed to Traditional Telecaster in
1996.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-3202 (Standard series), Mexico
Head
Thick black logo, small "Squier Series" logo
Finish
06, 58, 80
Bridge
Six-saddle top-loading bridge
Specials
Generally cheaper components
2.2.4 American Telecaster HH
January 2003 – 2006, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
011-8700/2 (American series), USA
Body
Alder (Sharp ‘52 Style Body Radius)
Pick-Ups
2 Atomic II Humbucking Pickups
Pickguard
none
Finish
06, 25, 43, 95
Changes over the years:
2005
New model no.: 011-8760
RW only
2 Enforcer Humbucking Pickups
Controls: 1 Volume with S-1 switch, 1 Tone
1-ply bevelled black vinyl pickguard
After 2006
Discontinued
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2.2.5 American Telecaster HSS
January 2003 - 2006, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
011-8600/2 (American series), USA
Body
Alder (sharp ‘52-style body radius)
Pick-Ups
1 Atomic II Humbucking Pickup (Neck),
1 American Tele single-coil Pickup (Bridge)
Pickguard
none
Finish
06, 25, 43, 95
Changes over the years:
2005
New model no.: 011-8662
Maple fingerboard only
1 Enforcer Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
1 American Tele single-coil Pickup (Bridge)
Controls: 1 Volume with S-1 switch, 1 Tone
1-ply bevelled black vinyl pickguard
After 2006
Discontinued
2.2.6 American Ash Telecaster
Introduced in 7/2003, based on the American Series Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
011-8502, (American Series) USA
Body
Ash
Neck
One-piece maple, U-shape
Pick-Ups
2 modern Vintage pick-ups
Finishes and
pickguards
03 with 1-ply parchment
67 with 1-ply black
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Upgrades and other Variants
2.3.1 Custom Telecaster
The Custom Telecaster was a kind of Deluxe version of the standard Telecaster,
and the first time Fender ever used body binding. Initially, the guitar was exclusively finished in sunburst, though later other finishes were also available. The
model was produced from 1959 to spring 1972.
Special features:
Body
Alder with white binding
Neck
Very flat C-neck
Fingerboard
RW slab board, clay dots
Pickguard
3-ply white with 5 screws, later changed to 8 screws
Finish
Sunburst
Specials
After the first units the logo changed to a Gold spaghetti logo
with the 'Custom Telecaster' wording slightly bolder than on
regular models
Modifications over the years
1960
Optional neck widths (until 1970): 1 1/2" Narrow (rare), 1 5/8"
Standard, 1 3/4" Wide)
Late '61
"PAT 2,573,254
07/'62
Curved fingerboard
D-neck
Mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
1963
Maple fingerboard unofficially optional
Late '64
"Kluson Deluxe" lettering in two lines on tuners
2,784,631 DES 164,227" on head stock
Gold Transition logo + "PAT 2,573,254 2,784,631 DES
164,227"
02/'65
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard changes to plastic
Mid '65
"F" on neck plate
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01/'67
Optional maple fingerboard officially introduced
07/'67
Optional Bigsby vibrato with 6 threaded bridge saddles
Fall 1967
"F"-style safety-slot tuning machines, chrome-plated
String ferrules stick out of back of body, no longer flush
Black logo with circled "R"
03/'68
Optional gold plated hardware
1968
Single-grooved saddles
Spring 1969
Opt. one-piece MN
From now on skunk stripe on RW also
1969
Rounder and flatter neck (increasing inconsistency in neck
shapes)
04/'70
On headplate: "PAT 2,741,146"
Early '70s
Upper body shoulder with flatter curve joins neck at 16th fret
instead of 17th
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2.3.2 Rosewood Telecaster
Initially the Rosewood Telecaster was a one-off, produced as a gift to George Harrison, which he used extensively on the Beatles Let It Be album. In early 1969,
Fender put the Rosewood Telecaster in production. It was then the most expensive
Telecaster ever listed in the company's sales material. The guitar was identical to
the regular Telecaster in all respects apart from the all-rosewood construction. The
first units were produced with heavy solid rosewood bodies, but Fender soon
switched to bodies made from two hollowed-out halves sandwiching a thin maple
strip.
Due to its cost and weight, the Rosewood Telecaster was never produced in large
quantities. In fact, production was temporarily suspended after mid-1970, and in
mid 1972 it was discontinued.
Special features:
Production
years
1969 - mid 1972
Body
Rosewood (later sandwiched with a thin maple strip)
Neck
One-piece rosewood with a maple strip on the back
Pickguard
3-ply black, 8 screws
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2.3.3 Telecaster Thinline
The Telecaster Thinline was designed by Roger Rossmeisl and Virgilio 'Babe'
Simoni. The hollow body was created by taking a slice off the back, routing three
cavities into the body wood and then putting it together again. The pickguard was
reshaped to allow for an f-hole in the upper portion of the body's front, and elongated at its lower end to accommodate the control knobs and pick-up switch.
In 1971, as a reaction to the trend of many players replacing the neck-pickups of
their Telecasters with humbuckers in order to add a warmer sound, Fender changed
the design of the Thinline and fitted it with two humbuckers. The neck was also
reworked in the process and now featured the newly-developed tilt neck with 3point fastening and a bullet truss-rod adjuster at the headstock.
Special features:
Introduced
Late 1968
Body
Ash or mahogany, single f-hole
Neck
Maple neck with maple fingerboard, round dots
Head
Black logo + 'Telecaster' + 2 pat. nos.
Pickguard
3-ply white or pearloid w. 12 screws (earliest with 9)
Finish
Natural, Mahogany
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, metal knobs on pickguard
1 3-way switch, top-hat-shaped on pickguard
Bridge
Optional Bigsby vibrato with 6 steel bridge saddles
Modifications over the years:
1969
Opt. 3-tone sunburst
Opt. RW
Spring '69
Opt. one-piece MN
From now on skunk stripe on RW also
1971
MN only
Tilt neck, 3-screw fastening, bullet truss-rod at headstock
Black TV logo + 'Telecaster Thinline' + pat. nos.
2 humbucking PUs
3-ply white or pearloid pickguard w. 12 screws
Stratocaster-style bridge with 6 saddles, optional Bigsby
vibrato
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1973
2 string retainers on headplate
1975 / 1976
3-ply black pickguard w. 11 screws
1976
Serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
Pat.-nos. dropped
Strat-style knobs
1979
Discontinued
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2.3.4 Telecaster Custom
By the end of the '60s, many Telecaster players replaced the neck pick-ups of their
guitars with a humbucker in order to add a fatter, more Gibson-like sound. The
Telecaster Custom was the second model that was produced in reaction to this
trend. Though to retain at least part of the typical Telecaster 'bite', only the neck
position was fitted with a humbucker, in the same way as many famous artists had
converted their standard Teles.
The pickguard of the new guitar was over-sized, covering more than half of the
front of the body. On the upper bout of the body, in typical Les-Paul position, was
a 3-way toggle switch for pick-up selection, and below the bridge were two volume
and two tone controls, one for each pick-up. Like the revised Telecaster Thinline,
the Custom also had the new bullet truss-rod adjustment and tilt-neck.
Special features:
Introduced
Mid 1972
Body
Ash slab body
Neck
3 screw-fastening
Bullet truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Head
2 square string retainers (earliest have only 1)
Decal
Black logo + 'Telecaster Custom' + 2 pat. nos.
Pickguard
3-ply black w. 16 screws (few with 15)
Finish
Standard: Sunburst
Custom: Walnut, Natural, Blond, Black
Wiring
1 single coil w. staggered pole-pieces (bridge)
1 Humbucker in chrome housing (neck)
Controls
2 V, 2 T; black silver-top knobs on pickguard
1 3-way toggle switch, white
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Bridge
6-saddle bridge
(earliest models have 3 saddles Telecaster-style)
Modifications over the years:
1974
Flush pole-pieces in bridge-PU
1976
Serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
PAT-no. dropped
after '77
Stratocaster-style black knobs (introduced in 1976 catalogue)
early '81
Discontinued
2.3.5 Telecaster Deluxe
With the Deluxe, the third humbucker'd Tele, Fender went all the way again, fitting
the guitar with two humbuckers, thus raising the question in many guitar players'
minds whether this was still a Fender guitar or rather a Gibson copy. The Fender
humbucker had in fact been designed by Seth Lover, who had also invented the
Gibson humbuckers. The CBS people wanted him to simply copy the Gibson pickup, but Lover was hesitant to make the pick-up sound exactly like the Gibson. He
knew that Fender was known for its brilliant sound, so he kept a bit more brilliance
in the Fender humbucker than there was in the Gibson.
In an attempt not to make it too similar to the Custom, the Tele Deluxe was given a
Strat-style neck and even a comfort contour - at least at the back of the body.
The circuitry is the same as in the Custom, and the bullet truss-rod adjustment and
tilt-neck are also there. One more bonus of the Deluxe compared to the Custom
was the optional vibrato unit. Since the Deluxe had a Strat bridge anyway, this was
a natural step.
Features differing from Telecaster Custom:
Introduced
January 1973
Body
Ash body with back contour
Neck
MN, dot markers
Head
Large Stratocaster-style
2 square string retainers
Finish
Standard: Walnut
Custom: Sunburst, Natural, Blond, Black
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Wiring
2 Humbuckers in chrome housing
Bridge
Stratocaster-style bridge with 6 saddles, with or without
tremolo
Tuners
One-piece die-cast Schaller Deluxe tuners
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Modifications over the years:
ca. 1974
Optional tremolo discontinued
1976
Serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
after '77
Stratocaster-style black knobs (introduced in 1976 catalogue)
early '81
Discontinued
2.3.6 Black & Gold Telecaster
At the threshold of the Eighties, Fender began to react to the increasing demand for
guitar upgrades. Heavy brass hardware was all the rage, and the Black & Gold
Telecaster was one attempt to satisfy this demand.
Special features:
Production
years
1981 - 1983
Pickguard
3-ply black, 8 screws
Finish
Black, with matching headstock
Bridge
6-saddle gold-plated brass
String-through-body design
Specials
Gold-plated brass hardware
Approx. 500 units built
Serial no.
"CE" + 5 digits on headstock
2.3.7 Elite Telecaster
When it was introduced in May 1983, this high end version of the old faithful was
intended to stake out new ground. With 2 mini humbuckers and a battery-powered
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pre-amp to boost the signal and widen the tonal range, this guitar addressed popular demands at the time.
The design of the Elite Telecaster was a radical departure from the traditional
model. The new pick-ups in their white housings, together with four control knobs,
body binding, re-styled bridge and no pickguard (a stick-on pickguard was available as an option) made it difficult to identify this guitar as a Telecaster at first
glance.
It is hard to tell whether the Elite would have caught on with musicians in the long
term, because due to the corporate problems leading to CBS eventually selling
Fender in the beginning of 1985, the Elite series was only produced for some 20
months.
Special features:
Production
years
May 1983 - end of 1984
Body
White binding around top edge
Neck
Bi-flex truss rod, adjusting rod at headstock
Nut width 1.7" (43.2mm)
Fretboard radius 12" (305mm)
Head
2 Ezy Glider string retainers
Decal
Silver logo + model designation + "Made in USA"
Pickguard
3-ply white adhesive, no screws
Standard
finishes
Black, Natural, Arctic White, Pewter, Sienna Sunburst, Brown
Sunburst
Custom colours
Bronze Stratoburst, Black Stratoburst, Blue Stratoburst,
Transparent: Emerald Green, Wild Cherry
Opaque: Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red, Candy Apple
Green, Aztec Gold
Pick ups
2 white, plain-top, humbuckers
Active circuit
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone; white knobs with rubber rings,
1 3-way toggle switch, white
Bridge
Heavy die-cast bridge with drop-in string loading
Tuners
High-ratio, special lubricated tuners
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Specials
139
Security lock strap buttons
LH version available (MN only)
Minor variants:
Gold Elite
Telecaster
Same as Elite Telecaster except:
Gold-plated hardware
Pearloid tuner buttons
Walnut Elite
Telecaster
Same as Gold Elite Telecaster except:
Walnut body and neck, ebony fretboard
Finish: Natural walnut only
2.3.8 Contemporary Telecaster
To help Fender get through the difficult period after CBS had sold the company,
the Contemporary Telecaster was imported from Japan.
Special features:
Production
years
1985 - 1987, Japan
Body
Hardwood
Neck
Black
Fingerboard
RW, pearl dots
Head
Black headstock
1 String clamp
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
2 Humbuckers
Specials
Black hardware
Variant:
1987 only
1 Humbucker, 2 single coils
3-way switch
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Telecaster
2.3.9 40th Anniversary Telecaster
1988 - 1990, based on the standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Production years 1988 - 1990, USA (approx. 300 units made)
Body
Ash with bound figured maple top
Neck
MN
Pickguard
Cream
Finish
Antique Two-Tone, Natural, Transparent Red
Tuners
pearl tuner buttons
2.3.10
Telecaster Plus
1990 - 1998, based on the standard American Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-8500/2 (U.S. Plus/Deluxe series), USA
Body
Alder with figured ash top and back, bound top, contoured
back
Finish
07, 19, 28, 36, 37
Pick-Ups
3 Gold Fender-Lace Sensors (2 at bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
1 5-position sliding switch
1 coil tap switch
Changes over the years:
1995
Laminated white pearl or tortoiseshell pickguard
3 Gold Fender-Lace Sensors (1 angled at bridge)
Coil tap switch deleted
1997
Finishes: 06, 28, 36, 37, 45
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Telecaster Plus Deluxe
1990 - 1992, based on the Telecaster Plus.
Special features:
Head
No string guide, roller nut
Bridge
2-pivot bridge/vibrato unit
Tuners
Locking tuners
2.3.12
Set Neck Telecaster
1990 - 1996
Special features:
Model no.
010-3600 (Custom Shop), USA
Body
Semi-solid bound mahogany with bookmatched figured maple
top
Neck
Set-in mahogany neck
Fingerboard
RW with pearl dots, 22 Jumbo frets
Radius 12" (305mm), roller nut
Pickguard
None
Pick-Ups
2 DiMarzio humbuckers
Controls
1 V, 1 T, 3-way sliding switch, coil tap
Finish
34, 37, 38, 39, Transparent Sapphire Blue
Matching headstock
Tuners
Locking tuners
Minor Variants
Set Neck Tele Plus
1990 - 1993
Special features: Ebony fingerboard
2-pivot bridge / vibrato unit
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Set Neck Tele Plus Floyd Rose
1990 - 1993
Special features: Ebony fingerboard
2 Humbuckers, 1 black single-coil pick up (centre)
5-way selector, coil tap
Double locking Floyd Rose vibrato
Locking nut
Set Neck Telecaster Country Artist
1992 - 1996
Model no. 010-3900
Special features: Laminated tortoiseshell pickguard, 5 screws
Mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, gold-plated hardware,
1 humbucker, 1 single coil pick-up
Finishes: Gold Sparkle, Silver Sparkle, Transparent Sunset
Orange
Six-saddle Tele bridge with single-coil pickup in bridge plate
Changes over the years:
1993
2.3.13
Pau ferro fingerboard
Floyd Rose version and Set Neck Tele Plus discontinued
HMT Telecaster
1991 - 1992, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Body
Large semi-solid with f-hole
Neck
25.1" scale length (= 638mm)
Fingerboard
RW
Head
Strat-style, black-face
2 string guides
Pickguard
none
Finish
Sunburst, colours
Pick-Ups
2 black Humbuckers
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1 V, 1 T, 3-way selector, coil tap
Bridge
6-saddle string-through-body
Minor Variants
HMT Telecaster Floyd Rose
1991 - 1992
Special features: Split triangle markers, locking nut
Drooping black-face headstock, streamlined Fender logo
1 black Lace Sendor pick-up (neck, angled),
1 black Humbucker (bridge)
Floyd Rose locking bridge / vibrato unit
HMT Acoustic-Electric Telecaster
1991 - 1994
Special features:
2.3.14
1 string guide
1 black Lace Sendor pick-up (neck, angled),
1 piezo pick-up (in bridge)
1, Volume, 1 Tone, 1 Pan controls; active circuit
Single-saddle wooden bridge
Bajo Sexto Telecaster
1992 - 1998, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-4002 (Custom Shop), USA,
Body
2-piece lightweight ash
Neck
Lightly figured one-piece maple, C-shape
Truss rod adjuster at body end
Scale length = 30.2" (767mm)
Fingerboard
24 Vintage frets
Width at nut = 1.650"
Head
1 string retainer
Spaghetti logo + 'Bajo Sexto'
Pickguard
Black, 5 screws
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144
Telecaster
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Special single coil pick-ups
Finish
03, 67
Bridge
Vintage 3-saddle type
2.3.15
Sparkle Telecaster
1992 - 1996, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-8600/2 (Custom Classic series), USA
Body
Poplar
Neck
21 frets, truss-rod adjuster at body end
Pickguard
Laminated white, 8 screws
Finish
Champagne Sparkle, Gold Sparkle, Silver Sparkle
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Special single coil pick-ups
Tuners
Vintage tuners
Bridge
Brass saddles
Specials
Nickel hardware
2.3.16
Special Edition 1994 Telecaster
1994 only, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Neck
Commemorative neckplate
Pickguard
Laminated grey pearl or tortoiseshell, 8 screws
Finish
Black, Blond
2.3.17
Tele Special
1994 - 1996, based on the Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
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Model no.
013-5502, Mexico
Body
Poplar with ash-veneered top
Decal
Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
3-ply black
Finish
06, 07, 28, 32
Pick-Ups
1 Special Design humbucker,
1 Special Tele single-coil
Switching
1 5-position sliding switch
Tuners
Vintage-style tuners
Bridge
Vintage-style 6-saddle bridge
2.3.18
Foto Flame Telecaster
1994 - 1996, based on the 1962 standard Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
025-1100, Japan
Body
Alder with basswood-cap with Foto Flame Finish
Neck
Foto Flame Finish
Width at nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
Finish
Natural
Modifications over the years:
1995 - 1996
2.3.19
Finishes: 21, 31, 34, 60
Pickguard: Laminated pearl or white, 8 screws
Set Neck Telecaster Jr.
1995 - 2000, based on the Set Neck Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-3400 (Custom Classic series), USA
Body
Mahogany body with 11 tone chambers
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Telecaster
Neck
Set-in mahogany neck
Trussrod adjuster at body end
Width at nut = 1.6875" 843 mm)
Fingerboard
Pau ferro fingerboard with pearl dots
22 Medium Jumbo frets
Radius 9.5" (241mm), roller nut
Head
Black headstock
1 string guide
Pickguard
Tortoiseshell
Finish
21, 37, 38, 41
Pick-Ups
2 black Duncan Soapbar single-coil pick-ups
Switching
1 V, 1 T and 3-way selector on reverse metal control plate
Bridge
American Standard non-trem
2.3.20
Telecaster XII
1995 - 1998, based on the Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-4102 (Custom Classic series), USA
Body
2-piece lightweight ash
Neck
Lightly figured MN, '60s C-shape
Width at nut 1.700" (43 mm)
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock end
Head
1 bracket string guide
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
White, 5 screws
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Special single coil pick-ups
Finish
03, 67
Bridge
Vintage-style 12-string bridge
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Changes over the years:
1996
2.3.21
Optional RW 010-4100
Finishes: 00, 03 (MN), 07, 49
B-Bender Telecaster
Introduced in 1995, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-8442 (U.S. Standard series), USA
Neck
MN only
Finishes
05, 06, 09, 32
Bridge
Parsons/White B-Bender system
From 1998 on:
Nashville B-Bender Telecaster
Model no.
011-8342, (Hot Rodded American Series) USA
Body
Alder
Pickguard
4-ply white pearloid
Finish
00, 05, 06, 09
Pick-Ups
2 American Tele pick-ups
1 Texas Special Strat pick-up
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone
Switching
1 5-position Strat-o-Tele switch
Bridge
6-saddle, string-through-body
Tuners
Deluxe die-cast/sealed
Changes over the years:
After 2001
Not in catalogue
2003
Re-introduced (American Series)
Poplar body (Original Tele Body Shape with Sharper Body
Radius)
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Fender/Schaller Straplock Strap Buttons
Neck width at nut: 1.6875” (43 mm)
Finishes: 00, 06
2.3.22
American Classic Telecaster
Introduced 1995, Custom Shop version of American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-4800/2 (010-4810/2 with gold-plated hardware) (Custom
Classics Series), USA
Body
Alder; ash with 01 finish
Neck
Lightly figured hard rock maple
Width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
MN or RW, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
Head
1 string retainer
Pickguard
White shell on 00, 03
Brown shell on 01, 05
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Special Strat / 1 Texas Special Tele (bridge)
Controls
1 V, 1 T and 5-way switch on reverse control plate
Finish
00, 01, 03 (MN), 05, 16, 65, 95 + Custom Colour options
Changes over the years:
1997
Finishes: 00, 01, 03 , 05
Premium Ash bodies only
1998
Gold-plated hardware option discontinued
Finishes: 00, 01 (RW); 01, 03 (MN)
7/1999
New model no.: 015-5400/2
2 Texas Tele single coil pick-ups
3-ply parchment pickguard
Finishes: 00, 01, 06, 62
1/2000
Renamed Custom Classic Telecaster
2001
Finish: 00, 61, 62, 67
"Twisted Tele" neck pick-up, Classic Tele bridge pick-up
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2002
New model no.: 015-6400/2
New chrome logo
Round string retainer
2003
4-way switch
2.3.23
90's Telecaster Deluxe
1995 - 1997, based on the Standard Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
025-9000 (Special/Deluxe series), Japan
Body
Contoured alder with basswood-cap
Foto Flame option (1995 - 1996)
Fingerboard
RW
Adjusting rod at body end
Decal
Silver spaghetti logo
Pickguard
Pearloid-black-white
Finish
00, 06, 09, 31, 34, 41, 72
Pick-Ups
2 Vintage-style Strat (neck, mid),
1 single-coil PU (bridge)
Controls
1 V, 1T and 5-position sliding switch all on reverse metal
control plate
Tuners
Vintage-style tuners
Modifications over the years:
1997
2.3.24
Finishes: 00, 06, 09, 41, 72
90's Telecaster Custom
1995 - 1997, based on the Standard Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
025-2500 (Special/Deluxe series), Japan
The Fender Reference
149
150
Telecaster
Body
Basswood, double-bound (Black pearl or White pearl)
Neck
V-shaped
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW
Radius 7.25" (18.4cm)
Head
Matching colour
Decal
Silver spaghetti logo
Pickguard
Laminated Black pearl or White pearl
Finish
05, 06
Tuners
Vintage-style tuners
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
2.3.25
Telecaster Acoustic/Electric
1995 - 1997, based on the HMT Acoustic-Electric Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
025-2400 (Special/Deluxe series), Japan
Body
Mahogany back, bound spruce top
Neck
Width at nut = 1.68" (43 mm)
Fingerboard
RW, 12" radius (304.8 mm)
Head
Black logo
Pickguard
--
Finish
00, 06
Pick-Ups
1 single-coil PU (neck), 1 Piezo PU (saddle)
Tuners
Gotoh die-cast
2.3.26
Telecaster Classic Nylon String Electric
1996 – 1997.
Special Features:
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Model no.
025-2600 (Special/Deluxe series), Japan
Body
Basswood, single-bound with f-hole
Neck
Width at nut = 1.65" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
12" radius (304.8 mm)
Head
1 square string-retainer
Black logo
Pickguard
--
Finish
00, 06
Pick-Ups
Piezo PU (saddle)
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, active electronics
Bridge
Single rosewood saddle
Tuners
Gotoh Rotomatic
Modifications over the years:
1997
2.3.27
Renamed Telecaster Classical Thinline
Tex-Mex Telecaster Special
1997 only, based on the Standard Telecaster.
Special Features
Model no.
013-7302 (Special/Deluxe series), Mexico
Finish
06, 09, 32, 41, 72
Pick-Ups
1 Tex-Mex Humbucker
1 Tex-Mex single-coil PU
Controls
1 V, 1 T, 5-way selector
Tuners
Vintage-style tuners
The Fender Reference
151
152
Telecaster
2.3.28
Deluxe Nashville Telecaster
Introduced in 1/1997, based on the Standard Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-5300/2 (Special/Deluxe series), Mexico
Body
Alder
Pickguard
4-ply Brown shell
Finish
06, 09, 32, 80
Pick-Ups
Tex-Mex Tele / Tex-Mex Strat / Tex-Mex Tele
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone
Switching
1 5-position Strat-o-Tone switch
Bridge
Vintage-style 6-saddle Tele bridge
Tuners
Vintage-style tuners
Changes over the years:
1/2005
Finishes: 06, 09, 32, 67
1/2006
Width at nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
Finishes: Alder body: 09, 32; Ash body: 20, 67
2.3.29
'90s Tele Thinline
1997 - 2001, based on the late '60s Telecaster Thinline.
Special features:
Model no.
010-8200/2, (American Special Series) USA
Body
Double-bound ash, semi-hollow, single f-hole
Neck
Micro-Tilt adjustment, Bi-flex truss rod
Fingerboard
MN or RW
22 medium Jumbo frets
Head
1 roller string guide
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Decal
Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
3-ply white or brown shell, 12 screws
Finish
00, 05, 06, 21, 38
Bridge
Standard Telecaster bridge
Tuners
Fender Deluxe die-cast tuners
Specials
Schaller Strap-lock buttons
Changes over the years:
2000
2.3.30
MN only
California Tele
1997 - 1998, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1600/2, (California Series) USA
Neck
21 frets
Decal
Logo + "California Series"
Finish
06, 09, 32, 40, 41
Pick-Ups
1 Tex-Mex Strat pick-up, white
1 Tex-Mex Tele pick-ups
Bridge
US Vintage six-saddle string-through-body bridge
Variant:
California Fat Tele
Model no. 010-1702
MN only
1 Tex-Mex single-coil pickup
1 Tex-Mex humbucker
The Fender Reference
153
154
Telecaster
2.3.31
American Deluxe Telecaster
Introduced in 1998, based on the American Standard Telecaster .
Special features:
Model no.
010-5500/2, (American Deluxe Series) USA
Body
Premium ash or alder, bound top, contoured back
Decal
Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
3-ply aged white or brown shell
Finish
Alder body: 00, 06, 38
Ash body: 01, 48, 94
Pick-Ups
3 Vintage Tele Noiseless pick-ups
Additional mini-switch
Bridge
Deluxe Tele bridge
Tuners
Deluxe die-cast tuners
Changes over the years:
1999
New model no.: 010-4600/2
Finish 21 added
2 Vintage Noiseless pick-ups
3-way sliding switch
Also available with Fishman power-bridge (piezos)
with 2 dual concentric volume and tone controls and additional 2-way mini switch
2000
Finish 94 deleted
Fishman power-bridge option introduced as separate model
Power Tele 010-5700/2
2003
Finishes: Alder body 00, 06, 25, 82
Ash body: 31 , 48
1/2004
New model no.: 010-1600/2
Alder body only
2 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pick-ups
S-1 switch
Pickguards and Finishes: 3-ply mint green on 00,
4-ply aged white pearloid on 31, 82,
1-ply bevelled gold vinyl on 64
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2.3.32
American Fat Telecaster
1998 - 2002, based on the American Standard Telecaster .
Special features:
Model no.
010-8000/2 (American Hot Rodded Series), USA
Body
Alder only
Finish
00, 05, 06, 09
Pick-Ups
1 American Standard Tele pick-up (bridge)
1 Fender DH-1 humbucking pick-up (neck)
Switching
5-way switch
Changes over the years:
2000
RW only
2001
New model no.: 011-8000
Alder or ash body
Finishes: 00, 01, 06, 09
2.3.33
Tele-Sonic
1998 - 2004, based on the American Standard Telecaster .
Special features:
Model no.
010-1800 (American Special Series), USA
Body
Chambered mahogany body
Neck
24 3/4" scale
Fingerboard
RW only
Decal
Black face, logo + model name, 1 string retainer
Pickguard
3-ply black, special shape, 6 screws
Finish
32, 38
Pick-Ups
2 US DeArmond K2 pick-ups
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone
1 3-way toggle switch
The Fender Reference
155
156
Telecaster
Bridge
Wilkinson stop tailpiece
Tuners
Deluxe Fender die-cast sealed tuners
Changes over the years:
2003
2.3.34
Additional Butterscotch Blonde (50) finish
6-saddle bridge and stop-tailpiece
1998 Collector's Edition Telecaster
1998, based on the American Standard Telecaster (1998 units made).
Special features:
Model no.
010-1998, USA
Body
Ash
Neck
V-shaped
Fingerboard
RW, abalone dots
21 frets, special 12th fret inlay
Pick-Ups
2 American Vintage Tele pick-ups
Pickguard
Single-ply white, 5 screws
Finish
03
Tuners
pearl tuner buttons
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
Serial no. on neckplate (nnnn of 1998)
2.3.35
Deluxe Nashville Power Telecaster
Introduced in 7/1999, based on the Deluxe Nashville Telecaster.
Differing Features:
Model no.
013-5000 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Neck
RW only
Pick-Ups
Tex-Mex Tele / Strat / Tele pick-ups
Fishman Power bridge (6 piezos)
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Controls
157
1 stacked pot with volume control (magnetic pickups only)
and tone control (magnetic pickups only), 1 volume control
(piezo pickups only)
Changes over the years:
1/2005
Finishes: 03, 06, 67
Width at nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
2.3.36
American Deluxe Power Tele
1999 - 2001, based on the American Deluxe Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-5700/2, (American Deluxe Series) USA
Body
Bound alder or ash
Pick-Ups
6 additional Piezo pick-ups
Controls
2 dual concentric volume and tone controls
Additional 3-waxy mini toggle switch
Bridge
Fender/Fishman Power bridge
2.3.37
Tele Sub-Sonic
January 2002 - 2005, this was the second guitar bearing the 'Sub Sonic' moniker.
The first had been based on the Stratocaster, but had only lasted for a year. Now it
was the Tele's turn.
Special features:
Model no.
015-4732 (Custom Classic series), USA
Body
Premium Ash
Neck
MN, C-shape, 22 frets
27" scale, tuned B-E-A-D-G-B
Trussrod adjuster at body end
Decal
Gold spaghetti logo + 'Sub-Sonic'
Finish
01, 03, 06, 50
The Fender Reference
158
Telecaster
Pickguard
3-ply Parchment
Pick-Ups
"Twisted Tele" neck pick-up
Classic Tele bridge pick-up
Switching
4-position blade switch
Bridge
Custom Classic bridge, chrome-plated brass saddles
Tuners
Deluxe die-cast sealed
Specials
Reversed control plate
2.3.38
Telecaster Custom FMT
Introduced in 1/2003, based on the Set Neck Telecaster.
Special Features
Model no.
026-2000 (Special Edition series), Korea
Body
Mahogany, with carved flame maple top
Back contour
Cream binding on top of body
Neck
Mahogany set neck, modern C-shape
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
Bound RW, 15.75” Radius (400mm), abalone dots
22 Jumbo frets, graphite nut
Width at nut 1.625”
Head
Matching colour
2 string retainers
Decal
Silver spaghetti logo + ® (no model name)
Finish
38, 39, 50
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone; metal knobs with push/pull coil-select
3-position toggle
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
6 saddles, strings-through-body hardtail bridge
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159
Black chrome hardware on finish 38
Modifications over the years:
1/2004
20, 38, 61, 62
1/2005
Finish 62 deleted
2.3.39
Highway 1 Telecaster
Introduced 1/2003, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Differing features:
Model no.
011-1200/2 (Highway 1 series), USA
Body
Alder only
Finish
(Satin Lacquer Finish) 00, 04, 38, 67
Pickguard
3-ply White, 5 screws
Pickups
2 Vintage-style single-coils
Bridge
Vintage-style 3-saddle bridge
Tuners
Standard tuners, sealed
Modifications over the years
2004
Finishes: 00, 27, 38, 48, 67
2005
Finishes: 00, 27, 38, 67
2006
Finishes: 00, 38, 67
7/2006
New model no.: 011-1260/2
Finishes: 00, 04, 06, 67, 75
Pickups: 2 Hot Tele single-coil Pickups with Alnico 3 Magnets
Pickguard: 3-ply Parchment
2.3.40
Highway 1 Texas Telecaster
Introduced 7/2003, based on the Highway 1 Telecaster.
Differing features:
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160
Telecaster
Model no.
011-5302 (Highway 1 series), USA
Body
Ash
Neck
1-piece maple neck only, 12" radius
Pickups
2 Hot Vintage single-coil Tele Pickups
Pickguard
1-ply white
Finish
(Satin Lacquer Finish) 03, 67
Tuners
Vintage-style
2.3.41
Flat Head Telecaster
Introduced in 7/2003, based on the American Series Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
015-4900 (Showmaster series), USA
Body
Select Alder, with back contour
Neck
Lightly figured, hard V-shape
Contoured neck eel
Fingerboard
Ebony, 12" radius, 22 jumbo frets
Width at nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
Nickel silver 'crossed pistons' inlay at 12th fret
Head
1 round string retainer
Decal
Black Spaghetti logo + 'Flat Head'
Pickguard
none
Finish
06, 70, 74
Pick-Ups
2 EMG humbuckers
Controls
1 Volume; dome knob
3-Position toggle
2.3.42
American Deluxe Ash Telecaster
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the American Deluxe Telecaster.
Special features:
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Model no.
010-1702 (American Deluxe Series), USA
Body
Premium ash
Neck
MN, U-shape
Fingerboard
Abalone dot inlays
Pick-Ups
2 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Pickups
Pickguard and
Finish
03 with 1-ply bevelled mint green vinyl
2.3.43
50 with 1-ply black bakelite
American Deluxe Telecaster FMT/QMT HH
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the American Deluxe Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1670 (FMT)
010-1680 (QMT) (American Deluxe Series), USA
Body
Premium alder with Flame or Quilt maple top and contoured
back
Fingerboard
Ebony
Pickguard
none
Pickups
2 Enforcer Humbuckers
Finish
20, 52, 61, 62
Bridge
Strat-style non-vibrato bridge
Specials
Black Anodized Mini-Barrel Knobs
2.3.44
161
Blackout Telecaster
2004 only.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-2400 (Special Edition Series), Korea
Body
Basswood, with carved top
Neck
Set neck, modern C-shape
Fingerboard
RW, 15.75" radius (400mm), 22 Jumbo Frets
The Fender Reference
162
Telecaster
No markers (side dots only)
Width at nut 1.625”
Head
Matching painted headstock
Decal
Chrome Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
None
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers
Finish
06, 33
Bridge
6-saddles, strings-through-body design
Specials
Black Hardware
2.3.45
Lite Ash Telecaster
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the American Series Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-5102, (Special Edition series) Korea
Body
Ash
Neck
One-piece birdseye Maple, modern C-shape
Fingerboard
Abalone dots
9.5" radius (241mm)
Width at nut 1.625”
Head
2 string retainers
Pickguard
1-ply black, 8 screws
Pick-Ups
2 single coils
Finish
21
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
Vintage-style with 3 brass saddles
Modifications over the years:
2005
Finishes: 06, 21, 41
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2.3.46
Aerodyne Telecaster
Introduced in 1/2005, based on the American Series Telecaster.
Features:
Model no.
025-6605 (Special Edition series), Japan
Body
Basswood (carved top), cream binding
Neck
Width at nut 1.650"
Fingerboard
RW, 7.25" radius (184mm)
Head
Matching painted headstock, 1 string retainer
Decal
Silver Applique Logo + 'Aerodyne Series'
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
2 Vintage style single-coil
Finish
06
Tuners
Vintage-style
Bridge
Standard with 6 cast saddles
Specials
Knurled Chrome Dome Control Knobs
2.3.47
Big Block Telecaster
7/2005 - 2006, based on the Standard Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-4300 (Deluxe Series), Mexico
Fingerboard
Rosewood, unbound with pearloid block inlays
Head
Matching painted headstock
Pickguard
1-ply Chrome
Finish
06
Pick-Ups
2 Vintage style PUs
1 Vintage style reverse-wound/reverse-polarity single-coil
(middle)
Switching
5-position blade w. chrome tip
The Fender Reference
163
164
Telecaster
2.3.48
60th Anniversary Telecaster
2006 only, based on the American Series Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
011-6100 (American Series), USA
Body
Sharper ‘52 style radius
Head
Cubic zirconium inlaid emblem
Pickguard
3-ply Parchment Pickguard
Finish
00
Pick-Ups
2 American Vintage Tele single-coil Pickups
Specials
Stamped 60th Anniversary neck plate
2.3.49
Custom Telecaster Thinline
Introduced in 1/2006, combining features of the 1951 Nocaster and the 1968 Telecaster Thinline. Special features:
Model no.
150-0502 NOS
151-0502 Closet Classic
152-0502 Relic
(Time Machine series) Custom Shop, USA
Body
Semi hollow, ash, with f-hole
Neck
MN, “U” Shape
Width at nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Fingerboard
21 Medium jumbo frets
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Head
1 round string retainer
Decal
Spaghetti logo, no model name
Pickguard
1-ply Parchment on 06, 1-ply Black on 07
Finish
06, 07
Pick-Ups
1 CS “Twisted” single-coil (Neck),
1 CS Broadcaster single-coil (Bridge)
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Koa Telecaster
Introduced in 1/2006, based on the American Series Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-5107 (Special Edition series), Korea
Body
Basswood body with Koa veneer top
Neck
Birds-eye maple
Fingerboard
RW only
Width at nut 1.625”
Head
Chrome Spaghetti logo, no model name
2 string retainers
Pickguard
3-ply white pearloid
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro single-coils
Finish
37
Bridge
Vintage-style with 3 brass saddles
2.3.51
Classic Player Baja Telecaster
Introduced in 7/2006, based on the 1950s standard Telecaster.
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
014-1502 (Classic series), USA
Neck
MN, soft V-shape, 21 Medium jumbo frets,
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Width at nut 1.625” (41.2 mm)
Pick-Ups
1 CS “Twisted” single-coil (Neck),
1 CS Broadcaster single-coil (Bridge)
Switching
4-position blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1
Pickguard, Finish 1-ply parchment on: 07
1-ply black on: 89
The Fender Reference
165
166
Telecaster
2.3.52
Telecaster Pro
Introduced in 1/2007, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
150-0402 (Custom Shop Special Edition), USA
Body
Ash
Neck
MN, large C-shape
Width at nut = 1.6875” (43 mm)
Fingerboard
12" radius (305 mm)
Decal
CBS-style black logo + ® + 2 pat. nos. + 'Telecaster'
Pickguard
1-ply black bakelite on 07
1-ply parchment on 06
Finish
06, 07
Pick-Ups
1 CS “Twisted” single-coil (Neck),
1 Samarium Cobalt single-coil (Bridge)
Switching
4-position blade
Tuners
Vintage Kluson-style
Bridge
Vintage with brass saddles
2.3.53
Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH
Introduced in 3/2007.
Special features:
Model no.
026-2600 (Special Edition series), Korea
Body
Mahogany, bound, with spalted maple top
Neck
1-piece mahogany set neck, slim C-shape
Width at nut = 1.625"
Fingerboard
RW, bound, 22 Jumbo frets
15.75" radius (400mm)
Head
2 string retainers
Decal
Black Spaghetti-style logo + ®
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Pickguard
none
Finish
21
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers
Controls
1 V, 1 T; metal knobs
167
Push/pull coil-selector
Switching
3-position toggle
Tuners
Vintage
Bridge
6-saddle bridge, strings-through-body-design
2.3.54
Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster
Introduced in 1/2007, based on the 1952 standard Telecaster.
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
010-0232 (Vintage Hot Rod series), USA
Neck
U-shape
Fingerboard
21 Medium jumbo frets
9.5" radius (241mm)
Finish
50 (nitrocellulose)
Pick-ups
1 Vintage Tele single-coil (bridge)
1 Seymour Duncan mini humbucker (neck)
2.4
Reissue Models
2.4.1 Vintage '52 Telecaster
The '52 Telecaster was first announced at the NAMM show in June 1981 in a limited edition run of 3,000 guitars and production was scheduled to start in August of
that year. However, since it became apparent that some major features of the guitar
(most of all the body shape) were anything but period-correct, the project was
shelved. After thorough research, the '52 Telecaster was again presented at the
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Telecaster
winter NAMM show in January 1982, this time no longer a limited edition, and
production finally started later that year.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1303
Body
Lightweight Ash
Finish
50 (Butterscotch Blond)
Circuit
Modern switching update kit included
Serial no.
4 digits on neck plate; 5 digits from 1988 on
Changes over the years:
1996 - 1997
Finishes: 06, 50, 84
Custom Shop LH version 010-5222
1/1998
New model no.: 010-0202
2 New American Vintage Tele pick-ups
Normal production LH version introduced 010-0222
1999
LH Finishes: 01 (ash body), 03, 06, 09
2000
Finishes: 50, 84, LH: 50
2001
50
2.4.2 '50s Telecaster
This Japanese-built model was known in the UK as the Squier Series '52 Telecaster (1982 - 1983). From 1983 to 1985 it was sold under the actual Squier brand,
and in 1990 it was re-introduced under the Fender brand. In 1999 the production
was moved to Mexico.
Special features:
Model no.
027-5602 (LH 027-5622):, Japan
Body
Basswood
Neck
Width at nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
Finish
01, 03, 06, 09, 56, 72
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Changes over the years:
1994
Foto-flame option
1996
New model no.: 027-1202, (LH 027-1222)
Basswood body
Neck width at nut: 1.625" (41.2 mm)
LH: Finish 01 only
1998
Finishes: 01,03, 06
LH version discontinued
1/1999
Production moved to Mexico
Model no. 013-1202
1-ply white pickguard
Finish: 01, 03, 06
2003
Ash body
2.4.3 Paisley Telecaster
1984 to 1998. In principle, this model is a reissue of a standard Telecaster as produced in 1968, the only special feature being the then popular Pink Paisley finish.
Special features:
Model no.
027-4902 (Collectables series), Japan
Body
Ash
Neck
MN
Width at nut 1.65" (42mm)
Pickguard
2-ply Paisley
Finish
Pink Paisley
Changes over the years:
1994/1995
Basswood body
Clear pickguard
The Fender Reference
170
Telecaster
2.4.4 '62 Custom Telecaster
Introduced in 1984, based on the Custom Telecaster as produced from 1959 onwards. In 1999 the production was moved to the USA.
Special Features:
Model no.
027-5100 (LH 027-5120), Japan
Body
Basswood with bound top and back
Neck
Width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Decal
Spaghetti logo
Finish
00, 09
Changes over the years:
1994 - 1996
Foto-flame option
1998
LH version discontinued
7/1999
Production moved to USA
Model no. 010-6200
Finishes: 00, 06, 09
3-ply mint green pickguard
2002
Finishes: 00, 06, 24, 54, 83
2003
Finishes 54 deleted
2004
Finishes: 00, 06, 08, 57, 83
2.4.5 '72 Telecaster Custom
Introduced in 1984, based on the 1972 Telecaster Custom. From 1999 on, Japanese
production was exclusively for the home market. Production for worldwide distribution was moved to Mexico.
Special Features:
Model no.
027-7602 (Collectables Series), Japan
Body
Basswood
Neck
One-piece MN only
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171
Width at nut 1.65" (42mm)
Finish
00, 06
Changes over the years:
1999
Production moved to Mexico; 013-7500/2 (Classic Series)
Relevant changes:
Poplar or alder body
U-shape neck
Finishes: 00 (alder body), 06 (poplar body)
2003
Alder bodies only
2.4.6 '72 Telecaster Thinline
Introduced in 1984, based on the 1972 humbucker-version Telecaster Thinline.
From 1999 on, Japanese production was exclusively for the home market. Production for worldwide distribution was moved to Mexico.
Special Features:
Model no.
027-3202 (Collectables Series), Japan
Neck
Width at nut 1.65" (42mm)
Head
2 string retainers
Pickguard
3-ply pearloid-black-white
Finish
21
Changes over the years:
5/1999
Production moved to Mexico 013-7402 (Classic Series)
Relevant changes:
U-shape neck
4-ply pearloid pickguard
Finishes: 00, 21
The Fender Reference
172
Telecaster
2.4.7 Blue Flower Telecaster
1986 to 1993. In principle, this model is a reissue of a standard Telecaster as produced in 1968, the only special feature being the then popular Blue Floral Pattern
finish.
Special features:
Model no.
027-??02 (Collectables series), Japan
Body
Basswood
Neck
MN
Width at nut 1.65" (42mm)
Finish
Blue Flower pattern
2.4.8 '69 Telecaster Thinline
Introduced in 1986, based on the 1968 version Telecaster Thinline with single coil
pick-ups. From 1998 on, Japanese production was exclusively for the home market. Production for worldwide distribution was moved to Mexico.
Special Features:
Model no.
027-7702 (Collectables Series), Japan
Body
Mahogany, semi-hollow with f-hole
Pickguard
3-ply pearloid-black-white
Finish
21
Changes over the years:
5/1999
Production moved to Mexico; 013-6902 (Classic Series)
Relevant changes:
Ash or mahogany body
U-shape neck
4-ply pearloid pickguard
Finishes: 00, 06, 21
2002
Finishes: 00 on ash body; 03, 06, 21 on mahogany body
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173
2.4.9 Rosewood Telecaster
1985 - 1996, based on the standard 1968 Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
027-4800 (Collectables series), Japan
Body
Rosewood
Neck
One-piece rosewood
Width at nut 1.65" (42mm)
Head
Gold Transition logo
Pickguard
3-ply black
Finish
Natural
2.4.10
Relic '50s Nocaster
Introduced in 1995, based on the 1950 intermediate model that didn't feature a
name decal, when the name changed from Broadcaster to Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
010-5102, (Custom Shop) USA
Neck
Width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
9.5" radius
Specials
3-position blade, Custom Shop wiring
In January 1999, when the Relic concept was broadened, the model received a new
name and three finish variants were offered in the newly created Time Machine
series.
'51 Nocaster
NOS
Model no. 015-0102
Finishes: 07
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-0202
Finishes: 67
Relic
Model no. 015-0302
Finishes: 67
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174
Telecaster
2.4.11
'50s Telecaster
1996 - 1998, based on the 1951 standard Telecaster.
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
010-5002, (Custom Classic series) USA
010-5012 with gold-plated hardware (- 1997)
Finish
01, 03, 06
Switching
Modern 3-position
2.4.12
'60s Telecaster Custom
1996 - 1998, based on the 1959 Custom Telecaster.
Features differing from the original:
Model no.
010-6300, (Custom Classic series) USA
010-6310 with gold-plated hardware (- 1997)
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Special Tele single coils pick-ups
Finish
03, 06, Custom Colour options
Switching
Modern 3-position
2.4.13
'52 Tele Special
1999 - 2001, based on the standard 1952 Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-0212, (American Special Series; from 7/1999 American
Vintage Series) USA
Pickguard
Single-ply white
Pick-Ups
Modern pick-ups
Finish
03
Switching
Modern 3-position
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
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Reissue Models
2.4.14
'63 Telecaster
Introduced in January 1999, Time Machine series.
Variants:
NOS
Model no. 015-1000
Finishes: 01, 02, 09
3-ply white pickguard
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-1100
Finishes: 02, 07, 09
3-ply Parchment pickguard
Relic
Model no. 015-1200
Finishes: 02, 07, 09
3-ply mint green pickguard
2.4.15
'60s Telecaster
Introduced in July 2001, based on the standard early 1960s Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-1600 (Classic Series), Mexico
Neck
Width at nut = 1.650” (42 mm)
Pickguard
3-ply mint green
Finish
05, 06, 09
2.4.16
'72 Telecaster Deluxe
Introduced in January 2004, based on the 1973 Telecaster Deluxe.
Special features:
Model no.
013-7702 (Classic Series), Mexico
Body
Alder
Neck
MN, U-shape, 12" radius (305 mm)
Width at nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
The Fender Reference
175
176
Telecaster
Finish
00, 06, 92
Pickguard
15 screws
2.4.17
'60 Custom Telecaster
2003 to 2004, Time Machine series.
Period-specific Features:
Body
Select alder body
Pickguard
3-ply Parchment pickguard
Finishes
Finishes: 00, 09, 72
Variants:
NOS
Model no. 015-3300
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-3400
Relic
Model no. 015-3500
2.4.18
'67 Telecaster
Introduced in July 2004, Time Machine series.
Period-specific Features:
Body
Select alder body
Pickguard
3-ply white pickguard
Finishes
Finishes: 06, 44, 80
Variants:
NOS
Model no. 155-6700/2
Closet Classic
Model no. 156-6700/2
Relic
Model no. 157-6700/2
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Reissue Models
2.4.19
'50s Telecaster with Bigsby
Introduced 1/2005, based on the standard 1952 Telecaster.
Differing features:
Model no.
025-6702 (Classic Series), Japan
Neck
1-piece Maple, C-shape
Pickguard
1-ply white
Finish
01, 34
Bridge
6-saddle with Bigsby “F” vibrato tail-piece
Variant:
'60s Custom
Telecaster
with Bigsby
2.4.20
025-6800, based on the standard 1962 Telecaster
Finishes: 00, 09
'70s Telecaster LH
2005 only, based on the standard 1970s Telecaster.
Differing features:
Model no.
025-1222 (Limited Edition series), Japan
Pickguard
3-ply white
Finish
01, 06
2.4.21
Rosewood Telecaster
January – December 2007, based on the 1969 Rosewood Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
015-0067 (Custom Shop Limited Release), USA
Body
Rosewood
Neck
Rosewood with separate rosewood fingerboard
Head
Silver Spaghetti logo
The Fender Reference
177
178
Telecaster
2.5
Artist Models
2.5.1 Albert Collins Telecaster
Introduced in 1/1990, based on the 1966 Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-8800, (Custom Artist series) USA
Body
2-piece lightweight premium ash
White binding on top & back
Neck
C-shape
Fingerboard
Maple fingerboard, 21 Vintage frets
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Width at nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Decal
Transition logo + signature (no model name)
Finish
Natural
Pick-Ups
1 Seymour Duncan humbucking pick-up
1 single coil Tele pick-up
Bridge
6-saddle vintage-style bridge
2.5.2 Danny Gatton Telecaster
Introduced in 1/1990, based on the '50s Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-8700, (Custom Artist series) USA
Body
Lightweight premium ash
Neck
MN, '50s U-shape
Fingerboard
22 vintage frets, radius 9.5" (241mm)
Black dots, cubic Zirconia side markers
Head
1 round string retainer
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Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
1-ply aged white, 5 screws
Finish
67, 79
Pick-Ups
2 Twin blade Joe Barden single coil pick-ups
Bridge
Modified 3-saddle vintage-style bridge
2.5.3 James Burton Telecaster
Introduced in 1/1990, based on the standard American Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-8602, USA
Body
Poplar
Neck
MN, 60s U-shape
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
21 Vintage frets
Decal
Silver logo + serial no. + model name + 'Made in USA' + signature
Pickguard
none
Finish
10, 11, 23, 77
Pick-Ups
1 Blue Fender-Lace Sensor (neck)
1 Silver Fender-Lace Sensor (mid)
1 Red Fender-Lace Sensor (bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1TBX
1 5-position sliding switch
Bridge
6-saddle Strat-style bridge
Gold or black chrome
Tuners
pearl-buttoned Elite Gold tuners or black chrome
Specials
Black chrome (11, 77) or gold (10, 23) hardware
Changes over the years:
1/2006
Basswood body
3 James Burton pick-ups
The Fender Reference
179
180
Telecaster
1 Volume, 1 Tone control
Finishes: 23, (87) Red Paisley Flames, (888) Blue Paisley
Flames
2.5.4 Jerry Donahue Telecaster
1992 - 2001, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-8902, (Custom Artist series) USA
Body
Light ash with birdseye maple top and back
Neck
One-piece birdseye maple, V-shape
Width at nut = 1.650" (42mm)
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
21 Vintage frets
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
Laminated black, 5 screws
Finish
00, 27, 38
Pick-Ups
1 Tele, 1 Strat
Controls
1 V, 1 T, 1 5-way switch
Bridge
Vintage 3-saddle type
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
2.5.5 Jerry Donahue "JD" Telecaster
1992 - 1999, based on the US-made Jerry Donahue Telecaster.
Differing features:
Model no.
027-9702 (Artist series), Japan
Body
Bound basswood body
Fingerboard
Radius = 7.25" (184mm)
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo + model name + "JD" lettering
Pickguard
3-ply black, 8 screws
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Finish
00, 38
Pick-Ups
1 Custom Strat single-coil PU (neck)
1 Custom Tele single-coil PU (bridge)
Tuners
Vintage-style tuners
Modifications over the years:
1997
Finishes: 00, 06, 27, 38
2.5.6 Clarence White Telecaster
1993 - 2001, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-5602, (Custom Artist series) USA
Neck
Lightly figured one-piece MN
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
21 frets, 7.25" radius (184 m)
Width at nut 1.625" (41 mm)
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
Laminated tortoiseshell, 8 screws
Finish
03
Pick-Ups
1 Texas Tele single coil pick-up
1 '54 Strat single coil pick-up
Bridge
Vintage-style with Parsons/White B-Bender
Tuners
Banjo-style de-tuners for 1st and 6th string
2.5.7 Waylon Jennings Tribute Telecaster
Introduced in 1995, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-0302, (Custom Artist series) USA
Body
Ash, bound back and top, hand tooled leather inlay
The Fender Reference
181
182
Telecaster
Neck
MN, 21 frets, 12" radius
Flying W inlay at 12th fret
Adjusting rod at body end
Head
1 string retainer
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
3-ply white
Finish
06 with leather White Rose inlay
Tuners
5 Elite tuners with pearl buttons, 1 Scruggs tuner for low Estring
2.5.8 James Burton Standard Telecaster
Introduced in 1/1996, based on the Standard late '50s Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-8602 (Artist Series), Mexico
Body
Poplar
Neck
NM, '50s U-shape, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
Width at nut 1.65" (42mm)
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
3-ply white
Finish
03, 06, 07, 09
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Tele single-coil Pus
Changes over the years:
1997
Finish 07 replaced by 41
7/1999
Finish 09 only
2003
Alder body
Mid '60s U-shape neck
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Artist Models
2.5.9 Nokie Edwards Lim. Ed. Telecaster
1996 only.
Special Features:
Model no.
025-8500 (Artist series), Japan
Body
Laminated ash/basswood/maple with flame maple top, contoured
Neck
3-piece maple
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Ebony fingerboard with zero fret, 17" radius
Width at nut = 1.650" (42 mm)
Head
Tilt-back headstock, laminated flame head cap
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
None
Finish
Natural (Foto Flame)
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan "Nokie Edwards" Special humbuckers
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
3-position blade, Push-Pull coil tap
Bridge
Thinline-style 6-saddle bridge, string-through-body
Tuners
Vintage-style tuners with Banjo tuner for low E
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
2.5.10
Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster
Introduced in 1/1997, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-0402, (Custom Artist series) USA
Body
Quilted maple top, bound with tone chambers
Neck
One-piece maple set neck, deeply carved heel
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
Head
1 round string retainer
Decal
Spaghetti logo, signature, "Tuff Dog Tele" inlay
The Fender Reference
183
184
Telecaster
Pickguard
Ivoroid restyled, 7 screws
Finish
03
Pick-Ups
2 Texas Tele single coil pick-up
Switching
Custom 4-way switching
Tuners
5 Elite tuners with pearl buttons
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
Name changes over the years:
1997 – 2000
Merle Haggard Tribute Tuff Dog Tele
2001 - 2003
Merle Haggard Tribute Tele
since 2004
Merle Haggard Signature Tele
2.5.11
Will Ray "Mojo" Telecaster
1997 - 2001, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-4500, with hipshot B-bender: 010-4540 (Custom Artist
series)
Neck
RW, pearloid Voodoo skull inlays
Head
Strat-style small headstock
Decal
Spaghetti logo + signature
Pickguard
Restyled white shell, 8 screws
Finish
68, 69, 70
Pick-Ups
2 Custom Shop Jazzmaster pick-ups
Controls
Volume / Tone select / Tone controls, 3-way selector
Tuners
Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners
Bridge
Custom 3-saddle bridge with optional Hip Shot B-Bender
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2.5.12
Will Ray Lim. Ed. Jazz-A-Caster
1997 only, based on the Will Ray "Mojo" Telecaster.
Special Features
Model no.
025-8700 (Limited Edition series), Japan
Body
Basswood
Neck
Satin-finished maple, pearloid triangular markers
Hellecasters inlay at 12th fret
Pickguard
3-ply white pearl, Tele-shaped
Finish
Gold foil (50)
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan Jazzmaster pick-ups
Switching
1 4-position switch
2.5.13
John Jorgensen Telecaster
1998 - 2001, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
010-4400 (Custom Artist series) USA
Body
Korina, bound
Neck
African rosewood fingerboard (ebony on black finish)
Pearloid dot markers (gold sparkle on black finish)
Head
No string retainer
Decal
Spaghetti logo + 'Custom Telecaster' + signature
Pickguard
Transparent, 8 screws
Finish
06, 16, 17
Pick-Ups
2 Custom humbucking pick-ups
Switching
Modern 5-position blade
Tuners
Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners
Bridge
Vintage-style 3-saddle bridge
The Fender Reference
185
186
Telecaster
2.5.14
Buck Owens Lim. Ed. Telecaster
1998 only, based on the American Standard Telecaster.
Special Features
Model no.
025-7500 (Limited Edition Artist series), Japan
Body
Basswood, bound
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW
Head
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
Gold, 8 screws
Finish
Red / Silver / Blue Sparkle
Pick-Ups
2 Vintage Tele pick-ups
Bridge
3-saddle fixed bridge
Tuners
Vintage-style tuners with Banjo tuner for low E
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
2.5.15
Muddy Waters Telecaster
Introduced in 8/2000, based on the early '60s standard Telecaster.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-8500 (Artist Series), Mexico
Body
Ash
Neck
C-shape
Fingerboard
RW, 21 frets
9.5" radius (241 mm)
Width at nut = 1.650” (42 mm)
Head
Silver Spaghetti logo + 'Telecaster Custom'
Pickguard
1-ply white, 9 screws
Finish
09
Pick-Ups
2 US Vintage single-coil PUs
Controls
1-10 scaled amp control knobs
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Tuners
Vintage-style
Specials
Muddy Waters signature on neckplate
2.5.16
Jimmy Bryant Tribute Telecaster
Introduced in 7/2003, based on the American Series Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
015-0062 (Custom Artist Series), USA
Body
Premium Ash
Neck
MN, 21 Vintage frets
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name
Pickguard
1-ply Black with Custom Hand-Tooled Leather Pickguard
Overlay
Finish
01
Pick-Ups
2 Custom Nocaster Vintage single-coil pick-ups
Tuners
Vintage-style 3-saddle
2.5.17
J5 Telecaster (John 5)
Introduced in 7/2003, based on the American Series Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
015-5000 (Custom Artist Series), USA
Body
Premium ash, bound
Fingerboard
RW, 12" radius (305 mm)
Head
3 tuners on each side, no string guide
Painted black
Decal
Chrome Spaghetti logo + ® + 'Telecaster' + ® + 'Made in
USA'
Pickguard
1-ply Chrome, 8 screws
Finish
06
The Fender Reference
187
188
Telecaster
Pick-Ups
1 Custom Shop Twisted Tele single-coil (Neck),
1 Enforcer Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
Controls
2 Volume
1 3-way toggle switch in Les Paul position
Tuners
Vintage style
Bridge
Humbucker bridge
Specials
Modified Tele XII headstock shape
Variant:
J5 Bigsby Telecaster
2.5.18
015-5500
1 Twisted Tele PU, 1 SD Hot Rails humbucker
1 V, 1 T controls
Fender Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
J5 Telecaster
Introduced in 7/2004, based on the Custom Artist series J5 Telecaster
Differing features:
Model no.
013-9000 (Artist Series), Mexico
Decal
Chrome Spaghetti logo + ® + 'Telecaster' + ®
Bridge
Chromed brass saddles
Specials
No Jack Flat Spot on Body Perimeter
2.5.19
J5 Triple Tele Deluxe
Introduced in 1/2007, based on the Custom Artist series J5 Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
013-5000 (Artist Series), Mexico
Neck
'60s C-shape
Fingerboard
RW, 12" radius (305 mm)
Head
Large CBS-shape, black
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Decal
Silver logo + ® + Telecaster + ®
Pickguard
Large 1-ply Chrome, 14 screws (Tele Deluxe style)
Pick-Ups
3 chrome-covered Enforcer humbuckers ('70s-style)
Controls
2 Volume
1 3-way toggle switch in Les Paul position
Tuners
Vintage F-style
Bridge
Strat-style vibrato bridge
2.5.20
189
G.E. Smith Telecaster
Introduced in 1/2007, based on the early '50s Telecaster.
Special features:
Model no.
011-8202 (Artist Series), USA
Neck
Deep U-shape
Fingerboard
'Oval and diamond' inlays (lap-steel-style)
Head
1 round string retainer
Pickguard
1-ply white on 54, 1-ply black on 67
Finish
54, 67 (nitrocellulose)
Bridge
Chromed brass saddles
Short bridge (bridge pick-up is body mounted)
2.5.21
Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster
Introduced in 2/2007 based on a 1961 Custom Telecaster. 250 units produced.
These are exact reproductions of Andy Summers' guitar with all the wear and tear
of years of heavy use.
Special features:
Model no.
015-6600 (Custom Shop Tribute Series), USA
Body
2-piece alder , bound
Neck
MN
Head
2 string retainers
The Fender Reference
190
Telecaster
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo + 'Telecaster', no signature
Pickguard
3-ply mint green, 8 screws
Finish
00
Pick-Ups
1 Seymour Duncan humbucker (Neck),
1 single-coil (Bridge)
Controls
2 Volume
1 3-way toggle switch in Les Paul position
1 2-way phase switch
Bridge
6-saddle brass bridge, strings-through-body design
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The original model
191
3 Jazz Bass
The Jazz Bass was a logical follow-up of the Precision: a deluxe model with two
pick-ups instead of one, the new 'offset waist' contoured body design taken from
the Jazzmaster guitar, more chrome, and a fast, narrow neck. The pick-ups and
bridge were, just as with the Precision, hidden under large chrome covers.
The initial control layout of the Jazz Bass featured a volume and tone control for
each pick-up with two pots sitting on one common axis (the so-called stack knobs).
This design was subsequently changed to one volume control for each pick-up and
a master tone control.
Individual, adjustable rubber mutes for each string were available in the first years
of production, but they were discarded later and replaced by a single strip of rubber
glued to the inside of the bridge chrome cover.
Specifications
Length
46 ¼"
Width
117.75cm 14"
Scale
34"
3.1
86.4cm
Depth
35.56cm
1 3/4"
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 7/16"
7.25"
3.65cm
18.42cm
The original model
General Features:
Introduced
12/1960
Body
Alder
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Slab RW, clay dots
Head
1 round string retainer
Strap button on backside
Decals
Gold Transition logo + small model designation + "Trade mark
Electric Bass" + "Pat. Pend." + "offset contour body"
The Fender Reference
192
Jazz Bass
Pickguard
Tortoise- or 3-ply white, 10 screws
Finger rest with 2 screws
Finish
3-tone sunburst, nitro-cellulose lacquer
Pick-ups
2 single coil PUs, black, w. 8 flat pole-pieces
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, coaxial metal knobs together with jack
socket on metal control plate
Tuners
Kluson double bass machines with tulip-shaped pegs
Bridge
4 nickel-plated threaded saddles, top-loaded
4 individually adjustable metal mutes
Modifications over the years:
1961
"Pat. Pend." wording on headstock dropped
4 Pat. nos. added
3-ply white pickguard for most custom finishes
Early '62
2 V, 1 T black plastic knobs with white marker, tone knob
slightly smaller than Volume (transition from late '61 to 06/'62)
Nut width changed to 1 1/2" = 3,81cm
Mid '62
Curved fingerboard
Mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
Individual mutes replaced by a single rubber strip
1964
"Offset contour body" wording moved to round end of headstock
5 Pat. nos.
Brass strip from pick-up to bridge replaced by hidden wire
Late '64
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard changes to vinyl (black layer much thinner)
2 small divots under each tuner for flush mounting
Mid '65
"F" on neck plate
"Trade mark" wording on headstock slightly bigger
Late 1965 or
early 1966
Bound fingerboard
Fender tuning machines with oval pegs
Mid 1966
Pearloid block markers
Medium jumbo frets
05/'67
Maple fingerboard available
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03/'68
Gold-plated hardware available (until '70)
1968
Fender tuning machines with club-shaped pegs
07/'68
New logo black with golden outline + ® + 4 Pat. nos. + large
model name + "offset contour body patented"
1969
Strap knob on headstock discontinued
Single groove bridge saddles with long G string screw
Early '70
Opt. one-piece MN with black or pearloid block markers and
black or white binding
193
® added to "Fender" logo on tuners
1971
MN with black block markers and black binding standard
Early '72
Bridge PU closer to the bridge
Saddle screw for "G" string same size as the others
1974
Finger rest changes to thumb rest
Maple necks now only with pearl block inlays and white binding
Late 1974
Tilt neck, 3-screw fastening, bullet truss-rod at headstock
1975
3-ply black pickguard 9 screws, sporadically introduced as
early as 1974, standard by 1976 (3-ply white as accessory)
1976
Serial no. on headplate with wording "made in USA"
All additional wording deleted, smaller model designation
Schaller tuners with shorter shaft
1977
Black Strat-style knobs
1979
Blonde finish discontinued
Threshold of the
'80s
More alder bodies again
1980
International Colours introduced (until late 1981), combined
with white 3-ply pickguard and black knobs, switch tip, pickups and pickguard screws
1981
3-ply white pickguard reinstated (3-ply black optional), except
for Natural Finish,
Thumb rest remains black
End of '81
Jewel Colours introduced (until mid 1983)
Body contours deepened
White PUs and knobs, no chrome covers
Tilt-neck discontinued, 4-screw fastening, adjusting rod at
body end, dot markers
The Fender Reference
194
Jazz Bass
Heavier chrome steel bridge plate
06/'83
3.2
Renamed Standard Jazz Bass
Maple or RW slab fingerboard with black or white dots, no
binding
Alder body, deeper contours
Tilt neck with 4-screw fastening, Bi-flex truss rod, adjusting
screw at headstock
Silver logo, serial no., small model designation + "made in
USA"
"Fender" logo on neck-plate
White one-layer pickguard w. 14 screws, knobs and jack
socket on pickguard
Closed tuning machines
Security strap knobs
The Standard models
3.2.1 American Standard Jazz Bass
This is the official name of the standard Jazz Bass from 1989 onwards. It is now
produced at the new Corona factory. The specifications essentially remain the same
as before with merely some of the general features having changed.
Changed Features:
Introduced
1989 (American Standard)
Body
Alder or poplar
Neck
Graphite-reinforced
Fingerboard
RW, 22 medium Jumbo frets
9.5" radius (= 241mm)
Pickguard
3-ply white, 10 screws
Finish
06, 32, 43, 73, 75, 77, 80
Pick-ups
2 American Standard PUs, black, w. 8 flat pole-pieces
Controls
2 Volume, 1Tone, black knobs and jack socket on metal
control plate
Bridge
American Standard top-loading bridge, 3 screws
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Tuners
American Standard
1995
New model no.: 019-2400
Alder body
195
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
20 frets
String-through-body bridge
2 vintage spec single coil pick-ups
Finishes: 06, 15, 28, 32, 80, 87
1996
Finishes: 32, 06, 09, 28, 41, 72
1997
Optional maple fingerboard (019-2402)
Finishes: 02, 05, 06, 09, 24, 32
Late 1997
Finishes: 02, 05, 06, 09, 21, 24, 32
1998
Alder or ash bodies
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 21 (ash), 24, 74, 93
7/1999
Finishes: 00, 01 (ash), 05, 06, 21 (ash), 24, 74, 93
American Standard Jazz Bass Fretless 019-2408 introduced
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 93; alder body only
2001
Renamed American Series Jazz Bass
Model nos. change to 019-3400/2, 019-3408 (Fretless), 0193500 (5 string)
3-ply parchment pickguard
Finishes: 00, 01 (ash), 05, 06, 21 (ash), 24, 74
(Fretless: 00, 05, 06 only)
7/2003
Model nos. change to 019-3460/2, 019-3468 (Fretless), 0193560 (5 string)
S-1 push-push knob (series / parallel)
Finishes: 00, 06, 22 (ash), 25, 50, 91 (Fretless: 00, 06 only,
5-string: 00, 06, 25, 91 only)
Pickguard: 3-ply Parchment (00, 22), 1-ply Black (50), 3-ply
Black (06, 25, 91)
Minor Variants
American Standard Jazz Bass V
1995 -
Model no. 019-2500
Special features:
Pau Ferro fingerboard
The Fender Reference
196
Jazz Bass
Neck width at nut 1.875 (47.6mm)
5-saddle bridge
3.2.2 Standard Jazz Bass
This bass was first built in Japan from 1985 to 1991, then production was moved to
Mexico. It is based on the American Standard Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
013-6500, (Standard series) Mexico
Body
Poplar
Fingerboard
RW, 7.25" radius (184mm)
Decal
Silver logo, serial no. on headstock
Finish
02, 06, 25, 32, 80
Controls
Black Strat-style knobs
Minor Variants
Standard Jazz Bass Fretless
1995 -
Model no. 013-6508
Special features:
Basswood body
Finishes: 06, 80
Standard Jazz Bass V
1998 -
Model no. 013-6600
Special features:
Pau Ferro fingerboard (9.5" radius/241 mm),
Width at nut: 1.875” (47.6 mm)
2 Standard 5-String Jazz Bass single-coil Pickups
Gotoh Cast/Sealed “Mini” Tuners
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197
Modifications over the years:
1998
LH 013-6520 introduced
Poplar bodies for all variants
Finishes: 06, 32, 73, 75, 80
7/2001
New model no.: 013-6200 (Fretless = 013-6208, LH = 0136220)
Alder body
Neck radius 9.5" (241 mm)
2 "New" Standard Jazz Bass single-coil Pickups
Mid-'70s style knobs
Finishes for all versions: 06, 19, 29, 32, 75, 80
1/2006
Finishes for all versions: 06, 25, 32, 75, 80, 87
3.2.3 Squier Series Standard Jazz Bass
Produced from 1994 - 1997 in Mexico, this bass is based on the Mexican Standard
Jazz Bass but uses cheaper components in general. The name was changed to Traditional Jazz Bass in 1996.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-3500, Mexico
Body
Poplar
Decal
Thick black logo, small "Squier Series" logo
Pickguard
Large '83-style covering the control area, 14 screws
Controls
White Strat-style knobs
Finish
06, 58, 80
3.2.4 Foto Flame '60s Jazz Bass
1994 - 1996, based on the standard Jazz Bass of around 1964.
Special features:
Model no.
025-1300, Japan
Body
Alder, 60's-style, with Foto Flame finished basswood cap
Neck
Natural Foto Flame Finish,
The Fender Reference
Jazz Bass
198
Fingerboard
RW
Pickguard
Pearloid-black-white
Finish
00, 21, 31, 34
Tuners
70s-style
3.3
Upgrades and other Variants
3.3.1 Gold Jazz Bass
Produced from late 1981 to mid 1983, based on the standard Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Body
Ash, deep contours
Neck
One-piece MN only
Black dot markers and white binding
4-bolt fastening
Head
Square string retainer
Pickguard
3-ply white, 10 screws
Finish
Aztec Gold
Pick ups
White, no chrome covers
Controls
White Strat-style knobs
Bridge
Heavy brass
Serial no.
"CB" + 5 digits on head plate
Specials
22k gold-plated hardware
Inconsistencies abound in this model as the following three examples demonstrate.
The features of these basses differ from those listed in the table as follows:
1.
(in The Fender Bass book by Klaus Blasquiz):
a.
Tilt-neck (3 screws) and bullet truss rod
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2.
3.
b.
Pearloid dots on maple neck, white binding
c.
Golden thumb rest, 2 screws
199
(in a local store):
a.
Bound RW fingerboard with pearloid dot markers and white
binding
b.
Tilt-neck (3 bolts) with bullet truss rod, skunk stripe
(in a local store):
a.
Bound RW fingerboard with pearloid dot markers and white
binding
b.
Tilt-neck (3 bolts) with bullet truss rod, skunk stripe
c.
All black trim (pickguard, PUs, knobs)
d.
Serial no. "S" + 6 digits
3.3.2 Contemporary Jazz Bass (aka P-J Bass)
1985 to 1991.
Special features:
Model no.
027-9000, Japan
Body
Ash
Neck
Black
Carbon-graphite nut
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
Head
Painted black
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
1 P-style split pick-up
1 J-style pick-up
Controls and
circuit
1 Volume, 1 Tone, 1 Frequency Sweep
3-way selector switch, on/off switch
Active circuit
Jack socket mounted in edge of the body
The Fender Reference
200
Jazz Bass
Specials
Black hardware
Variant:
027-6400
20 frets
2 Volume, 1 Tone controls
3-way selector switch
3.3.3 Power Jazz Bass Special
1988 to 1991, based on the Standard Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Body
Basswood
Neck
Triple laminated maple / rosewood / graphite
Graphite nut
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
1 P-style split pick-up
1 J-style pick-up
Active electronics
Specials
Black hardware
Jazz Bass Plus
1990 – 1994..
Special features:
Model no.
019-8400/2, USA
Body
Alder
Neck
22 frets
Finish
06, 15, 21, 32, 47, 73, 75, 77, 80, 90, 91
Wiring
2 J-style Fender-Lace Sensors
Controls
Volume / Pan, concentric Treble / Bass, active electronics
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Minor Variant
Jazz Bass Plus V
1990 - 1994
Model no. 019-8500/2
3.3.4 Jazz Bass Deluxe
Introduced in 1995
Special features:
Model no.
019-4400, (American Deluxe series) USA
Body
Downsized, alder with ash-veneered top and back
Neck
Graphite-reinforced maple
Truss rod adjuster at body end
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
Pickguard
Pearloid-black-white, 9 screws
Finish
06, 07, 28, 36, 37, 80
Pick-ups
2 Special design pick-ups(4-pole pieces)
Controls
1 Volume, 3-band active EQ, 1 pan pot, black knobs
Bridge
Deluxe string-through-body/top-loading
Tuners
Deluxe
Modifications over the years:
1997
Finishes: 06, 28, 36, 37, 44, 45
Maple neck option introduced 019-4402
1998
Renamed American Deluxe Jazz Bass 019-5400/2
Alder (finishes 00, 06, 38) or ash (finishes 01, 48, 94) body
without veneer
7/1999
New model no.: 019-5800/2
Finishes: alder body: 00, 06, 38; ash body: 01, 21, 48, 94
Pickups: 2 Special Noiseless single coils
2000
Finish 94 deleted
2002
New model no.: 019-5860/2
The Fender Reference
201
202
Jazz Bass
Finishes: alder body: 00, 06, 25, 82; ash body: 31, 48
5-Bolt neck fastening with contoured heel
Pickups: 2 dual-coil ceramic Noiseless PUs
Pickguard: 4-ply shell (00) or 3-ply Mint Green
1/2004
New model no.: 019-4460/2
Alder body only
Pickups: 2 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless PUs
Finishes and Pickguards: 00 - 3-ply Mint Green
20 - 4-ply brown shell
64 - 1-ply bevelled gold vinyl
82 - 4-ply aged white pearloid
Minor Variants:
Jazz Bass Deluxe V
1995 -
Model no. 019-4500
Special features: RW
Width at nut 1.875" (47.6 mm)
1997
Finishes: 06, 28, 36, 37, 44, 45
1998
Renamed American Deluxe Jazz Bass V 019-5500/2
Alder (finishes 00, 06, 38) or ash (finishes 01, 48, 94) body
without veneer
RW or maple fingerboard
7/1999
New model no.: 019-5900/2
Finishes: alder body: 00, 06, 38; ash body: 01, 21, 48, 94
Maple or Pau Ferro fingerboard
Pickups: 2 Special Noiseless single coils
2000
Finish 94 deleted
2002
New model no.: 019-5960/2
Finishes: alder body: 00, 06, 25, 82; ash body: 31, 48
5-bolt neck fastening with contoured heel
Pickups: 2 dual-coil ceramic Noiseless PUs
Pickguard: 4-ply shell (00) or 3-ply mint green
1/2004
New model no.: 019-4660/2
Alder body only
Pickups: 2 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless PUs
Finishes and Pickguards: 00 - 3-ply mint green
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20 - 4-ply brown shell
64 - 1-ply bevelled gold vinyl
82 - 4-ply aged white pearloid
Jazz Bass Deluxe Fretless
1997 - 2001
Model no. 019-4408
Special features: RW only;
Finishes: 06, 37, 44, 45
1998
Renamed American Deluxe Jazz Bass Fretless 019-5408
Alder (finishes 00, 06, 38) or ash (finishes 01, 48, 94) body
without veneer
7/1999
New model no.: 019-5808
Finishes for both models: alder body: 00, 06, 38; ash body:
01,
Pickups: 2 Special Noiseless single coils
After 2001
Discontinued
1/2005
Reintroduced 019-4668
Finishes: 700 (3-ply mint green pickguard),
764 (1-ply bevelled gold vinyl pickguard)
American Deluxe Jazz Bass LH
2000 - 2001
Model no. 019-5820
Special features: RW only;
Finish: 00, 01, 06, 21, 38
1/2005
Reintroduced 019-4490
Finishes: 700 (3-ply mint green pickguard),
764 (1-ply bevelled gold vinyl pickguard)
American Deluxe Jazz Bass FMT and FMT V
2002 -
Model no. 019-5870/2 and 019-5970/2
Special features:
Alder body with figured maple top
Finishes: 20, 31, 38, 52
The Fender Reference
203
204
Jazz Bass
Gold-plated hardware, no pickguard
1/2004
Range of options extended to include:
FMT version 019-4470/2, FMT V version 019-4670
QMT version 019-4480/2, QMT V version 019-4680
Alder bodies with Flame Maple and Quilt Maple tops respectively
Finishes: 20, 52, 61
American Deluxe Jazz Bass Ash and Ash V
1/2004
Model no. 019-4560/2 and 019-4760/2
Special features:
Ash body
Fingerboards: maple or rosewood (maple or Pau Ferro for V)
Finishes: 31 (4-ply white pearloid)
50 (3-ply black)
52 (3-ply mint green)
Gold-plated hardware, no pickguard
3.3.5 American Classic Jazz Bass
1995 - 1996, this was the Custom Shop's version of the American Deluxe Jazz
Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
019-7200/2, (Custom Classic series) USA
Body
Downsized light ash body
Neck
Graphite-reinforced maple
Truss rod adjuster at body end
Fingerboard
RW or maple
White shell block inlays, white binding
Pickguard
Laminated brown shell
Finish
00, 21
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American Classic Jazz Bass FMT
1995 - 1996
Model no. 019-7270/2
American Classic Jazz Bass FMT V
1995 - 1996
Model no. 019-7370/2
3.3.6 Deluxe Active Jazz Bass
Introduced in 1998, based on the Standard Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
013-6700 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Body
Contoured poplar
Neck
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, dot markers
Head
Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
4-ply brown shell
Finish
06, 09, 32, 80
Wiring
2 American Deluxe J Bass PUs
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Treble boost/cut, 1 Mid boost/cut, 1 Bass
boost/cut, 1 pan pot, black knobs
Modifications over the years:
2002
Alder body
Medium Jumbo frets
7/2004
New model no.: 013-6760
2 Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless Jazz Bass Pickups
Finishes: 06, 09, 32, 41
The Fender Reference
205
206
Jazz Bass
3.3.7 Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V
Introduced in 1998, based on the Deluxe Active Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
013-6800 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Neck
Pau Ferro fingerboard
Head
1 large string retainer
Bridge
Standard 5-string bridge
Tuners
Mini
Modifications over the years:
2002
Alder body
Medium Jumbo frets
7/2004
New model no.: 013-6860
2 Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless 5-String Jazz Bass Pickups
Finishes: 06, 09, 32, 41
3.3.8 Custom Classic Jazz Bass
Introduced in 1/2001, based on the American Deluxe Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
015-7400/2 (Custom Classic series), USA
Neck
5-Bolt neck fastening , contoured heel
Fingerboard
RW or maple, 9.5" radius/241 mm
21 Medium jumbo frets
White shell block inlays, no binding
Pickguard and
Finish
Alder body:
4-ply tortoise shell: 00, 05, 06
4-ply white pearloid shell: 83
Ash body:
4-ply tortoise shell: 31
4-ply white pearloid shell: 39, 61, 62
Pickups
2 Custom Noiseless
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Controls
Master Volume, Pickup Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ
Bridge
Strings-through-body or top-load with
Chrome-plated brass saddles
Tuners
Schaller Deluxe Lightweight
Minor Variants
Custom Classic Jazz Bass V
1995 - 1996
Model no. 015-7500/2
Special features:
Pau Ferro or maple fingerboard
2 string retainers
3.3.9 Highway 1 Jazz Bass
Introduced 1/2003, based on the American Series Jazz Bass.
Differing features:
Model no.
011-1400 (Highway 1 series), USA
Body
Alder
Neck
No graphite reinforcement
Fingerboard
RW only
Pickguard
3-ply White
Finish
(Satin Lacquer Finish)
00, 04, 38, 67
Pickups
2 Vintage pickups
Bridge
Standard Vintage-style
Modifications over the years:
7/2006
New model no.: 011-1460
Finishes: 00, 04, 06, 67, 75
Headstock: Late ‘70s-style TV logo
Pickguard: 3-ply Parchment
Bridge: BADASS II with Grooved Saddles
The Fender Reference
207
208
Jazz Bass
3.3.10
Aerodyne Jazz Bass
Introduced in January 2003, based on the Standard Jazz Bass. The Aerodyne Jazz
Bass has a combination of J and P style pick-ups and rear-routed, top-mounted
controls.
Special features:
Model no.
025-4500 (Deluxe Series), Japan
Body
Basswood (carved top)
Cream binding on top
Fingerboard
RW (stained), side dot markers only
7.25" radius (184mm)
Decal
Silver Applique Logo, spaghetti-style + ® + 'Jazz Bass' + ® +
'Aerodyne J Bass'
Pickguard
none
Finish
06 with matching headstock
Pick-Ups
1 P-style, 1 J-style
Controls
2 Volume, 1 Tone; Smoked chrome skirted control Knobs
Specials
Smoked chrome bridge and tuners
Modifications over the years:
1/2005
New model no.: 025-4505
Black top-mounted Strat jack ferrule
3.3.11
60th Anniversary Jazz Bass
2006 only, based on the American Series Jazz Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
011-6300 (American Series), USA
Head
Jewel-inlaid 60th Anniversary emblem
Pickguard
4-ply parchment
Finishes
00
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Pickups
209
2 Vintage Pickups
Parchment housings
Controls
Parchment knobs
S-1 switching
Bridge
Fishman Power Bridge
Specials
Stamped 60th Anniversary Neck Plate,
3.3.12
Power Jazz Bass
Introduced in 1/2006, based on the Deluxe Jazz Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-6400 (Deluxe Series), Mexico
Decal
Gold Transition logo, pre '64-style
Pickguard
4-ply Brown shell
Finishes
03, 06, 67
Pickups
2 Vintage Pickups
4 In-the-saddle Piezo pickups
Controls
2 Volume, 1 Tone,
Stacked Knob Piezo Pickup Volume and Tone
Bridge
Fishman Power Bridge
3.3.13
Jazz Bass 24
Introduced in July 2005, based on the Deluxe Jazz Bass. To compensate for the 24
frets, the body was slightly re-shaped.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-4500 (Deluxe Series), Korea
Body
Alder, quilt-maple top
Neck
5-bolt fastening, contoured heel
Adjusting rod at headstock
The Fender Reference
210
Jazz Bass
Fingerboard
RW, 24 medium jumbo frets, dot markers
Head
Light spaghetti-style logo + model name
Pickguard
none
Finishes
30, 52 (polyurethane)
Pickups
2 Seymour Duncan single-coils
Controls
1 Volume, 1 pan, 3-band EQ; metal knobs
Active circuitry
Switching
1 mini switch (active on/off)
Tuners
Hipshot-licensed tapered-shaft tuners
Bridge
Massive top-loading bridge
3.3.14
Jazz Bass 24 V
Introduced in 1/2007, based on the Jazz Bass 24.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-1000 (Deluxe Series), Korea
Neck
Width at nut = 1.875" (47.6 cm)
Finishes
52 (polyurethane)
3.4
Reissue Models
3.4.1 Vintage '62 Jazz Bass
Produced from 1982 - 1985, and from 1986 until today. The '62 Jazz Bass is in fact
a replica of the instrument built in 1961, before the two patent numbers appeared
on the headstock. The first units produced (or maybe even the prototypes only) had
the modern tuners installed, but this issue was corrected later.
Special Features:
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Model no.
019-0209
Finish
00, 02, 06, 09, 40, 41
Pickguard
Laminated tortoise (aged white on Lake Placid Blue)
Tuners
Gotoh Vintage-style tuners
211
Finish variations over the years:
1995
00, 06, 41
1999
00, 05, 06, 40
2001
00, 05, 06, 24, 54, 83
2003
00, 05, 06,
4-ply brown shell pickguard with all finishes
3.3.2 '60s Jazz Bass
Produced in Japan, this model was based on the 1963 Jazz Bass. From 1982 to
1983, it was known in the UK as the Squier Series '62 Jazz Bass. From 1983 to
1985 it was sold under the actual Squier brand. Afterwards it was re-introduced
under the Fender brand and built until 1994. In 2001 it was re-introduced and is
now built in Mexico.
Differing features:
Body
Basswood
Differing features in the reintroduced Mexican model:
Model no.
013-1800 (Classic Series), Mexico
Body
Alder
Neck
Slab rosewood fingerboard
Finish
00, 05, 06
The Fender Reference
212
Jazz Bass
3.3.3 '75 Jazz Bass
Built from 1992 to 1999 in Japan, and from 7/1999 onwards in the USA. The instrument is based on the standard Jazz Bass of around 1975, but several features
are not period-consistent. So originally the headstock decal with serial number did
not appear before 1976, while the bridge pick-up is in the early '70s position.
Special features:
Model no.
027-3500/2 (Classic Series), Japan
Neck
3 screw-fastening, micro-tilt neck
Bullet Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
MN or RW, white binding and pearloid block markers
Pickguard
3-ply white, 10 + 1 screws
Finish
00, 21
Pick-Ups
Bridge Pick-up has pre early-'70s position
Differing features in USA model:
Model no.
019-0300/2 (American Vintage Series), USA
Fingerboard
RW with white binding and pearloid block markers or MN with
black binding and black block markers (originally pre-1973 )
Pickguard
3-ply black on MN, 3-ply white on RW
Finish
00, 06, 21
Finish variations over the years:
2003
Finish: 00, 21
2004
Finish: 21
3.3.4 Relic '60s Jazz Bass
Introduced in 1995, based on the 1963 Jazz Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-6300, (Custom Shop) USA
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00
Specials
No individual string mutes
213
In January 1999, when the Relic concept was broadened, the model received a new
name and three finish variants were offered in the newly created Time Machine
series.
'64 Jazz Bass
NOS
Model no. 015-1300
Finishes: 00,05
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-1400
Finishes: 00,05
Relic
Model no. 015-1500
Finishes: 00,05
3.3.5 '62 Jazz Bass LH
1996 to 1997 produced by the Custom Shop; based on the standard Jazz Bass of
1961.
Special features:
Model no.
019-6120, USA
Finish
05, 06
3.4
Artist Models
3.3.2 The Ventures Lim. Ed. Jazz Bass
Produced in 1996 only, this first signature Jazz Bass model was not based on the
standard Jazz Bass of any particular year, but rather sported a mixture of features.
The Fender Reference
214
Jazz Bass
Special features:
Model no.
025-8300, Japan
Body
Light ash
Neck
3 screw-fastening, micro-tilt neck
Bullet truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
Bound RW (7.25" radius), pearloid block inlays
Head
Black-face, 1 square string retainer
Decal
Gold Transition logo, Gold foil "The Ventures" logo
Pickguard
Pearloid-black-white, 13 + 1 screws
Finish
Midnight Black Transparent
Controls
2 Volume, 1 Tone, black knobs on pickguard
Bridge
Vintage-style
Tuners
Vintage-style
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
3.3.3 Noel Redding Lim. Ed. Jazz Bass
Produced in 1997 only, based on the 1964 standard Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
025-8600 (Limited Edition series), Japan
Body
Alder
Decal
Gold Transition logo, signature
Finish
00
3.3.4 Marcus Miller Jazz Bass
Introduced in 1998, based on the mid '70s standard Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
025-7802 (Artist series), Japan
Body
Ash
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215
MN only,
7.25” Radius (184 mm)
20 Medium jumbo frets
Decal
1976-style logo without serial no; signature
Pickguard
Oversized 3-ply black, 10 + 1 screws
Finish
00, 05, 21
Pick-Ups
2 US vintage single-coil PUs
Controls
2 Volume, metal knobs
2 Tone, black knobs (2-band active EQ)
Bypass switch
Bridge
Badass II
Tuners
Vintage reverse tuners
Variant:
Marcus Miller Jazz Bass V
Introduced in 1/2003, based on the Marcus Miller Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
019-7802, (Artist series) USA
Neck
5-Bolt Neck Plate, contoured heel, adjusting rod at body end
Maple fingerboard
Width at nut 1.825 (47.6 mm)
Tuners
Hipshot Ultra-Light tuners
Finish
00, 06, 34, 41, 44
Bridge
Strings-through-body or top-loading
3.3.5 Geddy Lee Jazz Bass
Produced in 1998 and from 2001 on, based on the 1972 standard Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
025-7702, (Artist series) Japan
Body
Alder
The Fender Reference
216
Jazz Bass
Neck
MN only
Black binding and black block markers
Thin C-shape, 20 Medium jumbo frets
Finish
06
Pick-Ups
2 vintage single-coil PUs
Bridge
Badass II
Tuners
'70s Open-Gear
3.3.6 Jaco Pastorius Tribute Jazz Bass
Introduced in 1/1999, based on the 1964 standard Jazz Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-6108 (Custom Artist series), USA
Body
Select alder
Fingerboard
Fretless RW, Epoxy coated
20 fret lines and dot markers
Pickguard
none
Finish
00
Controls
3 metal knobs
Specials
Relic finish
Minor Variants:
Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass
7/1999 to 2002, based on the Jaco Pastorius Tribute Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
019-6200, (Artist series) USA
Fingerboard
20 frets
Specials
No relic finish
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Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass Fretless
Introduced in July 1999, based on the Jaco Pastorius Tribute Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
019-6208, (Artist series) USA
Specials
No relic finish
Modifications over the years:
1/2002
Pau Ferro fingerboard
3.3.7 Victor Bailey Jazz Bass
Introduced in July 2001.
Special features:
Model no.
019-6800, (Artist series) USA
Body
Koa and rosewood over mahogany
Fingerboard
RW (9.5" radius/241 mm)
22 Medium Jumbo frets
Head
Tinted Koa overlay
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name in thin lettering
Pickguard
none
Finish
21
Pickups
2 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Pickups
Controls
Master Volume, Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ
Tuners
Deluxe Lightweight
Bridge
Gold-plated (strings-through-body or top loading)
Specials
5 Countersunk Neck Bolts,
Carved Asymmetrical Heel
Minor Variants
Victor Bailey Jazz Bass V
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218
Jazz Bass
1/2006
Model no. 019-6600
Specials
Pau Ferro fingerboard
Width at nut 1.875” (47.6 mm)
Victor Bailey Jazz Bass Fretless
7/2005
Model no. 019-6808
Specials
Rosewood fingerboard with inlaid white fret line markers
3.3.8 Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass
Introduced in January 2002, based on the Standard Jazz Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
013-8300, (Artist series) Mexico
Body
Alder
Neck
Precision Bass Neck, modern C-shape
'Mark Hoppus' engraved on neckplate
Fingerboard
RW (9.5" radius)
20 Medium jumbo frets
Decal
Silver logo + ® + serial no. + 'Precision Bass' + ® + 'Made in
Mexico'
Pickguard
4-ply white pearloid 1983-style pickguard covering control
plate area
Finishes
04, 56, 57
Wiring
1 SD Basslines SPB-3 Quarter Pound Split-Coil
Controls
1 Volume (metal knob)
Bridge
String-through-body design
Modifications over the years:
1/2004
4-ply white pearloid on 04, 57
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3-ply Black on 05, 06
3.3.9 Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass
1/2002 – 2005.
Special Features:
Model no.
015-8400, (Artist series) USA
Body
Select alder
Neck
5-bolt neck plate, sculpted heel
Fingerboard
RW, block markers, no binding
9.5" radius (241 mm), 21 vintage frets
Pickguard and
Finish
4-ply tortoise shell: 00, 09
4-ply white pearloid: 06
4-ply Black Pearloid: 50
Pickups
1 American Series Precision Bass Pickup
1 Custom Noiseless Jazz Bass Pickup
Controls
Master Volume, Pickup Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ / Passive
Tone Control
1 Push button active/passive
Bridge
Strings-through-body or top-load
Tuners
70s stamped open tuners
Minor Variants
Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass V
Model no. 015-8500
Specials
Pau Ferro fingerboard, 12" radius (305 mm)
Fender/Schaller Ultra Lite tuners
Modifications over the years:
1/2003
Pickguards and finishes:
4-ply tortoise shell with 00, 09;
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Jazz Bass
4-ply White pearl with 06;
4-ply Black pearl with 50
Hipshot drop D tuner (drop A for V)
2005
Pickguards and finishes:
4-ply tortoise shell with 00
4-ply Black pearl with 06
3.3.10
Reggie Hamilton Standard Jazz Bass
Introduced in July 2005, based on the Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-8700, (Artist series) Mexico
Neck
4-bolt neck plate
Fingerboard
Fretless RW, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
20 vintage frets
Pickguard and
finish
4-ply tortoise shell with 00
Bridge
American Vintage Jazz Bass
3.3.11
3-ply Black with 06
Frank Bello Signature Bass
Introduced in October 2005, based on the Standard Jazz Bass. This is really a
combination of a Jazz Bass body, a Precision Bass neck and one pick-up of each of
them. The body binding tapers off at the front contour
Special Features:
Model no.
013-0095 (Artist series), USA
Body
Alder, bound
Neck
Width at nut 1.625” (41.2 mm)
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW, 9.5" (241 mm)
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Decal
Black logo with silver outline + ® + 'Bass'
Pickguard
None
Finish
06 with matching headstock
Pick-ups
1 split-coil
1 J Bass (bridge)
Controls
2 Volume; Tele-style metal knobs
Jack socket in body edge
Tuners
Schaller Deluxe Lite-Bass
Bridge
Badass III
Specials
Frank Bello caricature on back of headstock
Frank Bello signature neckplate
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Precision Bass
The Precision Bass is the most important, most influential and most popular electric bass in history. It was, moreover, the first commercially successful electric
bass at all. When it was introduced in 1951, it was an entirely new type of instrument. Up to then, bassists had to cope with the bulky double bass which was difficult to transport and wasn't up to the sound requirements of modern orchestras and
bands.
Without exaggeration, the Precision Bass can be called the archetype of the electric
bass. It is – just like the Telecaster – at the same time simple and ingenious. With
one pick-up, one volume and one tone control, the circuit couldn't be more straightforward. Yet, the sound of this instrument was and still is something like a trademark, and it has helped shape the sound of all kinds of modern music.
Specifications
Length
45 5/8"
Width
115.89cm 13"
Scale
34"
4.1
Depth
86.4cm
33cm
1 3/4"
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 ¾"
7.25"
4.45cm
18.42cm
The original model
General Features:
Introduced
10-11/1951
Body
Ash, slab
Neck
Thick C-shape
Adjusting rod at body end
Head
Small, Telecaster-style, 1 round string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
Black Bakelite clear coated with lacquer, 7 or 8 screws
Wooden finger rest with 1 screw
The Fender Reference
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Precision Bass
Finish
Blonde; nitro-cellulose lacquer
Pick-ups
1 single coil PU, naked, w. flat pole-pieces, Black bobbin
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone; dome speed metal knobs on metal control
plate
Side-mounted jack socket
Bridge
2 hard rubber saddles
String-through-body design
Tuners
Kluson double bass
Serial no.
on bridge plate
Specials
Chrome covers over pick-up and bridge
Modifications over the years:
Early 1954
Contoured body (slab bodies appear through '56, with a few
in '57)
1954
2-tone sunburst finish
White pickguard (bakelite) w. 7 screws gradually introduced
Nickel-plated steel bridge saddles
Chrome covers fastened with Phillips screws as opposed to
slot-head screws
late '54
Serial no. on neck plate
PU with balanced pole-pieces
1956
Alder for bodies finished in sunburst
Early 1957
Flat top metal knobs
Finger rest now with 2 screws
Mid to late '57
1 split coil PU, black, with staggered pole-pieces
Streamlined gold-anodized pickguard w. 10 screws
1 V, 1 T control knobs and jack socket on pickguard
4 threaded bridge sections, strings loaded from top
Enlarged headstock, total length of bass now 45 3/4"
Slot-head screws for tuners replaced by Phillips screws
Early '58
Blended 3-tone sunburst introduced
Custom colours at factory level: Blonde, Black, Fiesta Red,
Shoreline Gold, Lake Placid Blue
1959
Slab rosewood fingerboard, clay dots
Deeper grooved threaded saddles
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"A" string magnet on PU shortened
Late '59
Tortoise or 3-ply white pickguard w. 13 screws
1960
3-tone sunburst with clearly defined separation between colours
Strap button at headstock added
Around 1960 1961
Second screw up from jack socket moves to a position opposite the volume knob
1961
2 Pat. nos. added on headstock
3-ply white pickguard for most custom finishes
07/'62
Curved fingerboard
Late '62
4 Pat. nos. on headstock
Mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
06/'64
Silver Transition logo with 4 Pat. nos.
Tuner main plate punched rather than drilled
Late '64
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
5 Pat. nos. added on headstock
2 small divots under each tuner for flush mounting
02/'65
Pearloid side dots on fingerboard
Pickguard changes to plastic
mid '65
"F" on neck plate
1966
Fender tuning machines with club-shaped pegs (very few oval
pegs); pegs no longer pinned to shaft
1967
Opt. maple fingerboard
03/'68
Gold-plated hardware available (until '70)
06/'68
New logo black with golden outline, with circled "R", 4 Pat.
Nos.
1969
Strap knob on headstock discontinued
PU with flat pole-pieces?
Single groove bridge saddles with long "G" string screw
1970
Opt. one-piece MN
"Thick skin" finish advertised
Natural finish introduced
04/'70
1 1/2" neck width available (until 09/'80)
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Precision Bass
01/'71
Fretless fingerboard available
early '70s
® added to "Fender" logo on tuners
1972
1 5/8" neck width now standard
Saddle screw for "G" string same size as the others
1974
Finger rest changes to thumb rest, 2 screws
1975
3-ply black pickguard, 3-ply white as accessory
1976
Schaller tuners with shorter shaft
Serial no. on headplate with wording "made in USA", smaller
model designation, PAT nos. dropped
1977 - 1979
Optional Antigua finish with matching pickguard
Threshold of the
'80s
More alder bodies again
1980
International Colours introduced (until late 1981), combined
with white 3-ply pickguard and black pickguard screws
1981
3-ply white pickguard reinstated (except for Natural finish; 3ply black optional), thumb rest remains black
End of '81
Jewel Colours introduced (until mid 1983)
Deeper body contours
White PU; chrome covers and thumb rest deleted
06/'83
Regular model now called Standard Precision Bass
Alder body, contours like early '60s
Tilt neck with 4-screw fastening, Bi-flex truss rod, adjusting
screw at headstock
MN, fingerboard radius 12" (305mm)
Jumbo frets (W/B): 2.8 x 0.9
Neck width saddle: 1 3/4"
Silver logo, small model designation
"Fender" logo on neck-plate
1-ply white pickguard w. 14 screws + 1
Finishes: Black, Ivory, Sienna sunburst, Brown sunburst
Closed tuning machines
Schaller security strap buttons
01/'84
RW (slab) fingerboard reintroduced as option, white dots
markers
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4.2.1 American Standard Precision Bass
This is the official name of the standard Precision Bass from 1989 onwards. It is
now produced at the new Corona factory. The specifications essentially remain the
same as before with merely some of the general features having changed.
General Features:
Introduced
1989
Series
American Standard series
Model no.
019-2200; Fretless 019-2208; LH 019-2220
Body
Alder
Neck
Graphite-reinforced
Adjusting rod at body end
Fretboard
RW
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
3-ply white, 13 screws
Finish
32, 06, 09, 28, 41, 72 Fretless and LH versions: 06, 09, 32,
41
Pick-ups
1 Vintage '62 split-coil, black
Bridge
American Standard top-loading bridge
Modifications over the years:
1995
String-through-body bridge
Finishes: 06, 15, 28, 32, 80, 87; Fretless: 06, 15, 32, 80; LH:
06, 15, 32, 80
1996
Finishes: Black 06, 09, 28, 32, 41, 72 ; Fretless and LH: 06,
09, 32, 41
1997
Optional MN (019-2202)
Finishes: 02, 05, 06, 09, 24, 32
late 1997
Optional Natural (21) finish introduced (not for Fretless and
LH)
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Precision Bass
1998
Fretless version discontinued
1999
LH version discontinued
2001
Renamed American Series Precision Bass
019-3200/2
Relevant changes:
Ash or alder body
Medium Jumbo frets
3-ply parchment pickguard
Finishes: Alder body: 00, 05, 06, 24, 74; Ash body: 01, 21
2002
Finishes: Alder: 00, 06, 15, 74, Ash: 01, 21
2003
Finishes: Alder: 00, 06, 25, 51; Ash: 03, 22
2004
S-1 switch introduced
New model no.: 019-3260/2
Finishes: Alder: 00, 06, 25 , 50 (maple neck only), 91; Ash:
22
Pickguard: 1-ply black (50), 3-ply black (25,91), 3-ply parchment (00,06,22)
1/2005
LH re-introduced 019-3290
RW fingerboard only, S-1 switch
Finish: 00, 06
4.2.2 Standard Precision Bass
This bass was first built in Japan from 1985 to 1991, then production was moved to
Mexico. It is based on the American Standard Precision Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
013-6000, (Standard series) Mexico
Body
Poplar
Neck
Width at nut 1.625" (41.3 mm)
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW, radius 7.25" (184mm)
Decal
Silver logo, serial no. on headstock
Finish
02, 06, 25, 32, 80
Controls
White Strat-style knobs
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Modifications over the years
1998
06, 32, 73, 75, 80
7/2001
New model no.: 013-6100
Alder body
RW fingerboard (9.5" radius/241 mm)
Adjusting rod at headstock
Knurled chrome knobs
Finishes: 06, 29, 32, 73, 75, 80
2003
Finishes: 06, 19, 29, 32, 75, 80
1/2006
Finishes: 06, 25, 32, 75, 80, 87
4.2.3 Squier Series Standard Precision Bass
Produced from 1994 - 1997 in Mexico, this bass is based on the Mexican Standard
Precision Bass but uses cheaper components in general. The name was changed to
Traditional Precision Bass in 1996.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-3400, Mexico
Body
Poplar
Fingerboard
RW only, 9.5" radius (= 241mm)
Decal
Thick black logo, small "Squier Series" logo
Pickguard
Large '83-style covering the control area, 14 screws
Controls
White Strat-style knobs
Finish
06, 58, 80
4.2.4 Foto Flame '60s Precision Bass
1994 - 1996, based on the standard Precision Bass of around 1964.
Special features:
Model no.
025-1200, Japan
Body
Alder, 60's-style
with Foto Flame finished basswood cap
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Neck
Natural Foto Flame Finish
Fingerboard
RW
Pickguard
Pearloid-black-white
Finish
00, 21, 31, 34
Tuners
70s-style
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4.3.1 Slab Body Precision Bass
This variant was produced in very small numbers in 1966, and exclusively for
export to the UK. It might have been a kind of experiment, since the total number
of produced units is estimated to be no more than 30 – 35.
Special features:
Body
Ash slab body (like 1951 models)
Fingerboard
Maple fingerboard with black dots (later specimen had some
rosewood fretboards)
Pickguard
3-ply black, 13 screws (thicker than '70s b-w-b!); some with 3ply tortoise pickguards
Finish
Olympic White, Blond
4.3.2 Precision Bass Special
The Precision Special was The Strat's bass cousin, and the first time an upgraded
bass model was built by Fender. Production ran from June 1980 to mid 1983.
Special features:
Body
Ash, deep contours
Fingerboard
RW or MN w. pearloid/black dots
Nut width 1.625"
Head
1 square string retainer
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Decal
Gold logo + ® + 'Precision Special' + serial no. + "Made in
USA"
Pickguard
3-ply white, 12 screws
Gold-plated metal thumb rest w. 2 screws
Finish
Candy Apple Red, Lake Placid Blue with matching headstock
Arctic White added 06/'81
Pick-ups
White PU w. flat pole-pieces
1 volume, 2 tone gold-plated flat-top metal knobs (active circuit)
2-way switch (circuit on/off)
Bridge
Heavy gold-plated brass bridge, 4 saddles
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
Serial no.
"CB" or "CE" + 5 digits on headstock
4.3.3 Walnut Precision Bass Special
Similar to the Precision Special, this model was upgraded yet one step further.
Produced from 1981 to 1983.
Special features:
Body
Walnut
Neck
One-piece walnut w. pearloid dots
Pickguard
3-ply black
Finish
Natural walnut
Pick-ups
Black PU
serial no.
"CD", "CO" or "GO" + 5 digits on headstock
4.3.4 Elite Precision Bass
When it was introduced in May 1983, this high end version of the old Precision
seemed like an attempt to build the ultimate bass. The new instrument had active
circuitry – a battery-powered pre-amp to boost the signal and widen the tonal range
– which was very popular at the time. There was even a two-pickup version bound
to make the Jazz Bass redundant, a notion not so far-fetched, since the Elite series
indeed did not include a version of the Jazz Bass.
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It is hard to tell whether the Elite would have caught on with musicians in the long
term, because due to the corporate problems leading to CBS eventually selling
Fender in the beginning of 1985, the Elite series was only produced for some 20
months.
Special features:
Production
years
May 1983 - end of 1984
Neck
Bi-flex truss rod, adjusting rod at headstock
Width at nut 1.75" (44.5mm)
Fingerboard
MN or RW, jumbo frets
7.25" radius (184.2mm)
Decal
Silver logo + ® + 'Precision Bass' in small lettering + serial no.
+ "Made in USA"
Pickguard
3-ply white, 13 screws
Standard
finishes
Black, Natural, Arctic White, Pewter, Sienna Sunburst, Brown
Sunburst
Custom colours
Bronze Stratoburst, Black Stratoburst, Blue Stratoburst,
Transparent: Emerald Green, Wild Cherry
Opaque: Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red, Candy Apple
Green, Aztec Gold
Pick ups
White, plain-top
Active circuit
Edge-mounted jack socket
Controls
Metal knobs with rubber insert
Bridge
Schaller fine-tuning bridge
Tuners
Schaller tuners with thicker buttons
Specials
Security lock strap buttons
LH and Fretless versions available (RW only)
Minor variants:
Elite II Precision
Bass
Same as Elite Precision Bass except:
2 PUs, 3 knobs, 2 switches
15 Elite colours
Gold Elite Preci-
Same as Elite Precision Bass except:
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Gold-plated hardware
Pearloid tuner buttons
Gold logo
Gold Elite II Precision Bass
Same as Gold Elite Precision Bass except:
2 PUs, 3 knobs, 2 switches
15 Elite colours
Walnut Elite
Precision Bass
Same as Gold Elite II Precision Bass except:
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4.3.5 Precision Bass Plus
1989 - 1992, based on the American Standard Precision Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-7500/2, USA
Body
Alder
Fingerboard
22 frets
Finish
06, 15, 21, 32, 47, 73, 75, 80, 90, 91
Pickguard
3-ply parchment
Pick-ups
P / J-style Silver Fender-Lace sensors
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, TBX active electronics
1 3-position switch
1 push-button series/parallel
4.3.6 Short Scale Precision Bass
Produced from 1989 to 1991 in Japan, based on the American Standard Precision
Bass.
Special features:
Neck
32" scale length (= 813mm)
4.3.7 Precision Bass "Lyte" Standard
1989 - 1999, based on the American Standard Precision Bass.
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General Features:
Model no.
025-9500, Japan
Body
Basswood
Neck
Maple, width at nut 1.5" (38 mm)
Fingerboard
RW only, 22 frets
Decal
Silver logo + ® + 'Precision Bass' in medium lettering + serial
no. + "Made in USA" + 'Lyte' in script
Pickguard
none
Finish
37, 55, 64, 77
Pick-Ups
1 split-coil PU (mid)
1 J-style (bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Pan, 1 Bass boost/cut, 1 Treble boost/cut, black
knobs, active electronics
Bridge
Chrome die-cast
Tuners
Gotoh "mini"
Variant:
Precision Bass "Lyte" Deluxe
1995 - 2001, based on the Precision Bass "Lyte" Standard.
Special features:
Model no.
025-9800 (Special/Deluxe series), Japan
Body
Mahogany, Satin finish
Neck
Satin finish
Finish
21
Pick-Ups
1 split-coil PU (mid)
1 humbucker (bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Pan, 3 boost/cut (bass, mid, treble), Active electronics
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
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4.3.8 Precision Bass Plus Deluxe
1991 - 1994, based on the Precision Bass Plus.
Special Features:
Body
Downsized body-style
Controls
Volume / Treble / Bass / Pan
4.3.9 Acoustic-Electric Precision Bass
1991 - 1994
General Features:
Model no.
027-9608, Japan
Body
Hollowed basswood, bound solid spruce top, f-hole
Fingerboard
Fretless RW
Finish
21, 37
Pick-Ups
1 P-style Silver Fender-Lace sensor
Piezo bridge pick-up
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, 1 Pan, active electronics
Bridge
Rosewood
4.3.10
Vintage Precision Bass Custom
1992 - 2000, based on the standard 1956 Precision Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-5602, (Custom Classic series) USA
Body
Light 2-piece swamp ash
Neck
Semi-figured hard rock maple, soft U-shape
Width at nut 1.625" (41.3 mm)
Fingerboard
One-piece MN, 9.5" radius
Finish
03, 67
Pickguard
Black
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236
Precision Bass
Pick-ups
1 vintage-style split P bass
1 vintage-style J bass
Controls
2 V, 2 T, concentric knobs
4.3.11
Precision Bass Special
1994 - 1996, based on the Standard Precision Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-5400, Mexico
Body
Poplar, ash veneer top
Neck
Width at nut 1.625" (41.3 mm)
Fingerboard
Slab RW, 22 frets
Head
Narrowed-down
Decal
Silver spaghetti logo + 'Precision Bass' in small lettering
Pickguard
Re-styled, 3-ply black w. 8 screws
Finish
06, 07, 28, 32
Pick-Up
1 Vintage P-style (mid)
1 Vintage J-style (bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Bass Boosts/Cut, 1 Treble Boost/Cut, 1 Pan
4.3.12
Precision Bass Deluxe
Introduced in 1995, based on the American Standard Precision Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
019-4200/2, (Deluxe series) USA
Body
Alder with ash-veneered top and back
Neck
Graphite-reinforced
Fingerboard
Maple or rosewood, 22 frets
Pickguard
Tortoise- or 3-ply white, 10 screws
Finish
06, 07, 28, 36, 37, 80
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Pick-Ups
1 new-design split-coil PU (mid)
1 Humbucker (bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 3-band active EQ, 1 pan pot, metal knobs
Bridge
Deluxe string-through-body/top-loading
Tuners
Deluxe
Modifications over the years:
1997
Finishes: 06, 28, 36, 37, 44 (44), 45 (48 Metallic)
1998
Renamed
American Deluxe Precision Bass 019-5200/2
Relevant changes:
Alder (finishes 00, 06, 38) or ash (finishes 01, 48, 94) body
without veneer
7/1999
Finishes: ash body: 01, 21, 48, 94; alder body: 00, 06,38
2001
Finish 94 deleted
2002
New model no.:019-5260/2
5-Bolt neck fastening with contoured heel
Finishes: alder body: 00, 06, 25, 82; ash body: 31, 48
Pickguard: 4-ply shell (00) or 3-ply Mint Green
1/2004
New model no.:019-4060/2
New design pick-ups
Alder body only
Finishes and Pickguards:
3-ply Mint Green: 00
4-ply Brown shell: 20, 91
1-ply bevelled gold vinyl: 64
Minor Variants:
American Deluxe Precision Bass V
7/1999
Model no. 019-5900/2
Pau Ferro or Maple fingerboard
Finishes: ash body: 01, 21, 48, 94; alder body: 00, 06,38
2001
New model no.: 019-5300/2
Finish 94 deleted
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238
Precision Bass
2002
New model no.: 019-5360/2
5-Bolt neck fastening with contoured heel
Finishes: alder body: 00, 06, 25, 82; ash body: 31, 48
Pickguard: 4-ply shell (00) or 3-ply Mint Green
1/2004
New model no.: 019-4260/2
New design pick-ups
Alder body only
Finishes and Pickguards:
3-ply Mint Green: 00
4-ply Brown shell: 20
1-ply bevelled gold vinyl: 6
American Deluxe Precision Bass Ash
7/1999
Model no. 019-4160/2
Ash body
Finishes and Pickguards:
4-ply white pearloid: 31
3-ply black: 50
3-ply mint green: 52
American Deluxe Precision Bass V Ash
7/1999
Model no. 019-4360/2
Ash body
Finishes and Pickguards:
4-ply white pearloid: 31
3-ply black: 50
3-ply mint green: 52
4.3.13
California Precision Bass Special
Introduced in 1997, based on the American Standard Precision Bass. After 1998
production was moved to Mexico.
Special features:
Model no.
010-1800/2, (California series) USA
Body
Alder
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Neck
Width at nut 1.5"
Satin finish
Decal
Logo + 'California Series'
Pickguard
Gold-anodized, 13 screws
Finish
06, 09, 32, 41
Pick-ups
1 P-style, 1 J-style
Controls
2 Volume, 1 Tone
Bridge
Vintage-style
Changed features in Mexican version:
Model name
Precision Bass Special
Model no.
013-5700/2, (Deluxe series) Mexico
Finish
06, 09, 32, 80
Modifications over the years:
1/2005
Name changed to Active P Bass Special 013-5760/2
Pickguard: 1-ply bevelled gold vinyl
1 Standard Alnico P-style
1 Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless J-style
Controls: 1 Master Volume, 1 Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ
Finishes: 06, 09, 55, 59
1/2006
Finishes: 06, 25, 55, 59
4.3.14
Hot Rod Precision Bass
1999 - 2001, based on the American Standard Precision Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-1900/2 LH 019-1920, (Hot Rodded series) USA
Body
Alder or Ash
Fingerboard
MN or RW
LH: RW only
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240
Precision Bass
Pickguard
3-ply brown shell
Finish
Alder body: 00, 05, 06
Ash body: 21, 22
Pick-ups
1 Split-coil PU (mid)
1 Hot Bi-Pole PU(bridge)
Controls
2 Volume, 1 Tone, metal knobs
Bridge
Deluxe string-through-body/top-loading
Tuners
Deluxe
Modifications over the years:
2001
New model no.: 019-4800/2, LH 019-4820
(American Series)
After 2001
4.3.15
Discontinued
Highway 1 Precision Bass
Introduced 1/2003, based on the American Series Precision Bass.
Differing features:
Model no.
011-1300 (Highway 1 series), USA
Body
Alder
Neck
No graphite reinforcement
Fingerboard
RW only
Pickguard
3-ply White
Finish
(Satin Lacquer Finish)
00, 04, 38, 67
Pickups
1 Vintage split-pickup
Bridge
Standard Vintage-style
Modifications over the years:
7/2006
New model no.: 011-1360
Finishes: 00, 04, 06, 67, 75
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Headstock: Late ‘70s-style TV logo
Pickguard: 3-ply Parchment
Bridge: BADASS II with Grooved Saddles
4.3.16
Standard Precision Bass Junior
1/2004 - 2006, based on the Standard Precision Bass. The 2004 Frontline catalogue listed this bass as belonging to the Mini series. The following year it was the
Junior series, and in the Specifications table at the back of the catalogue it was the
Standard series all the while.
Special features:
Model no.
013-4000, Mexico
Scale length
28.59” (726.18mm)
Width at nut
1.50” (38mm)
Finish
06, 58
4.3.17
Big Block Precision Bass
Introduced in 7/2005, based on the Standard Precision Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
013-8100, (Big Block series) Mexico
Fingerboard
Pearloid block inlays
Decal
Spaghetti style logo + ® + 'Precision Bass' + ®
Pickguard
none
Finish
06 with matching headstock
Pick-Ups
1 double Jazz Bass humbucker
Controls
1 Volume, 2-band active Tone; knurled chrome control knobs
on early '50s style control plate
Side-mounted jack socket
Switching
1 2-way mini switch (tone preset)
Bridge
Special convertible
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242
Precision Bass
4.3.18
60th Anniversary Precision Bass
2006 only, based on the American Series Precision Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
011-6200 LH 011-6220, (American series) USA
Neck
Stamped 60th Anniversary Neck Plate
Head
Jewel Inlaid ‘60th Anniversary emblem
Pickguard
3-ply parchment
Finish
00
Pickups
1 Vintage split Single-coil
Controls
S-1 switching
4.3.19
60th Anniversary Precision Bass
2006 only, based on the Standard Precision Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
014-6102, (Standard series) Mexico
Neck
Stamped 60th Anniversary Neck Plate
Decal
Silver Transition logo
Pickguard
3-ply parchment
Finish
55
Pickups
1 Vintage split Single-coil
4.3.20
Aerodyne Classic Precision Bass Special
Introduced in 7/2006, based on the Standard Precision Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
025-4507, (Deluxe series) Japan
Body
Basswood with Flame Maple top
Cream binding on top
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Neck
Width at nut 1.50” (38mm)
Fingerboard
RW, 7.25" radius (184mm)
Decal
Silver Applique Logo
Pickguard
3-ply Mint Green
Finish
21, 38, 70
243
Matching headstock
Pick-Ups
1 Precision Pickup (Mid),
1 Jazz Bass Pickup (Bridge)
Controls
2 Volume, 1 Tone; knurled chrome control knobs
Side-mounted jack socket
4.4
Reissue Models
4.4.1 Vintage '57 Precision Bass
Produced from 1982 - 1985, and from 1986 until today. The '57 Precision Bass is
based on the instrument as built in 1957. Some minor details, such as the neck
profile and tuners were not period-correct in the first years of production of the
model. All of these issues were corrected later.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-0115
Finish
02, 03, 06, 09, 40, 41
Tuners
Gotoh Vintage-style tuners
Finish variations over the years:
1988
Finishes: 02, 03, 06, 09, 40, 41, 57
1995
Finishes: 03, 06, 41
1999
Finishes: 01, 03, 06, 09
2001
03, 01 (ash body), 06, 24, 54, 83
2003
03, 01 (ash body), 06
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Precision Bass
4.4.2 Vintage '62 Precision Bass
Produced from 1982 - 1985, and from 1986 until today. This model is in fact based
on the instrument as it was built at the beginning of 1961, before the two patent
numbers appeared on the headstock. The first units produced (or maybe even the
prototypes only) had the modern tuners installed, but this issue was corrected later.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-0116
Finish
00, 02, 06, 09, 40, 41
Tuners
Gotoh Vintage-style tuners
Finish variations over the years:
1988
Finishes: 00, 02, 06, 09, 40, 41, 57
1995
Finishes: 00, 06, 41
1999
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 40
2001
00, 05, 06, 24, 54, 83
2003
00, 05, 06
4.4.3 '50s Precision Bass and '60s Precision Bass
Produced in Japan. From 1982 to 1983, these two models were known in the UK as
the Squier Series '57 Precision Bass and the Squier Series '62 Precision Bass respectively. From 1983 to 1985 they were sold under the actual Squier brand. Afterwards they were re-introduced under the Fender brand and built until 1994.
Special features:
Body
Basswood
4.4.4 '51 Precision Bass
1984 to 1998 and from 2003; based on the standard Precision Bass of 1951.
Special features:
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Reissue Models
Model no.
027-1902 (Classic series), Japan
Pickguard
Single-ply white, 7 screws
Finish
Blond, 2-tone Sunburst
245
Modifications over the years:
2003
Single-ply black (on blonde) or white (on sunburst) pickguard,
7 screws
Finish: 01, 03
2004
Finish: 03, 50
4.4.5 '57 Precision Bass LH
1996 to 1997 produced by the Custom Shop; based on the standard Precision Bass
of 1957.
Special features:
Model no.
019-5722, USA
Neck
Neck width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Finish
05, 06
4.4.6 '59 Precision Bass
Introduced in January 1/2000 in the Time Machine series.
Variants:
NOS
Model no. 015-2100
Finishes: 00, 01
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-2200
Finishes: 00, 07
Relic
Model no. 015-2300
Finishes: 00, 07
4.4.7 '55 Precision Bass
Introduced in January 7/2002 in the Time Machine series.
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Variants:
NOS
Model no. 015-2402
Finishes: 03, 06, 07
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-2502
Finishes: 03, 06, 07
Relic
Model no. 015-2602
Finishes: 03, 06, 07
4.4.8 Artist Models
Donald "Duck" Dunn Precision Bass.
1998 only, based on the 1957 Precision Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
025-7602 (Classic series), Japan
Body
Alder
Decal
Spaghetti logo, signature
Finish
09
4.4.9 Sting Precision Bass
1998 and from 1/2001; based on the 1955 Precision Bass.
Special features:
Model no.
025-1902 (Artist series), Japan
Specials
Block-inlaid Sting signature at the 12th fret
Finish
03
4.4.10
Rocco Prestia Precision Bass
1999 only, based on the American Standard Precision Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-6702 (Artist series), USA
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Body
Alder
Pickguard
3-ply black, 10 screws
Finish
06, 21, 38
Pick-ups
1 reversed vintage split-coil
Controls
1 Volume, 2 Treble boost/cut, 1 Bass boost/cut,
Black special knobs
Bridge
String-through-body/top-loading
Tuners
Deluxe
4.4.11
Mike Dirnt Precision Bass Special
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the 1951 Precision Bass.
General Features:
Model no.
013-8400 (Artist series), Mexico
Body
Slab ash with front contour
Neck
Thick C-shape
Fingerboard
RW (9.5" radius/241mm)
Width at nut 1.59” (40.4 mm)
Pickup
1 Custom Vintage ‘59 split-coil
Pickguard and
Finish
1-ply parchment: 03, 06
1-ply white: 41
Pick-Up
1 Vintage P-style (mid)
1 Vintage J-style (bridge)
Bridge
Leo Quan Badass II
Tuners
‘70s-style
4.4.12
Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass
Introduced in 1/2006, based on the '70s Fretless Precision Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
019-0085 (Artist series), USA
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248
Precision Bass
Body
Alder
Fingerboard
Ebony, fretless, with side dots
Pickguard
4-ply tortoise
Finish
00, 06
Pick-ups
1 split-coil
1 Tony Franklin signature J Bass (bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
1 3-way sliding switch
Tuners
Vintage-style late '70s tuners
Hipshot Bass Xtender Drop D tuning key
4.4.13
Pino Palladino Precision Bass
Introduced in 1/2006, based on the standard 1962 Precision Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
015-8200 (Custom Artist series), USA
Body
Select Lightweight Alder
Pickguard
4-ply tortoise shell
Finish
40 (Fiesta Red over Desert Sand)
Specials
Relic finish
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5 Showmaster
The Showmaster is a so-called Super-Strat, a concept which evolved in the eighties
and consisted of a guitar that resembled a Stratocaster, but which usually had a
sleeker body shape with sharper edges, and contained certain modifications such as
an improved vibrato unit, a thinner neck and flatter fingerboard.
Fender had offered Super-Strats before, usually as a submodel of the Stratocaster.
With the Showmaster, the Custom Shop introduced its own version of a SuperStrat. The guitars generally featured down-sized alder bodies with carved tops,
locking tuners and roller nuts.
Specifications:
Scale
25.5"
64.8cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.7"
9.5"
241mm
5.1.1 Showmaster Standard
1998 – 2005.
General Features:
Model no.
010-4200/2 (Custom Shop), USA
Body
Alder with carved top
Neck
Modern C-shape
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
RW or MN
22 medium jumbo frets
LSR nut
Decal
Gold Spaghetti logo + model name + "original contour body"
Pickguard
none
Finish
31, 48, 61, 62
Pick-Ups
2 CS Fat ‘50s single-coils (Neck & Mid),
1 SD ‘59 “Trembucker” (Bridge)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone; Tele-style dome metal knobs
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Showmaster
5-position blade w. chrome switch tip
Tuners
Sperzel Trim-Lok, staggered
Bridge
Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized tremolo with pop-in arm
Changes over the years:
1999
Finishes: 06, 38, 79, 86
Variants:
Showmaster Standard with Locking Tremolo
1998 only
Model no. 010-4290/2
Special features: Deluxe Locking Tremolo, pop-in arm
Showmaster FMT
1/1999 – 2005
Model no. 010-4270/2
Special features: Figured maple top with hand-scraped edges
Finishes 31, 37, 48, 61, 62
Showmaster FMT Locking Tremolo Set Neck
1/1999 – 2005
Model no. 010-4390
Special features: Glued-in maple neck
Deluxe Locking Tremolo, pop-in arm
Finishes 31, 37, 48, 61, 62
Showmaster FMT Hardtail Set Neck
1/1999 – 2005
Model no. 010-4300
Special features: Glued-in maple neck
Wilkinson Tailpiece
Finishes 31, 37, 48, 61, 62
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5.1.2 Showmaster 7-String
7/2000 - 2002
Special features:
Model no.
015-4490, Hardtail 015-4430, USA
Body
Alder or Ash
Fingerboard
RW
Finish
Alder body: 06, 37
Ash body: 48, 61, 62
Pick-Ups
2 Special Design SD 59 Humbuckers
Bridge
Deluxe Locking 7-string Tremolo
HT: Deluxe Tailpiece
5.1.3 Flat Head Showmaster
Introduced in 7/2003, based on the Showmaster Standard.
Special features:
Model no.
015-4300, USA
Body
Contoured neck heel
Neck
Hard V-shape
Fingerboard
Round laminate ebony, 12" radius (305 mm)
Width at nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
Nickel/silver “Crossed Piston” inlay at 12th fret
Finish
06, 70, 74
Pick-Ups
2 EMG humbuckers
Controls
1 Volume, Tele-style dome metal knob
3-Position Toggle
Tuners
Schaller Deluxe staggered locking tuners
Bridge
6-Saddle Strings-through-body hardtail bridge
Hardware
Black
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252
Showmaster
5.1.4 Showmaster Elite FMT
Introduced in January 2004.
Special features:
Model no.
015-6870, Hardtail 015-6970
Body
Mahogany Body with carved flame maple top
Neck
Mahogany set neck, modern C-shape
Fingerboard
Ebony, 12” radius (305 mm), LSR Nut
Mother-of-pearl tribal sun inlays
Finish
20, 30, 42
Pick-Ups
2 Special Design Seymour Duncan humbuckers
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
3-Position blade
Tuners
Schaller Elite tuners with white pearloid buttons
Bridge
Deluxe 2-point synchronized tremolo, pop-in arm
Hardtail: low profile 6-saddle locking bridge
Variants:
Showmaster Elite QMT
Special features:
Model no.
015-6880 Hardtail 015-6980, USA
Body
Mahogany with Carved Quilt Maple top
Showmaster Elite SMT
Special features:
Model no.
015-7200 Hardtail 015-7300, USA
Body
Mahogany with Carved Spalted Maple top
Finish
20
Showmaster Elite LWT
Special features:
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Model no.
015-7000 Hardtail 015-7100, USA
Body
Mahogany with Carved Lacewood top
5.1.5 Showmaster Celtic H
Produced in 2003 only, based on the Showmaster Standard.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-1400 (Special Edition series), Korea
Body
Contoured basswood
Neck
Mahogany set neck
Fingerboard
RW, 15.75" radius (400mm)
24 Jumbo frets, graphite nut
Width at nut 1.625”
Abalone celtic design inlay at 12th fret
Head
Matching colour
Decal
Silver spaghetti logo without model name
Finish
91
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
1 Atomic II Humbucker
Controls
1 Volume
Tuners
Locking cast/sealed
Bridge
Strat-style strings-through-body hardtail bridge
Variant:
Showmaster H with Tremolo
Special Features:
Model no.
026-1500 (Special Edition series), Korea
Fingerboard
No inlays
Pick-Ups
1 Santa Ana humbucker
Bridge
Strat-style tremolo bridge
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254
Showmaster
5.1.6 Showmaster Scorpion HH
Produced in 2003 only, based on the Showmaster Standard.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-1800 (Special Edition series), Korea
Body
Basswood, back contoured, top bound
Neck
Mahogany set neck
Fingerboard
RW, 15.75” radius (400mm)
24 Jumbo frets, graphite nut
Width at nut 1.625”
Scorpion inlay at 12th fret
Head
Matching colour
Decal
Silver spaghetti logo without model name
Finish
06
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
1 Atomic II humbucker
1 Black Canyon humbucker
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
5-way blade
Tuners
Locking cast/sealed
Bridge
Strat-style strings-through-body hardtail bridge
Specials
Black hardware
Variants:
Showmaster HH with Tremolo
Special Features:
Model no.
026-1900 (Special Edition series), Korea
Fingerboard
No inlays
Pick-Ups
1 Santa Ana humbucker
1 Atomic II humbucker
Bridge
Strat-style tremolo bridge
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5.1.7 Highway 1 Showmaster HH
1/2003 to late 2004, based on the Showmaster Standard.
Special Features:
Model no.
HH: 111-1900, HSS: 111-1800 (Highway 1 series), USA
Fingerboard
RW, 24 frets
Pickups
HH: 2 Enforcer humbuckers
HSS: 2 Vintage Strat single coils, 1 Enforcer humbucker
Finish
06, 43, 91
5.1.8 Showmaster Blackout
Produced in 2004 only, based on the Showmaster Standard.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-3000 (Special Edition series), Korea
Body
Basswood
Neck
Set neck
Fingerboard
RW, 15.75” Radius (400mm)
24 Jumbo frets
No inlays
Head
Matching colour
Decal
Silver spaghetti logo without model name
Finish
06, 33
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers
Tuners
Locking cast/sealed
Specials
Black hardware
5.1.9 Showmaster FAT HH
Introduced in 1/2004, based on the Showmaster Standard.
Special features:
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256
Showmaster
Model no.
026-3070 (Special Edition series), Korea
Body
Basswood, with carved flame ash top
Neck
Set Neck
Fingerboard
RW, 15.75" radius (400mm),
24 Jumbo frets, abalone dots
Head
Matching colour
Finish
30
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers
Tuners
Cast/Sealed Locking tuners
Bridge
2-Point synchronized tremolo
Specials
Smoked chrome hardware
Minor variants:
Showmaster FAT SSS
1994 -
026-3170 (Special Edition series), Korea
Special features
3 Seymour Duncan single-coil pick-ups
5-way switching
Showmaster QBT HH
1994 -
026-3080 (Special Edition series), Korea
Special features
Basswood, with carved Quilt Bubinga top
Finish: 50 (Brown Transparent)
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers
3-way switching
Showmaster QBT SSS
1994 -
026-3180 (Special Edition series), Korea
Special features
Basswood, with carved Quilt Bubinga top
Finish: 50 (Brown Transparent)
3 Seymour Duncan single-coil pick-ups
5-way switching
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Showmaster QMT HH
1/1995 -
026-3280 (Special Edition series), Korea
Special features
Basswood, with carved Quilt Maple top
Finish: 52, 61
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers
3-way switching
Showmaster FMT HH
1/1995 -
026-3270 (Special Edition series), Korea
Special features
Basswood, with carved Flame Maple top
Finish: 52, 61
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers
3-way switching
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Showmaster
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6 Esquire
On the surface, the Esquire is just a Telecaster with only one pick-up in the bridge
position.
However the whole truth goes a bit deeper. The Esquire was first built in mid 1950
and it was Fender's first electric guitar. Very few of these pre-production Esquires
were built in April 1950. These were one-pickup models without truss-rods. They
were finished in black and had white Bakelite pickguards. Around June of the same
year another small batch of two-pickup Esquires was made.
When in November a truss-rod was at last added to the two-pickup model, its name
was changed to Broadcaster. The one-pickup Esquire finally made its reappearance
in January 1951.
Specifications:
Length
Width
38 ½"
97.8cm
Scale
25 ½"
6.1
64.8cm
12"
Depth
30.5cm
1.5"
3.81cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.625"
7.25"
4.13cm
18.42cm
The original model
General Features:
Body
Ash slab body, usually 2 pieces
Neck
MN, round
Black dots (Bakelite), narrow position at XII. Fret
Adjusting rod at body end
Head
Small; 1 round string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo
Small model name
Pickguard
Black bakelite, 5 screws
Finish
Blonde
Pick-ups
1 single coil PU w. flat pole-pieces
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Esquire
1 smaller single coil PU in chrome housing
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone
Dome speed metal knobs
Switching
1 3-way sliding switch, barrel-shaped
Tuners
"Kluson Deluxe" safety slot machines
"Pat. Appld for" stamped on outer shell
Bridge
3 brass saddles, string-through-body
Metal cover
Serial no.
On bridge plate
Modifications over the years:
Early '51
Neck more rounded
General use of Phillips head screw instead of slot head
(gradual change until '53)
Mid '51
Kluson tuners without brand stamp
1952
Gold spaghetti logo (until mid '55)
End '52
Dots at XII. fret farther apart
Early '54
Serial no. on neck plate
White pickguard w. 5 screws
Late '54
White blonde replaces butterscotch finish
Smooth steel bridges
1955
Thicker (creamier) finish
Sunburst finish available
V-neck
Summer '55
Pickup with balanced pole-pieces
Late '55
White parts change to ABS plastic
1956
3 way-switch changes to top-hat shape
Flat-top metal control knobs
Mid '56
1 butterfly clip string retainer, square, closer to nut than before Logo now on upper portion of headstock
1957
"Kluson Deluxe" wording on tuning machines
1958
Neck with flatter cross section
Mid '58
Threaded bridge saddles
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Late '58
Top loading bridge (until late '59 only)
1959
1 string retainer with spacer
07-08/'59
3-ply white pickguard (greenish nitrate top layer) w. 8 screws
for custom coloured models
Standard models keep single layer pickguard but with 8
screws
09/'59
Slab rosewood fingerboard, clay dots (some early models
with skunk stripe)
Very flat neck (C-neck)
1960
Optional neck widths (until 1970): 1 1/2" Narrow (rare), 1 5/8"
Standard, 1 3/4" Wide)
3-tone sunburst with clearly defined separation between colours
07/'62
Curved fingerboard
D-neck
Mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
"PAT 2,573,254 2,784,631 DES 164,227" on headstock
1963
Optional red mahogany body (until 1965)
Maple fingerboard unofficially optional
Late '64
"Kluson Deluxe" lettering in two lines on tuners
02/'65
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard changes to plastic
Mid '65
"F" on neck plate
01/'67
Optional maple fingerboard officially introduced
07/'67
Optional Bigsby vibrato with 6 threaded bridge saddles, (until
'74)
Gold Transition logo plus "PAT 2,573,254 2,784,631" on
headplate
Fall 1967
"F"-style safety-slot tuning machines, chrome-plated
String ferrules stick out of back of body, no longer flush
3-ply white pickguard
03/'68
Optional gold plated hardware
1968
Single-grooved saddles
Black logo with circled "R" and 2 pat. nos.
Larger model designation
Spring 1969
Opt. one-piece MN
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Esquire
From now on skunk stripe on RW also
Late 1969
6.2
Discontinued
Upgrades and Other Variants
6.2.1 Custom Esquire
The Custom Esquire was a kind of Deluxe version of the standard Esquire, and the
first time Fender used body binding. Initially, the guitar was exclusively finished in
sunburst, though other finishes were also available later on. The model was produced from 1959 until the discontinuation of the Esquire model as a whole in 1969.
Special features:
Body
Alder with white binding
Neck
Very flat C-neck
Fingerboared
RW slab board, clay dots
Pickguard
3-ply white with 5 screws, later changed to 8 screws
Finish
Sunburst
Specials
After the first units the logo changed to a Gold spaghetti logo
with the "Custom Esquire" lettering slightly bolder than on
regular models
Modifications over the years:
1960
Optional neck widths (until 1970): 1 1/2" Narrow (rare), 1 5/8"
Standard, 1 3/4" Wide)
07/'62
Curved fingerboard
D-neck
Mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
"PAT 2,573,254 2,784,631 DES 164,227" on headstock
1963
Maple fingerboard unofficially optional
Late '64
"Kluson Deluxe" lettering in two lines on tuners
Gold Transition logo
02/'65
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
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Pickguard changes to plastic
Mid '65
"F" on neck plate
01/'67
Optional maple fingerboard officially introduced
07/'67
Optional Bigsby vibrato with 6 threaded bridge saddles
Fall 1967
"F"-style safety-slot tuning machines, chrome-plated
String ferrules stick out of back of body, no longer flush
03/'68
Optional gold plated hardware
1968
Single-grooved saddles
Black logo with ® and 2 pat. nos. + larger model designation
Spring 1969
Opt. one-piece MN
From now on skunk stripe on RW also
Late 1969
Discontinued
6.2.1 Seymour Duncan Esquire
Introduced in 1/2003, based on the 1954 Esquire.
Special features:
Model no.
015-0060, (Custom Classics series) USA
Body
Premium ash
Head
1 round string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo
Pickguard
1-ply parchment
Finish
03
Pick-Ups
1 Tapped Custom Seymour Duncan single coil
6.2.2 Esquire Custom GT
Produced in 2003 only.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-2200, (Special Edition series) Korea
Body
Contoured mahogany
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Esquire
Neck
Mahogany set neck, modern C-shape
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, 15.75" radius (400mm), 22 Jumbo Frets, Graphite nut
Width at nut 1.625”
Abalone dots
Head
Matching colour
2 string retainers
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo without model name
Finish
25, 38, with centre stripe
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
1 Seymour Duncan Humbucker
Controls
1 Volume, metal knob
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
Strat-style strings-through-body hardtail bridge
Special
Black chrome hardware
6.2.3 Esquire Custom Scorpion
Produced in 2003 only, similar to Esquire Custom GT.
Differing features:
Model no.
026-1600 (Special Edition series), Korea
Fingerboard
Scorpion inlay at 12th fret
Finish
06
Pick-Ups
1 Atomic II Humbucker
Specials
Black hardware
6.2.4 Esquire Custom Celtic
Produced in 2003 only, similar to Esquire Custom GT.
Differing features:
Model no.
026-1200 (Special Edition series), Korea
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Fingerboard
Celtic design inlay at 12th fret
Finish
91
Pick-Ups
1 Atomic II humbucker
Specials
Chrome hardware
6.3
Reissue Models
6.3.1 '54 Esquire
1986 - 1993, based on the 1954 Esquire.
Special features:
Body
Basswood
6.2.1 '62 Custom Esquire
1986 - 1993, based on the 1962 Custom Esquire.
Special features:
Body
Basswood
6.2.2 '59 Esquire
Introduced in January 2000, Time Machine series.
Period-specific features:
Neck
One-piece maple
Pickguard
1-play white, 5 screws
Bridge
No through-body stringing
The Fender Reference
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266
Esquire
Variants:
NOS
Model no. 015-3002
Finishes: 06, 07
3-ply parchment pickguard
Premium ash body
Closet Classic
Model no. 015-3102
Finishes: 06, 07
3-ply parchment pickguard
Premium ash body
Relic
Model no. 015-3202
Finishes: 06, 07
3-ply parchment pickguard
Premium ash body
6.3
'50s Esquire
Introduced in 1/2005, based on the 1955 Esquire.
Special features:
Model no.
013-1502 (Classic series), Mexico
Body
Ash
Neck
One-piece maple, C-shaped
Pickguard
1-ply White
Tuners
Vintage-style
Finish
01, 03, 06
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Jaguar
The Jaguar could be called either a slightly altered Jazzmaster, or more appropriately, the next step in a continuous improvement of Fender's guitar line at that time.
Indeed based on the Jazzmaster, it nevertheless differs in some decisive details
from that model. For one, the scale is slightly shorter and the pick-ups have different specifications, but the most striking difference is the abundance of chrome on
the new guitar. Knobs, plug and switches are no longer located on the pickguard
but on separate metal control plates. This gives the guitar a much more luxurious
look.
The circuit is essentially the same as that of the Jazzmaster: 2 separate circuits for
lead and rhythm playing. However, in the lead circuit the pick-ups selection is
achieved by individual on/off sliding switches, and there is an additional 2-way
tone switch. The pick-ups, by the way, are different too.
After having been the ultimate surf guitar in the '60s, the Jaguar became popular
again in the 1990s when it was used by a number of alternative rock groups.
Specifications:
Length
40"
Width
101cm
Scale
24"
7.1
61cm
Depth
14"
35.5cm
1 5/8"
4.13cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
184mm
The original model
General Features:
Introduced
March 1962
Body
Alder, contoured offset-waist body
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Slab RW, 22 narrow frets, clay dots
Head
Large; 1 square string retainer
Decals
Gold Transition logo + model name, "Offset contour body"
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Jaguar
and "DES 186.826 PAT 2.960.900 2.972.923 & Pat. Pend."
Pickguard
Tortoise or 3-ply white pickguard (greenish nitrate top layer),
10 screws
Finish
Nitro-cellulose 3-tone sunburst + Custom colours
Pick-ups
2 single coil PUs, white with notched metal side plates
Controls
On three separate metal control plates:
1: 1 V, 1 T, black octagonal knobs, and jack socket
2: 3 2-way sliding switches
3: 1 V, 1 T, black roller knobs, and 1 2-way sliding switch,
black
Tuners
Nickel-plated Kluson safety slot machines
Bridge
6 nickel plated steel saddles, threaded, with chrome cover
and mute
Floating bridge vibrato with locking facility
Modifications over the years:
07/'1962
Curved RW board
Optional gold-plated hardware (until 1970)
Optional neck widths (until 1970): 1 1/2" Narrow (rare), 1 5/8"
Standard, 1 3/4" Wide, 1 7/8" Extra wide (rare)
Mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
1964
Staggered pole-pieces
Late '64
"Kluson Deluxe" wording in two lines on tuners
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard changes to plastic
"DES 186,826 PAT. 2,960,900 2,972,923 3,143,028 & PAT.
PEND" on headstock
1965
"F" on neck plate
Late '65
Bound fingerboard
Thicker neck
5 pat. nos. + "Pat. Pend" on headstock (incl. transition period
with 6 pat. nos.)
Mid '66
pearl block markers on fingerboard
"F" style tuning machines
Mid '67
Body edge less rounded
Headstock shape enlarged
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07/'68
Black "TV" logo + ® + 7 Pat. nos. in two lines:
'PAT 2,960,900 2,972,923 3,143,028 2,741,146
3,236,930 3,260,148 DES 186,826'
Mid '69
Opt. one-piece MN with black blocks and binding
1973
"PAT 2.741.146 2.960.900 2.972.923 3.143.028 DES
186.826"
1975
Sunburst finish only
3-ply black pickguard introduced, 3-ply white as accessory
12/'75
Discontinued
7.2
Upgrades and Other Variants
7.2.1 Jaguar Baritone Custom
7/2004 - 2006, similar to the 1962 Jaguar.
Special features:
Model no.
025-9400 (Special Edition series), Japan
Body
Alder
Neck
Adjusting rod at headstock
Width ad nut = 1.6875" (42.86mm)
Scale length: 28.5" (723.9cm)
Fingerboard
RW, 9.5" radius (241mm)
21 Medium Jumbo frets
Decal
Black logo + ® + 'Jaguar'
'Baritone Custom' in small lettering on headstock bout
Finish
00
Pickguard
3-ply tortoiseshell
Changes over the years:
1/2006
Renamed Jaguar Bass VI Custom
Headstock decal remains unchanged
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270
Jaguar
7.2.2 Jaguar Baritone HH
Introduced in 1/2005, based on the Jaguar Baritone Custom.
Special features:
Model no.
025-9300 (Special Edition series), Japan
Neck
Width ad nut = 1.65" (41mm)
Scale length: 27" (610mm)
Fingerboard
RW, 7.25" radius (184mm)
Decal
Black logo + 'Baritone'
Finish
06 with matching headstock
Pickguard
3-ply black
Pick-Ups
2 Dragster humbuckers with chrome covers
Controls
1 V, 1 T, chrome knobs on metal control plate
3-Position toggle
Changes over the years:
1/2007
Renamed Jaguar Baritone Special HH
7.2.3 Jaguar HH
Introduced in 1/2005, this model combines certain features of the old 1962 Jaguar
with the very up-to-date Jaguar Baritone HH. From the former it has the scale
length and three-control-plate layout, and from the latter the all-black trim with
chrome knobs and a non-vibrato tailpiece.
Features:
Model no.
025-9200 (Special Edition series), Japan
Neck
Width at nut 1.65"
Scale length 24"
Adjusting rod at headstock
Fingerboard
RW (7.25" radius/184 mm)
22 Vintage frets
Finish
06 with matching headstock
Pickguard
3-ply black
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Pick-Ups
2 Dragster humbuckers with chrome covers
Controls
On three separate metal control plates:
1: 1 V, 1 T, chrome knobs, and jack socket
2: 3 2-way sliding switches
3: 1 V, 1 T, black roller knobs, and 1 2-way sliding switch,
black
Tuners
Vintage-style
Bridge
Bridge with separate tailpiece
7.3
Reissue Models
7.3.1 '62 Jaguar
1986 to 1999, based on the early '62 Jaguar.
Different Features in respect to the original:
Model no.
027-7700, LH 027-7720 (Collectable series), Japan
Body
Contoured basswood
Finish
00, 09, 12, 41
LH: 00 only; lefty vibrato unit (original had right hand vibrato
unit)
Modifications during the years:
1994
Optional gold-plated hardware
Optional Foto Flame finish (until 1996)
1997
Finishes: 00, 09, 41
7/1999
Production exclusively for home market from now on
7.3.2 '62 Jaguar
Introduced in July 1999, based on the early '62 Jaguar.
Different Features in respect to the original:
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272
Jaguar
Model no.
010-0900 (American Vintage series), USA
Finish
00, 05, 06, 09, 40, 46
Modifications during the years:
2001
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 24, 54, 83
2003
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 08, 57, 83
4-ply Brown shell pickguard on 800, 805, 806
3-ply mint green pickguard on 808, 857, 883
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8 Jazzmaster
With the Jazzmaster, Fender tried to enter a new market in the late 1950s, namely
that of jazz musicians. Although the attempt failed, the Jazzmaster is nevertheless a
remarkable guitar and still in demand. Among its features, some of which were
nothing short of revolutionary at the time of the guitar's introduction, are an offsetwaist body shape, floating vibrato with locking device, and separate lead and
rhythm circuits.
The two separate circuits can be selected by a sliding switch. The so-called lead
circuit consists of a 3-way pick-up selector switch and master volume and tone
controls just as with any other guitar. When switching to the rhythm circuit, only
the neck pick-up is active. The rhythm circuit consists of volume and tone controls
in the form of roller knobs.
Specifications:
Length
41"
Width
104cm
Scale
25 1/2"
8.1
64.8cm
14"
Depth
35.5cm
1 3/4"
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
184mm
The original model
The Jazzmaster was introduced in late 1958. There were several prototypes as early
as autumn 1957. Since prototypes are beyond the scope of this book, I would recommend a visit to the very well-researched website www.jimshine.com for more
information on this matter.
Some features of the prototypes include:
·
Phase 1: Offset-waist body; Strat-type headstock, tremolo and jack ferrule; 7-pole pickups; one-piece MN.
·
Phase 2: Rhythm circuit, JM-style pickups, bridge and tailpiece.
·
Phase 3: Rosewood fingerboard, JM-style headstock.
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Other early features include:
·
Smaller headstock
·
Black anodized aluminium pickguard
·
Black PUs
·
Barrel-shaped metal knobs
General features of the production model:
Body
Alder, contoured, offset-waist body
Neck
U-shape
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Slab RW board, clay dots
Head
Large
1 square string retainer
Decal
Gold Spaghetti logo + model name + "with synchronized
floating tremolo" + "Offset contour body pat. pending"
Pickguard
Gold-anodized aluminium w. 9 screws
Finish
Standard: 3-tone dark sunburst
Custom finishes include: Fiesta Red, Blonde (ash body),
Metallic Gold, San Marino Blue, and other 1950's colours
Pick-ups
2 wide single-coil PUs, white, with flat pole-pieces
Controls and
Switching
1 Volume, 1 Tone, white knobs
1 3-position toggle switch
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black roller knobs
1 2-way sliding switch, black
Tuners
Nickel-plated Kluson Deluxe safety slot machines
Bridge
6 nickel-plated steel saddles, threaded
Floating bridge tremolo with locking facility
Modifications over the years:
Mid '59
Tortoise or 3-ply white pickguard (greenish nitrate top layer),
13 screws (the very first batches had still 9 and then for a
short time 11 screws)
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Slightly thinner body
Optional gold-plated hardware (until 1970)
Early '60s
Some bound necks
1960
3-tone sunburst with clearly defined separation between colours
3 Pat. nos. on headstock: "PAT.2,573,254 2,817,261
DES.186,826 "
1961
Neck profile now C-shaped
1962
5 Pat. nos. on headstock: "PAT.2,573,254 2,960,900
2,817,261 2,972.923 DES.186,826 "
March 1962
Curved fingerboard
Optional neck widths (until 1970): 1 1/2" Narrow (rare), 1 5/8"
Standard, 1 3/4" Wide, 1 7/8" Extra wide (rare)
Mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
Late '64 or early
'65
"Kluson Deluxe" wording in two lines on tuners
Gold Transition logo, "with synchronized floating tremolo",
"Offset contour body pat. pending", and 5 Pat. nos.
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard now made of plastic
Knobs change from Stratocaster style to white with silver top
1965
"F" on neck plate
"with synchronized floating tremolo" in larger lettering, 6 pat.
nos.: "PAT 2,573,254 2,960,900 2,817,261 2,972,923
3,143,028 DES 186,826"
8/65
Bound fingerboard
Thicker neck
Larger headstock
Mid '66
pearl block markers on fingerboard
"F" style tuning machines
Between '66 and
'67
New logo (applied under the lacquer), black with 6 Pat. nos.
for sunburst and bright finishes, Gold with 5 Pat. nos. for
darker finishes
1968
Very few Grover tuners with pearl pegs
1973
5 pat. nos. on headstock: "2741146 2960900 2972923
3143028 DES 186826"
1975
Sunburst finish only
3-ply black pickguard introduced, 3-ply white as accessory
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Jazzmaster
1976
Serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
Pat.-nos. and "Offset contour body" wording dropped
ca. '77
Black PUs
09/'80
Discontinued
8.2
Reissue Models
8.2.1 '62 Jazzmaster
1986 to 1999, based on the early '62 Jazzmaster.
Different Features in respect to the original:
Model no.
027-7800, 027-7820 (LH), Japan
Body
Contoured basswood
Finish
00, 09, 12, 41
LH: 00 only
Specials
Lefty guitars are fitted with a lefty vibrato unit (the original
lefties had right hand vibrato units)
Modifications during the years:
1994
Optional gold-plated hardware
Optional Foto Flame finish (until 1996)
1997
Finishes: 00, 09, 41
7/1999
Production exclusively for home market from now on
8.2.2 '62 Jazzmaster
Introduced in July 1999, based on the early '62 Jazzmaster.
Different Features in respect to the original:
Model no.
010-0800 (American Vintage series), USA
Finish
00, 05, 06, 09, 40, 46
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Modifications during the years:
2001
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 24, 54, 83
2003
Finishes: 00, 05, 06, 08, 57, 83
4-ply brown shell pickguard on 800, 805, 806
3-ply mint green pickguard on 808, 857, 883
8.3
Artist Models
8.3.1 The Ventures Lim. Ed. Jazzmaster
Produced in 1996 only.
Special features:
Model no.
027-8200 (Limited Edition series), Japan
Body
Light ash
Neck
Width at nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Fingerboard
Bound RW, white block inlays
22 frets
Head
Black-face small Stratocaster-style
2 square string retainer
Decal
Gold Transition logo, "The Ventures" logo
Pickguard
Laminated pearloid, 11 screws
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan Jazzmaster pick-ups
Finish
Midnight Black Transparent (63)
Controls
1 V, 1 T, 3-way selector and jack socket, all on pickguard
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
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Jazzmaster
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9 (Bass) VI
The Bass VI was introduced in late 1961. Originally just called the Fender VI with
no indication of it being a bass at all, it had six strings tuned E to E, an octave
below a guitar.
The design of the instrument was developed from the Jazzmaster with its off-set
waist body, and the addition of more chrome anticipated the Jaguar which was to
be released one year later in 1962. The circuit however was far simpler than those
of the Jazzmaster and Jaguar, with merely three sliding switches – on/off for each
of the pick-ups – a master volume and a master tone control.
Due to its uniqueness and limited range of application, the Bass VI was never very
successful, yet there were and still are a handful of artists who esteem the qualities
of this unusual instrument.
Specifications:
Length
Width
44 1/2" 113.03cm
14"
Scale
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 1/2"
7.25"
30"
9.1
76.2cm
Depth
35.56cm
3,81 cm
1 5/8"
4.13cm
18.42cm
The original model
General features:
Body
Contoured alder with offset-waist
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Slab RW board, clay dots
21 Vintage frets
Head
Jazzmaster-style
1 square string retainer
Decal
Gold Transition logo + large "VI" + "Electric Bass Guitar" +
"DES 186,826 PAT 2,960,900 2,972,923" + "offset contour
body Pat. Pending"
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(Bass) VI
Pickguard
Tortoise- or 3-ply white, 11 screws
Finish
3-tone sunburst or Custom colours
Nitro-cellulose lacquer
Pick-ups
3 single coil PUs, white, w. metal frames
Controls and
Switching
On two separate metal control plates:
Tuners
Kluson Deluxe safety slot machines
Bridge
6 threaded bridge saddles under chrome cover
Separate floating vibrato unit
1: 1 Volume, 1Tone; black octagonal knobs, and jack socket
2: 3 2-way sliding-switches
Modifications over the years:
09/'62
Curved fingerboard
mid '63
Dots at XII. fret closer together
Single-groove bridge sections
Spring loaded string mute
4 sliding switches
PUs with notched metal side plates
Late '64 to early
'65
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard now made of plastic (black layer much thinner)
Mid '65
"F" on neck plate
1966
Fender tuning machines
Late '65 to early
'66
Bound fingerboard
Mid '66
Pearloid block markers
07/'68
Black "TV" logo + ® + enlarged "Electric Bass Guitar" lettering
+ 7 PAT nos. + "offset contour body patented"
1972
Sunburst finish only
3-ply black pickguard
1975
Discontinued
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Reissue Models
9.2.1 Bass VI
1995 to 1997, based on the 1963 Bass VI.
Different features in respect to the original:
Model no.
027-7600 (Collectable series), Japan
Body
Depth = 1 3/4" (4.45cm)
Neck
Scale length: 30.3" (767 mm)
Finish
3-tone Sunburst
9.2.2 Bass VI
Introduced in January 2006, based on the 1964 Bass VI.
Different features in respect to the original:
Model no.
015-0060, (Custom Shop Limited Release) USA
Body
Depth = 1 3/4" (4.45cm)
Neck
Scale length: 30.3" (767 mm)
Finish
3-tone Sunburst
Pick-Ups
3 Jaguar-style single-coils (middle PU is reverse
wound/reverse polarity)
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282
(Bass) VI
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10 Mustang
Introduced in August 1964. Although the Mustang was just another student guitar
on the face of it, it was a bit more sophisticated than its predecessors, the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic. First, there was a vibrato system installed – though not
such a high grade one as that of the Stratocaster or Jazzmaster – and second, a new,
more modern looking offset-waist body shape was used, even though the childlike
short cutaways were retained. The two older models were in fact re-designed at the
time of introduction of the Mustang so as to resemble the new guitar.
The Mustang's control layout is rather simple: There is a 3-way sliding switch for
each pick-up (on/off/tone preset), and master volume and tone controls for the
overall sound.
Specifications:
Length
39 1/2"
Width
100.33cm 12 1/4"
Scale
22 1/2"
or 24"
57.15 or
60.96 cm
Depth
31.12cm
1 1/2"
3.81cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
184mm
10.1 The original model
General features:
Body
Alder, poplar or mahogany
Rounded slab w. offset waist
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Slab RW, pearloid dots (plastic)
Head
Jazzmaster-style
1 square string retainer
Decal
Transition logo, large model name + "Offset Contour Body
DES. 186,826 PAT. 2,960,900 2,741,146 & PAT.PEND."
Pickguard
3-ply white or pearloid w. 12 screws
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Mustang
Finish
Red, White, Blue
Pick-ups
2 black or white plain-top single coils
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, black plastic knobs on metal control plate
Switching
2 3-position sliding switches
Tuners
Nickel-plated Kluson Deluxe machines with oval plastic buttons
Bridge
6 chrome-plated steel saddles under chrome cover with vibrato
Modifications over the years:
Late '64
"DES. 186,826 PAT. 2,960,900 2,741,146 3,143,028 &
PAT. PEND"
09/'65
"F" on neck plate
Headstock enlarged
Curved RW fingerboard (occasional slab boards until '66)
"F" tuning machines with hexagonal plastic buttons
"DES. 186,826 PAT. 2,960,900 2,741,146 3,143,028
2,817,261 & PAT. PEND."
1967
"Offset body" decal on headstock dropped
"PAT. 2,741,146 2,960,900 3,143,028 3,241,418 DES.
169,062 204,098"
05/'69
Contour body
24" scale only
Competition colours - Burgundy (= blue), Red and Orange gradually replace red, white and blue
Matching headstock with white logo and model designation +
pat. nos.
3-ply white or pearloid pickguard
Late '71 / early
'72
Sunburst finish also available
Competition Orange dropped
Remaining Competition colours now without matching headstock
1972
Black logo
"PAT. 2,741,146 2,960,900 3,241,418 3,143,028
3,290,980 DES. 204,098" on headstock
After 1972
Competition colours phased out
Pearloid pickguards discontinued
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Around 1974
3-ply tortoise (on white) or white (all other finishes) pickguard
2 string guides
Chrome button tuners
Around 1975
All Custom colours abolished
Available finishes are now: Sunburst, Blond, White, Black,
Natural, Walnut
3-ply black pickguard
Black Strat-type knobs
Black vibrato tip
Optional one-piece MN
1976
Serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
Pat.-nos. dropped
1981
Discontinued
10.2 Reissue Models
10.2.1
'69 Mustang
1986 to 1998, based on the 1969 Mustang. After 1998 the guitar was produced
exclusively for the Japanese domestic market. It was once again available from
January 2005 to July 2006. Then it was replaced by the '65 Mustang.
Different features in respect to the original:
Model no.
027-3700, 027-3720 (LH) (Collectable series), Japan
Body
Contoured basswood
Fingerboard
Curved RW board
22 frets
24" scale length
Decal
Black logo + ® + large model name + 'Offset contour body'
Finish
41, 72
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Mustang
Modifications over the years:
1/2005 -
Reintroduced
Model no.: 027-3705
7/2006
10.2.2
Discontinued
Competition Mustang
Produced in 2003 only, identical to 1969 Mustang.
Special features:
Model no.
025-3700 (Classic series), Japan
Body
Contoured basswood
Pickguard
3-ply white pearloid
Finish
Finishes: 02, 09 (both with Racing Stripes)
10.2.3
'65 Mustang
Introduced in July 2006, based on the 1965 Mustang.
Special features:
Model no.
027-3706 (Classic series), Japan
Body
Poplar
Rounded slab
Decal
Gold Transition logo + model name + 'Offset contour body'+
pat. nos.
Pickguard
3-ply white pearloid on 04, 54
4-ply tortoiseshell on 05
Finish
04, 05, 54
Tuners
Vintage-style with plastic buttons
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11 Mustang Bass
This is the bass model complementing the Mustang guitar. It was introduced in mid
1966 as a student or budget instrument, yet it retained the same high quality level
as the Mustang guitar.
The design of the pick-up lies somewhere between the other budget guitars (lipstick shape) and the Precision Bass (split coil layout). The Mustang bass has an
offset-waist body and a metal control-plate similar to that of the Mustang guitar.
Specifications:
Length
41 7/8"
Width
106.36cm
Scale
30"
76.2cm
12 1/4"
Depth
31.12cm
1 1/2"
3.81cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
184mm
11.1 The original model
General Features:
Introduced
Mid-1966
Body
Alder, poplar or mahogany
Rounded slab w. offset waist
Fingerboard
Curved RW
Pearloid dots (plastic)
Head
Precision-style, 1 round string retainer
Decal
Gold Transition logo + 3 pat. nos.
Pickguard
3-ply pearloid or tortoise w. 9 screws
Finish
Red, white, blue
Pick-up
Split-coil; black or white plain-top
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, black plastic knobs on metal control plate
Bridge
4 chrome-plated steel saddles on large base plate
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Mustang Bass
Single rubber mute
Tuners
Fender machines with oval pegs
Modifications over the years:
1969
Contour body
Competition colours - Burgundy (= blue), Red and Orange gradually replace red, white and blue
Matching headstock with white logo and model designation +
pat. nos.
3-ply white or pearloid pickguard
Late '71 / early
'72
Sunburst finish also available
Competition Orange dropped
Remaining Competition colours now without matching headstock
1972
Black logo
After 1972
Competition colours phased out
Pearloid pickguards discontinued (?)
Around 1974
3-ply tortoise (on white) or 3-ply white (all other finishes) pickguard
Thumb rest instead of finger rest
Schaller tuners
Around 1975
All Custom colours abolished
Available finishes are now: Sunburst, Blond, White, Black,
Natural, Walnut
3-ply black pickguard
1976
Black logo, serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
Pat.-nos. dropped
Wine finish added
1977
Black Strat-type knobs
1981
Discontinued
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11.2.1
Mustang Bass
Introduced in July 2002, based on the 1966 Mustang Bass.
Different features in respect to the original:
Model no.
025-3900 (Classic series), Japan
Neck
Width at nut 1.5" (38 mm)
Vintage frets
Pickguard
3-ply white pearloid on 40
4-ply tortoiseshell on 41
Finish
40, 41
The Fender Reference
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290
Stu Hamm Urge Bass
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12 Stu Hamm Urge Bass
Produced from 1992 to 1999 in the USA, this was Fender’s first signature Bass. It
was a blend of Jazz and Precision features, yet with a totally different body shape.
The tonal range of this instrument was very wide due to its having three pick-ups
and active electronics.
Specifications:
Scale
32"
81.3cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.59"
9.5"
40.4 mm
241 mm
General features:
Model no.
019-1400, (Artist Signature series) USA
Body
Alder, downsized offset double-cutaway body
Neck
Special profile
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
Pau ferro, 24 frets
No markers (side dots only)
Head
Slim
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + signature
Pickguard
Laminated white pearloid
Finish
02, 46, 64, 66, with matching headstock
Pick-Ups
2 J-style single coil pick-ups (neck, bridge)
1 P-style split pick-up (mid)
Controls
1 Volume
2 band active EQ with pick-up pan control
Active electronics
Knobs set into body surface
Switches
1 3-position
1 4-position rotary pick-up selector
Tuners
G-B 7, black chrome
The Fender Reference
292
Stu Hamm Urge Bass
Bridge
12.1.1
Gold-plated, string-through-body design
Stu Hamm Urge Standard Bass
The standard version of the Stu Hamm was produced from 1993 to 1999 in Mexico.
Differing features:
Model no.
013-1400, (Artist Signature series) Mexico
Body
Poplar
Fingerboard
RW
Head
Slim, clear-coated
Pickguard
3-ply black
Finish
02, 06, 25, 80
Pick-Ups
2 J-style single coil pick-ups
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
Vintage
12.1.2
Stu Hamm Urge II Bass
The Urge II was introduced in July 1999. It generally resembles the Urge I, yet
there are unmistakable differences. The bass now has the full 34” scale. The body
has been slightly re-shaped, the headstock is no longer that narrow and straight, but
more rounded on the lower side, and the pickguard now covers the whole of the
control area.
Differing features:
Model no.
019-1500, (Artist Signature series) USA
Body
Poplar
Neck
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
Fingerboard
RW
Dot markers
Head
Painted
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + Made in USA' + signature
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Pickguard and
Finishes
3-ply white pearloid on 85, 86
4-ply shell on 00, 06
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Pan pot
3-band active EQ
Switches
1 3-position
Tuners
Schaller Deluxe
Bridge
Deluxe string-through-body or top-loading
Modifications over the years:
2002
Alder body
2003
4-ply white pearloid or 4-ply shell pickguard
The Fender Reference
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294
Stu Hamm Urge Bass
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13 Roscoe Beck V Bass
The Roscoe Beck Bass is not ostensibly based on any of the existing Fender models. Nevertheless, it betrays its origins. The body shape is somewhere between the
Precision and the Jazz Bass and the headstock is in fact identical to that of a 5string Jazz Bass.
Specifications:
Scale
34"
86.4cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.875"
9.5"
1.875"
241 mm
Produced from 1995 to 2006.
General features:
Model no.
019-6500, (Artist Signature series) USA
Body
Alder
Neck
Maple; asymmetrical oval shape
Graphite-reinforced
6-bolt fastening
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
Fingerboard
Pau ferro, 22 frets
Dot markers
Head
Jazz Bass V style
Decal
Spaghetti logo + model name + "Made in USA" + signature
Pickguard
3-ply mint green
Finish
00, 09, 44, 45, with matching headstock
Pick-Ups
2 specially designed humbuckers
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone; knurled chrome knobs
Switches
1 3-way sliding switch
2 3-way mini switches (coil selector)
1 push/push mid-shaping switch
Tuners
Standard
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Roscoe Beck V Bass
Bridge
Heavy brass top-loading or string-through-body
Variant:
Roscoe Beck IV Bass
The 4-string version of the Roscoe Beck Bass was introduced in January 2004.
First considered merely a minor variant, it replaced the 5-string version altogether
after 2006.
Special features:
Model no.
019-6400/2
Fingerboard
RW or MN
1.5" width at nut (3.81 cm)
Pickguard
3-ply parchment
Finishes
00, 02, 38, 39, 42
Tuners
Hipshot ultralight with drop-D tuner
Bridge
Fender locking convertible bridge
Modifications over the years:
2005
Finish 39 deleted
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14 Jaguar Bass
Introduced in January 2006.
The Jaguar Bass is a new model based on the Jaguar guitar's body shape and overall optics. There are two pick-ups similar to those of the Jazz Bass, and three
chrome control plates adjoining the pickguard. The sound of the Jaguar Bass can
be described as being similar to that of the Standard Jazz Bass but with more punch
due to the newly designed pick-ups and active circuitry.
Specifications
Scale
34"
Neck width saddle
86.4 cm
1.5"
Fretboard radius
38 mm
General features:
Model no.
025-9505 (Special Editions Series), Japan
Body
Alder
Jaguar-style shape but with longer upper horn
Neck
Thin C-shape
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
RW, block position markers, no binding
Head
Clear-coated or Hot Rod Red
Decal
Black (on 00) or Silver (on 15) logo + ® + 'Jaguar Bass'
Pickguard
3-ply white
Finish
06, 15
Pick-ups
2 Vintage Jazz Bass single coils
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone; old-style black plastic knobs
1 preamp treble, 1 preamp bass; black roller knobs
Switching
1 preamp on/off sliding switch
2 Pickup-on/off sliding switches
1 series/parallel sliding switch
The Fender Reference
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Jaguar Bass
Tuners
Vintage early '70s style
Bridge
Standard
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15 TC-90 Thinline
Introduced in January 2004, this set-neck guitar features a semi-hollow, doublecutaway ash body and smoked-chrome hardware. In fact it looks like a Tele
Thinline with a symmetrical body.
Specifications:
Scale
25 ½"
64.8 cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.625"
9.5"
241 mm
General features:
Model no.
026-2300 (Special Editions Series), Korea
Body
Ash
Neck
Modern C-shape
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
RW, graphite nut
Head
Telecaster-style, matching colour
Decal
Chrome logo + ®, no model name
Pickguard
3-ply black, 6 screws
Finish
41, 61
Pick-ups
2 Seymour Duncan single coils
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, knurled dome knobs
Switching
3-way toggle switch
Jack socket in body edge
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
Adjusto-Matic with separate stop tailpiece
The Fender Reference
300
So-Cal Speed Shop Guitar
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16 So-Cal Speed Shop Guitar
Introduced in January 2005.
This model was inspired by a one-off guitar of the same name made by the Custom
Shop. Contrary to the CS guitar which featured more conventional Stratocaster
details (e.g. 3 pick-ups, 3 knobs, the Strat tremolo and the typical jack ferrule), the
Korean version has a slimmed down body shape without comfort contours, only
one pick-up and knob, and the jack socket positioned in the body edge.
Specifications:
Scale
34"
86.4 cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.5"
15.75”
38 mm
400 mm
General features:
Model no.
026-5200 (Special Editions Series), Korea
Body
Basswood
Neck
C-shape
Width at nut 1.625",
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, painted, 22 Jumbo Frets
Graphite Nut
Side dot markers only
Head
Matching colour
2 string retainers
Decal
Silver Spaghetti-style logo + ®
Finish
(550) red, white and black Speed Shop design
Pickguard
none
Pick-Ups
1 Humbucker in bridge position
Finish
1 Volume; dome speed metal knob
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
6-saddles, strings-through-body design
The Fender Reference
302
So-Cal Speed Shop Guitar
Specials
So-Cal Speed Shop Decal on Front of Body
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Part II
Models no longer in Production
(pre-CBS and CBS eras)
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17 Musicmaster
The Duo-Sonic and the Musicmaster were introduced in mid 1956 (first production
run of Musicmasters in May 1956), and were very similar to each other. The only
difference between these two models is in the Duo-Sonic having two pick-ups, and
the Musicmaster only one.
Both models were so-called student guitars, instruments mainly aimed at beginners
and players on a low budget. Thus they were fairly basic with regard to their features and the materials used for production.
In 1964, when the Mustang was introduced, both the Musicmaster and the DuoSonic received a face-lift that made them look a lot fresher and more stylish. The
body shape was adapted to that of the Mustang with its offset waist, and the controls were placed, together with the jack socket, on separate metal plates adjoining
the re-shaped pickguard.
To document these changes, the two student models had a roman numeral added to
their names turning them into the Duo-Sonic II and Musicmaster II, respectively.
Specifications:
Length
39½"
Width
100.33cm 12¼"
Scale
22½"
57.15cm
Depth
30.5cm
1½"
3.81cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
184mm
General Features:
Body
Poplar, rounded slab
Neck
One-piece MN, V-shaped
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
21 frets
Head
Strat-style
1 square string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo + small model name in quotation marks
The Fender Reference
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Musicmaster
Pickguard
Gold anodized aluminium w. 8 screws
Finish
Desert Sand with no clear coat
Pick-ups
1 single coil PU w. white housing
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, flat-top metal knobs
Tuners
Nickel-plated "single-line" Kluson safety slot machines with
plastic buttons
Bridge
3 steel saddles under chrome cover
Differences in the very first production run Musicmasters (04/'56)
Body
Ash, rounded slab
Pickguard
Black sheet metal
Tuners
Single (blank) line Kluson tuners
Modifications over the years:
Late '56
Alder body
1958
Threaded bridge saddles
Nut width changed to 1 1/2"
Early 1959
Rounder neck profile
07-09/'59
Tan finish replaces Desert Sand
Slab RW fingerboard, clay dots
Oval neck profile
Single layer thick white pickguard with 12 screws, brown
pickup cover
Mid 1961
'PAT 2,573,254' added to headstock decal
Late '61/early '62
Optional sunburst finish (maroon-red-yellow)
Early '62
Tan finish dropped
07/'62
Curved fingerboard
1963
Sunburst finish phased out; white now standard w. tortoise
guards and white pickup covers
Neck profile fuller and more rounded, thicker headstock
Dots at XII. fret closer together
Small numbers finished in Red Mahogany with white guards
and black PU cover
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08/'64
Re-design towards Mustang style:
Offset body shape
Enlarged headstock (somewhere between Jazzmaster and
CBS-Stratocaster)
Dots at XII. fret a bit farther apart again
Red, white or blue finish
3-ply pickguard, pearloid (red and blue finish) or tortoise
(white finish), 11 screws + 1 in centre
White pick-up cap (with tortoise guard) or black (with pearloid
guard)
Black plastic knobs on metal control plate
New bridge
Additional 24" scale length (= 61cm), 22 fret neck
Gold Transition logo + 'PAT. 2,573,254 3,143,028' (shortly
replaced by 3 pat. nos.), 'II' added to name
Double line Kluson Deluxe tuners with plastic buttons
Enlarged bridge
02/'65
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard changes to plastic
09/'65
'F' on neck plate
Occasional RW slab board (until '66)
1968
Musicmaster II renamed Music Master
Black logo and large Model designation + pat. nos.
22 ½" version dropped
Pickguard white, pearloid or tortoise three-ply
Fender safety-slot tuning machines (by Schaller)
ca.1972
Tortoise pickguard and white pickup cover discontinued
ca.1975
Black or white finish
1976
Serial no. on headplate + 'made in USA', renamed Musicmaster (one word)
Pat.-nos. dropped
3-ply black pickguard w. 11 +1 in centre
Metal control plate retained
Tuning keys with metal buttons
Later in 1976
Black Bronco-style pickguard (15 screws)
No metal control plate
Black Strat-type knobs
1977
Black, White or Wine finish
1981
Discontinued
The Fender Reference
308
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18 Duo-Sonic
Introduced in summer 1956. See the chapter on the Musicmaster for a complete
introduction.
Specifications:
Length
39½"
Width
100.33cm 12¼"
Scale
22½"
57.15cm
Depth
30.5cm
1½"
3.81cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
184mm
18.1 The original model
General Features:
Body
Poplar, rounded slab
Neck
One-piece MN, V-shaped
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
21 frets
Head
Strat-style
1 square string retainer
Decal
Gold Spaghetti logo + small model name in quotation marks
Pickguard
Gold anodized aluminium w. 8 screws
Finish
Desert Sand with no clear coat
Pick-ups
2 single coil PUs w. white housing
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, flat-top metal knobs
Switching
1 3-position toggle switch
Tuners
Nickel-plated "single-line" Kluson safety slot machines with
plastic buttons
Bridge
3 steel saddles under chrome cover
The Fender Reference
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Duo-Sonic
Modifications over the years:
Late '56
Alder body
1958
Threaded bridge saddles
Nut width changed to 1 1/2"
Early 1959
Rounder neck profile
07-09/'59
Tan finish replaces Desert Sand
Slab RW fingerboard, clay dots
Oval neck profile
Single layer thick white pickguard with 12 screws, brown
pickup cover
Mid 1961
'PAT 2,573,254' added to headstock decal
Late '61/early '62
Optional sunburst finish (maroon-red-yellow)
Early '62
Tan finish dropped
07/'62
Curved fingerboard
1963
Sunburst finish phased out; white now standard w. tortoise
guards and white pickup covers
Neck profile fuller and more rounded, thicker headstock
Dots at XII. fret closer together
Small numbers finished in Red Mahogany with white guards
and black PU covers
08/'64
Redesign towards Mustang style:
Offset body shape
Enlarged headstock (somewhere between Jazzmaster and
CBS-Stratocaster)
Dots at XII. fret a bit farther apart again
Red, white or blue finish
3-ply pickguard, pearloid (red and blue finish) or tortoise
(white finish), 11 screws + 1 in centre
White pick-up caps (with tortoise guard) or black (with pearloid
guard)
Black plastic knobs on metal control plate
2 3-way-sliding switches
Both pickups slanted
New bridge
Additional 24" scale length (= 61cm), 22 fret neck
Gold Transition logo + 'PAT. 2,573,254 3,143,028' (shortly
replaced by 3 pat. nos.), 'II' added to name
Double line Kluson Deluxe tuners with plastic buttons
Enlarged bridge
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02/'65
Pearloid dots on fingerboard (slightly bigger than clay dots)
Pickguard changes to plastic
09/'65
'F' on neck plate
Occasional RW slab board (until '66)
1968
Discontinued
18.2 Reissues
Duo-Sonic
1993 to 1997, based on the '56 Duo-Sonic.
Different Features in respect to the original:
Model no.
013-0202 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Body
Poplar
Width = 12" (30.5cm)
Neck
Scale length = 22.7" (577mm)
Width at nut = 1.635" (41.5mm)
Fingerboard
Maple, 9.5" radius (= 241mm)
20 frets
Pickguard
1-ply white w. 12 screws
Pick-up
2 single coil PUs, slanted, w. white housing (pole-pieces visible)
Controls
1 V, 1 T, white Strat-style knobs
1 3-position toggle switch
Finish
06, 56, 80
Tuners
Standard, covered
Bridge
Vintage "Bronco" non-trem
Serial no.
On neck heel
The Fender Reference
311
312
Electric XII
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19 Electric XII
Fender's electric 12-string came just a little too late to take full advantage of the
'60s 12-string craze. It was a purpose-built 12-string electric guitar, meaning that it
was not based on any of the models produced at the time. The body was, however,
similar in shape to the Jaguar/Jazzmaster. The headstock was also something special, having a shape similar to a hockey stick.
The guitar had a very sophisticated bridge design allowing each of the 12 strings to
be adjusted individually in height and intonation. The two pick-ups installed
looked like those of the Mustang Bass of the following year (a mixture between the
lipstick shape of Fender's budget guitars and the split coil layout of the Precision
Bass). The circuit consisted of master volume and tone controls plus a 4-way rotary
switch for the usual choice of pick-up combinations plus a tone-preset.
In spite of its sound design, the Electric XII enjoyed a rather limited success, much
less in any case than Fender had anticipated. So when production of the model was
shelved after four years, there was a large number of surplus parts left. But trust the
CBS people to find a way how to get rid of those (see below).
Specifications:
Length
Width
14"
Scale
25 ½"
Depth
35.5cm
Neck width saddle
64.8cm
1 5/8"
4.13cm
Fretboard radius
7.25"
General Features:
Introduced
Late 1965
Body
Alder, contoured with offset waist
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Curved RW, pearloid dots
Head
Hockey stick shape
1 large string retainer
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Electric XII
Decal
Gold Transition logo + "PAT 3,143,028 2,960,900 3,177,283 &
Pat. Pend."
Pickguard
Laminated tortoiseshell or white pearl, 12 screws
Finish
3-tone sunburst + Custom colours
Pick-ups
2 split coil PUs, black plain-top
Controls
1 V, 1 T; silver-top amp knobs, and jack socket on metal control plate
Switching
1 4-way rotary switch
Tuners
Nickel-plated Kluson safety slot machines
Bridge
12 nickel plated steel saddles
String-through-body-design
Modifications over the years:
Late '65
Bound fingerboard
Thicker neck
Mid '66
pearl block fingerboard markers
07/'68
TV logo + ®
"F" style tuning machines
1969
Discontinued
Minor Variant:
Custom
Produced in 1969 and 1970 from left-over stock of 'Electric XII" parts.
The Custom model was devised by long time Fender employee Virgilio "Babe"
Simoni as a method to use up necks and bodies left over from the Electric XII
model. The twelve-string pegheads were refitted for six strings, and the bodies
were recarved into a different design. Something was taken off the upper cutaway
horn, and a curve was milled into the lower part of the body, which gave the guitar
a futuristic or silly look – depending on your taste. Some of the guitars used purpose-built necks. The Custom model was originally to be named the "Maverick",
which appears on some pegheads. Simoni estimated production to be around 600 to
800 completed pieces.
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Features differing from the Electric XII:
Body
Pointed lower end, reshaped upper horn
Head
Slightly shortened peghead
Decal
Black logo with model designation "Custom" or "Maverick"
Pickguard
Laminated tortoiseshell only
Finish
Sunburst only
Backside of body black
Bridge
Mustang-style vibrato bridge
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20 Bass V
The Bass V was introduced in 1965, shortly after CBS had taken over the Fender
company. The instrument has the normal 34" long scale but a rather short neck
with only 15 frets, presumably for stability reasons. The intention was to make
access to higher notes quicker by being able to reach them across the strings rather
than along the neck.
The idea was sound, yet the instrument didn't catch on.
Specifications:
Length
Scale
34"
Width
Depth
14"
1 ¾"
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
86.4cm
7.25"
4.45cm
184mm
General Features:
Introduced
1965
Body
Contoured alder
Offset waist
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW
Pearloid dots
Head
1 string retainer for D, G, C strings
Decal
Gold Transition logo + large model name in quotation marks +
pat. nos. + "offset contour body"
Pickguard
Tortoise- or 3-ply white, 13 + 1 screws
Finish
3-tone sunburst or Custom colours
Pick-ups
1 split coil PU, black, plain-top with rounded ends
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, black silver-top knobs, and jack socket, all
on metal control plate
Tuners
Kluson safety slot machines
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Bass V
Bridge
String-through-body-style with 5-bridges
Modifications over the years:
Early 1966
Bound fingerboard
Mid 1966
Pearloid block markers
1967
Optional maple fingerboard with black binding and black
block markers
07/'68
Black "TV" logo + ®
Early 1971
Discontinued
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21 Marauder
The Marauder was an abortive project. It appeared in the 1965/1966 catalogue but
never made it into a sales room. The decision to drop the model was obviously
made at a time when the catalogues had already gone to the printers.
There are two different kinds of prototypes in existence. Both have the same body
shape, a kind of offset-waist Stratocaster style, and the Jazzmaster's electrical layout with a separate rhythm circuit.
Specifications:
Scale
25 ½"
Neck width saddle
64.8cm
Fretboard radius
7.25"
184mm
21.1 The Version I prototypes
Fender's 1965/1966 catalogue featured two Marauder guitars, one in sunburst and
one in Ice Blue Metallic with a matching headstock. Both of these have four pickups concealed under the pickguard, bound fingerboards with block markers, and
Strat-style vibrato units.
There is no certain proof as to whether these were the only specimens in existence.
According to unconfirmed rumours, however, a small number of production models were built for sale to dealers.
General Features:
Introduced
1965
Body
Alder
Asymmetrical double-cutaway shape; offset waist
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Bound RW
rd
st
Block inlays (3 to 21 fret)
Head
Jaguar-style
Decal
Gold Transition logo without any model name
Pickguard
3-ply white
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320
Marauder
Finish
Sunburst or Custom colours (w. matching headstock)
Pick-ups
4 single coil PUs, concealed beneath the pickguard
Controls &
Switching
On three separate metal control plates:
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
Strat-style with or without vibrato
1: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, amplifier knobs and jack socket
2: 4 2-way sliding switches
3: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, black roller knobs, and 1 2-way sliding
switch, black
21.2 The Version II prototypes
Eight units of this version were built, allegedly in 1966. These guitars, designed
by Gene Fields, have a Stratocaster-style pick-up layout and a Mustang-style vibrato unit. Compared to the version I prototypes, the metal control plates on these
guitars are larger, occupying more of the pickguard area. Distributed over these
metal control plates there are, in addition to the customary pots, a total of seven 2way rocker-type switches.
The first of the eight instruments had a unique headstock design which would later
reappear on the Starcaster. This one together with three other instruments had the
normal fret layout while the remaining four had slanted frets to make chording
easier.
General Features:
st
th
Fingerboard
Bound with block markers (1 – 19 fret)
Head
CBS Strat-style
Decal
Gold Transition logo without any model name
Pickguard
4-ply tortoise or 4-ply white
Pick-Ups
3 single coils (bridge slanted)
Controls
On three separate metal control plates:
1: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, amplifier knobs, 1 white 2-way switch,
jack socket
2: 5 2-way switches
3: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, black roller knobs, and 1 2-way switch
Bridge
Mustang-style
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22 Coronado
Semi-solid guitars were highly favoured in the mid-'60s, and the Coronado line of
guitars and basses was an attempt to invade this market. These were the first electric-acoustics produced by Fender, a brand which had previously always been a
synonym for solid-body instruments. Certainly the success of Gibson's ES line and
the semi-acoustics from other manufacturers prompted CBS to try and stake out
new land.
Unfortunately, the customers didn't catch on to the Coronados. Fender did a lot to
promote this line, they introduced more models in the following years and even
offered weird finishes such as the Wildwoods, which were made of rainbowcoloured wood, an effect achieved by injecting dyes into beech trees during
growth. But all this didn't help increase the sales figures. So, in 1971 the last models were finally dropped.
The Coronado guitars and basses were true hollow-body electrics as they didn't
have a solid wood blocking under the top. The shape of the instruments was conventional with equal cutaways, the tops were laminated and slightly arched with
large f-holes, and the necks were screwed on true to Fender tradition. The whole
line of instruments was designed by German luthier Roger Rossmeisl and built in
Fender's separate acoustic guitar plant.
Specifications:
Length
Width
16 1/8"
Scale
25 ½"
Depth
40.96 cm
Neck width saddle
64.8cm
1 11/16"
4.27 cm
Fretboard radius
7.25"
184 mm
22.1 Coronado I
General Features:
Introduced
Announced in November 1965
Body
2-piece laminated maple top and back, laminated maple
sides
The Fender Reference
322
Coronado
Bound edges (optional checkered binding)
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW; pearloid dots
Head
Large rounded; black
1 square string retainer
Decal
Gold Transition logo + model designation + pat. nos.
Pickguard
White or gold laminated floating pickguard
Finish
Sunburst, Cherry
Pick-ups
1 DeArmond single coil in neck position
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black silver-top knobs
Tuners
Fender tuners (Coronado I with plastic pegs)
Bridge
Rosewood bridge with "F"-tailpiece or 6-saddle metal-top
bridge w. vibrato tailpiece
Optional tune-o-matic bridge / vibrato tailpiece
Variant:
Coronado II
The two-pickup version was introduced at the same time as the Coronado I.
Differing Features:
Body
Bound f-holes
Fingerboard
Bound RW; pearloid block markers
Pick-ups
2 DeArmond single coils in neck position
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, black silver-top knobs
Switching
1 3-way toggle switch (PU select)
Bridge
6-saddle metal-top bridge w. "F"-tailpiece or full-metal Bridge
with roller saddles and vibrato tailpiece; metal Bridge cover
Coronado XII
The twelve-string version was introduced in September 1966 and was based on the
two-pickup Coronado II.
Differing Features:
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"Hockeystick" head
1 large string retainer
Bridge
6- or 12-saddle metal-top bridge w. metal cover, separate "F"tailpiece
Modifications over the years:
1967
Antigua and Wildwood I – VI finishes introduced for Coronado II and XII guitars:
Pearl tuner buttons
3-ply Antigua or white (for Wildwood) pickguards with inscription
6-saddle bridge with vibrato-tailpiece only
After 1969
Coronado I, II, XII and Wildwood discontinued
1971
Antigua Coronado discontinued
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23 Coronado Bass
The Coronado Bass was identical in its overall shape and layout to the Coronado
guitars. The single-pickup Coronado Bass I was introduced in 1966, and the twopickup version followed less than a year later.
The control layout was straightforward with volume and tone controls for each
pick-up and, in the case of the Coronado Bass II, a 3-way selecor switch.
Like the Coronado guitars, the basses also weren't much of a commercial success.
The Bass II was offered in Antigua and Wildwood finishes to boost sales but these
models only lasted for a couple of years.
Specifications:
Length
Width
16 1/8"
Scale
30"
76.2 cm
Depth
40.96cm
1 11/16"
4.27 cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
41.275 mm
184 mm
23.1 Coronado Bass I
General Features:
Introduced
Announced in September 1966
Body
2-piece laminated maple top and back, laminated maple sides
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW; pearloid dot markers
Head
Large rounded
1 round string retainer
Decal
Gold Transition logo, model designation, and pat. nos.
Pickguard
None
2 thumb rests
Finish
Sunburst, Cherry, or Custom Colours
Matching or black peghead
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Coronado Bass
Pick-up
1 DeArmond single-coil in neck position
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black silver-top knobs
Bridge
One-piece wooden bridge, separate F-tailpiece
Tuners
Fender tuners with oval pegs
Differences in earliest specimens (prototypes):
Fingerboard
Bound RW; pearloid block markers
Decal
Gold Transition logo, no model designation
Pickguard
White or gold laminated floating pickguard
Bridge
One-piece metal
Different tailpiece
Variant:
Coronado Bass II
General Features:
Introduced
Announced in July 1967
Body
2-piece laminated maple top and back, laminated maple
sides, bound f-holes
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Bound RW; pearloid block markers
Head
Large rounded
1 round string retainer
Decal
Gold Transition logo, model designation, and pat. nos.
Pickguard
None
2 thumb rests
Finish
Sunburst, Cherry, or Custom Colours
Matching or black peghead
Pick-ups
2 DeArmond single-coils
2 Volume, 2 Tone, black silver-top knobs
Switching
1 3 way-toggle switch
Bridge
One-piece wooden bridge
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Separate F-tailpiece
Tuners
Fender tuners with oval pegs
Modifications over the years:
1967
Optional Antigua and Wildwood I - VI finishes (Bass II)
After 1969
Coronado Bass I, Coronado Bass II and Wildwood Coronado
Bass discontinued
1971
Antigua Coronado Bass discontinued
The Fender Reference
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24 Bronco
Introduced in 1967.
The Bronco had the same body and neck as the Mustang, but it was fitted with only
one pickup in the bridge position, and had a different, cheaper vibrato mechanism.
Unlike Fender's other students guitars of the same period, the Bronco was only
offered with a 24" scale length and only in one colour (red). It was usually marketed together with the Bronco amp.
Specifications:
Length
39½"
Width
100.33cm 12¼"
Scale
24"
61cm
Depth
30.5cm
1½"
3.81cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1½"
7.25"
3.81cm
Special Features:
Neck
Scale length = 24" only
22 frets
Decal
TV logo + large model designation
Pickguard
3-ply white, large, 15 screws
Finish
Red
Pick-ups
1 single coil with black housing
Controls
Silver black-top knobs
Bridge
Bridge-vibrato unit
Modifications over the years:
ca.1975
Black or white finish
1976
Serial no. on headplate + 'made in USA'
3-ply black pickguard with 15 screws
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Bronco
Tuning keys with metal buttons
Black Strat-type knobs
1980
Discontinued
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25 LTD
The Ltd was introduced in 1968 as CBS/Fender's entry into the archtop jazz guitar
market. It was to prove that Fender was capable of producing a highly crafted,
handmade, unique jazz guitar to stand up to the established archtops of the day. A
special feature of this guitar was its screwed-on neck, something very unusual on
the jazz guitar sector.
According to Philip Kubicki who worked together with the German luthier Roger
Rossmeisl on these guitars, only 36 instruments were produced. All were finished
in sunburst even though natural was also offered in the catalogue.
Specifications:
Length
42 ¾"
Width
108.59cm 17"
Scale
25 1/2"
Depth
43.18cm
Neck width saddle
5 ½"
13.97cm
Fretboard radius
64.8cm
General Features:
Introduced
1968
Body
Hollow figured maple with single round cutaway
Arched bound spruce top
f-holes without binding
Neck
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
Fingerboard
Bound ebony fingerboard
pearl diamond-in-block inlays
Head
Bound black with pearl logo inlay
3-on-a-side tuners
Pickguard
Laminated tortoiseshell floating pickguard
Finish
Sunburst
Pick-Ups
1 humbucking pick-up on the pickguard
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, and jack socket all on pickguard
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LTD
Bridge
Adjustable ebony bridge
Metal trapeze tailpiece with ebony insert w. pearl "F"
Tuners
Tuners with pearl buttons
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
Discontinued
1974
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26 Montego
While the LTD was the top-of-the-class model with no holes drilled through the
body surface (apart from the f-holes of course), the two Montego models were one
step down. They were true hollow-body guitars all right, but the pick-ups and
knobs were installed in the body surface. And this body surface was not made of
carved but of pressed solid spruce.
Of the Montego II, only 23 instruments were produced all in all. The two models
were listed in the sales material from 1967 until 1974.
Specifications:
Length
42 ¾"
Width
108.59cm 17"
Scale
25 1/2"
Depth
43.18cm
Neck width saddle
5 ½"
13.97cm
Fretboard radius
64.8cm
General Features:
Introduced
1968
Body
Hollow figured maple with single round cutaway
Bound f-holes
Bound spruce top
Neck
3-piece maple/mahogany/maple neck
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
Fingerboard
Bound ebony fingerboard
pearl diamond-in-block inlays
Head
Bound black with pearl logo inlay
3-on-a-side tuners
Pickguard
Laminated black floating pickguard
Finish
Sunburst, Natural
Controls
Black silver-top knobs in the body surface
Side-mounted jack socket
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Montego
Bridge
Adjustable ebony bridge
Metal trapeze tailpiece with ebony insert w. pearl "F"
Tuners
Tuners with pearl buttons
Specials
Chrome hardware
Model variants:
Montego I
Special features
1 Humbucker
1 Volume, 1Tone controls
Montego II
Special features
2 Humbuckers
2 Volume, 2 Tone controls
1 3-way selector
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27 Telecaster Bass
The Telecaster Bass can be considered as Fender's first vintage reissue – well, sort
of. It was by no means identical to the original early '50s Precision Bass which it
was modelled after. The major specifications were indeed all there: the slab body,
the narrow headstock, the single-coil pick-up, and the two-saddle strings-throughbody bridge. Other features, however, were different such as the white pickguard
and the separate (maple) fingerboard.
Anyway, the Telecaster Bass was the first hint of vintage consciousness, something
that would become enormously popular one decade later. Unfortunately, at the
time it was introduced, the Telecaster Bass was not so popular as Fender had expected it to be. Maybe that was the main reason behind the redesign the bass received in the early '70s. In a similar way as the Telecaster Thinline, the Telecaster
Bass was equipped with the then newly designed tilt-neck and bullet truss rod, and
the single-coil pick-up was replaced by a humbucker. The pickguard was reshaped
accordingly, omitting the separate metal control plate.
Some of the prototypes have different features from later production models. These
include a Transition logo with the model name written in two lines, white one-ply
pickguards with 7 screws, and the old-time tulip-shaped tuners.
Specifications:
Length
45 5/8"
Width
115.89cm
Scale
34"
86.4cm
Depth
13"
33cm
1 3/4"
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 3/4"
7.25"
4.45cm
General Features:
Introduced
May 1968
Body
Ash slab body
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
Maple fingerboard, black dots
Head
Small
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Telecaster Bass
1 round string retainer
Decal
TV logo with large model name, no pat.-nos.
Pickguard
White vinyl, 11 screws
Finger rest
Finish
Blond or Custom colours
Pick-ups
Single coil with flat pole-pieces
Chrome cover
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, dome speed metal knobs on metal control
plate
Jack socket at the edge of the body
Tuners
Fender forward rotating tuners with oval pegs
Bridge
2 steel saddles under chrome cover
String-through-body design (smaller ferrules than original '51
Precision Bass)
Modifications over the years:
Late 1968
Transition logo, small model designation + "PAT 2,573,254"
Clover-shaped tuner pegs
One-piece MN
3-ply white pickguard w. 11 screws (no bevelled edges)
Optional Pink Paisley and Blue Floral finishes (- 1969)
02/'72
Tilt neck with 3-screw fastening
Bullet truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Gold Transition logo, small model designation + "PAT
2,968,204"
3-ply white pickguard w. 15 screws
1 humbucking pick-up with chrome housing
1 Volume, 1 Tone, flat top metal knobs on the pickguard
1974
3-ply black pickguard 15 screws (3-ply white as an accessory)
Finger rest changes to thumb rest, 2 screws
1976
Black logo, bold model designation with wording "Made in
USA", PAT no. dropped
Serial no. on headstock
Schaller tuners with shorter shaft
1977
Precision-style bridge w. four saddles, strings top-loaded
09/'79
Discontinued
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28 Swinger
Also called Musiclander or Arrow unofficially, this guitar was an attempt to make
money from unused factory stock. The Swinger was made from left-over Musicmaster, Duo-Sonic and Mustang necks and Bass V bodies.
The top horn of the body was chopped off at an angle, and the bottom was radically scooped out into a semicircle. Contouring was added front and back. An
additional route was made for the placement of the student single-coil pickup.
The headstocks were also altered, cutting right through the circular end, thus forming an arrow-like shape. The pickguard and hardware features of the Swinger were
adopted from the Musicmaster, as was the circuitry: 1 pick-up in the neck position,
1 volume and 1 tone control, together with the jack socket on a metal control plate.
To promote sales, the Swinger was not only offered in the 'student' colours (red,
white and blue), but in virtually every colour option available at the time.
Contrary to the Fender logo, the Swinger decal was applied on the headstock on
top of the clear-coating, a method which resulted over the years in the decal being
lost or removed from most of the Swinger headstocks.
Only 250 - 300 units of this guitar were produced in 1969, and the model was
never officially advertised.
Specifications:
Length
Width
Depth
1 3/4"
Scale
22½"
57.15cm
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1½"
7.25"
3.81cm
General Features:
Body
Contoured alder
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW
Head
Arrow-shaped
The Fender Reference
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Swinger
1 string retainer
Decal
Black logo + ® + 'Swinger' in flashy lettering (on top of the
finish)
Pickguard
3-ply pearloid, 11 + 1 screws
Finish
Red, white, blue + Custom colours
Pick-ups
1 single-coil in neck position
Black plastic housing without protruding pole-pieces
Controls
1 V, 1 T, black knobs on metal control plate
Tuners
Nickel-plated Kluson safety slot machines with plastic buttons
Bridge
3 nickel plated steel saddles under chrome cover
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29 Musicmaster Bass
The introduction of the Duo-Sonic and Musicmaster guitars in 1956 made it possible for amateur musicians on a budget to afford an original Fender guitar.
When the Mustang guitar and bass were added to the line in 1964 and 1966 respectively, they filled a gap at what could be called the intermediate level – players
who were experienced but not yet proficient. Through this breaking up the clientele
into certain levels, it became apparent that something was missing: an entry level
bass.
So in 1970 Fender finally came up with a real beginner's bass. The Musicmaster
Bass is in principle a simplified variant of the Mustang Bass. The overall silhouette
is identical, yet the instruments differ in a number of details. The body of the Musicmaster Bass was made of cheaper woods, and it had no comfort contours. The
pickguard was made of one piece of laminated plastic which also covered the control area so that there was no separate control plate. The pick-up was a simple (sixmagnet!) single-coil, and the hardware in general was cheaper than that of the
Mustang Bass.
Specifications:
Length
41 7/8"
Width
37.78cm
Scale
30"
76.2cm
12 1/4"
Depth
30.5cm
1 1/2"
3.81cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
General Features:
Introduced
1970
Body
Alder, poplar or mahogany
Rounded slab w. offset waist
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW
Pearloid dots (plastic)
Head
Precision-style
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Musicmaster Bass
1 round string retainer
Decal
Silver Transition logo + ® + model name in small lettering
Pickguard
3-ply white w. 8 screws
Black finger rest w. 2 screws
Finish
Red, White, Blue
Pick-Ups
1 single coil in black plastic housing
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone; black plastic knobs
Bridge
2 nickel plated steel saddles
Tuners
Cheap imported tuners
Modifications over the years:
ca.1973
Finger rest replaced by thumb rest
11 pickguard screws
1976
Serial no. on headplate + 'made in USA'
Black or White finish
3-ply black pickguard w. 9 screws
Black Strat-type knobs
Fender tuning keys
1977
Wine finish added
1981
Discontinued
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30 Starcaster
Introduced in 1976.
The Starcaster was another attempt of CBS/Fender to penetrate into the semi-solid
market, which was (and still is) dominated by Gibson's ES-335 and similar designs.
The Starcaster had a unique headstock design, with a painted bottom curve. It was
also unusual for a semi-hollow guitar to have an asymmetrical ("offset") body, a
bolt-on one-piece MN and Fender's traditional six-on-a-side tuning pegs. So success was limited and the model was dropped after only four years of production.
Specifications:
Length
42"
Width
106.68cm
Scale
25 1/2"
64.8cm
Depth
15 3/4"
40cm
1 3/4"
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
184mm
General Features:
Introduced
1976
Body
Bound maple semi-hollow
Offset-waist design w. 2 f-holes
Neck
One-piece MN, round
Black dots
Tilt neck with 3 screw-fastening
Bullet truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Head
Very large
1 large string retainer
Decal
Black logo + ® + model name
Pickguard
3-ply black floating
Finish
Tobacco Sunburst, Natural, Walnut, Black, White, Blond
Pick-ups
2 Humbucking PUs in metal covers
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Starcaster
Controls
1 Master Volume, 2 Volume, 2 Tone, black silver-skirted
knobs
1 3-way toggle switch
Bridge
6 steel saddles in heavy-duty bridge
Tuners
Fender tuners
Modifications over the years:
Mid 1976
Serial no. on headplate + "made in USA"
ca. 1977
Black Strat-type knobs
1980
Discontinued
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31 Lead
Although the Lead models are often referred to as student guitars, they were never
described as such anywhere in Fender's marketing materials. Maybe it was the
unprepossessing look of these guitars that made people think they were intended as
budget models. But the Lead I, II and III were fine guitars with a distinctive sound.
Unfortunately they were introduced at a time of considerable changes at Fender.
Costs had to be reduced and the quality of the products raised at the same time.
That's why, before they even had the chance to prove their qualities, the Lead guitars were dropped from the line in 1983.
Although the body shape of the Lead models was in the Stratocaster's tradition, it
was quite unique and only slightly asymmetrical. Deep cutaways gave access until
the 21st fret. The headstock was narrower than that of the standard Stratocaster and
more like that of The Strat which was to come the following year.
Circuit-wise, these guitars were very sophisticated and offered many different
sound variations without being as complicated as the Jazzmaster and Jaguar had
been with their separate circuits. Depending on which model you have at hand,
there are a number of small switches on the Lead guitars for coil-splitting or phasereversal as well as pickup selection.
Specifications:
Length
39"
Width
99cm
Scale
25 ½"
64.8 cm
12 3/4"
Depth
32.5cm
1 3/4"
4.45cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1 5/8"
7.25"
4.13cm
General Features:
Introduced
Lead I and Lead II in June 1979
Lead III in September 1981
Body
Ash or alder, deeply contoured
Neck
Soft V- or C-shape
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
MN or RW, 21 medium jumbo frets
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Lead
Pearloid or black dots
Head
Small Strat-style
2 square string retainers
Decal
Silver logo + serial no. + model name + large roman numeral
+ "Made in USA"
Pickguard
3-ply black pickguard w. 11 screws
Finish
Black, Wine
Tuners
Schaller F tuners
Bridge
Strat-style hardtail bridge with die-cast saddles
Model variants:
Lead I
Special features:
1 Humbucker, black, 12 pole-pieces
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black Strat-style knobs
1 3-way metal switch (single coil, both coils, single coil)
1 2-way metal switch (humbucker series/parallel)
Lead II
Special features:
2 X-1 single-coils, black, both angled, 6 pole-pieces each
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black Strat-style knobs
1 3-way metal switch (PU select)
1 2-way metal switch (in/out of phase)
Lead III
Special features:
2 Humbuckers, black, 12 pole-pieces each
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black Strat-style
2 3-way metal switches (coil-splitter and pick-up selector)
Modifications over the years:
12/'81
Finishes: Cherry Sunburst, Black, White, Sienna Sunburst
03/'82
Optional all-white trim (pickguard, knobs, pick-ups)
Headstock shape changed from The Strat-style to regular
Stratocaster-style
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Body contours increased
01/'83
Discontinued
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32 Bullet
The Bullet series was a range of very cheap guitars and basses which were intended to replace the Mustang and Musicmaster models.
The first series of Bullet guitars had a body shape similar to the Telecaster. They
were built from 1981 to 1982, first in Korea, then after about six months in the
USA.
In 1982 these guitars were replaced by a second series which now had bodies
shaped similar to the Stratocaster minus the comfort contours. This series also
included two bass models. They were produced in the USA until 1984, then the
decision was made to transfer production to Japan and away from the Fender brand
to the "Squier" moniker. Here the Squier Bullet line would expand adding options
such as tremolo bridges, configurations with even more pick-ups, and additional
colours.
32.1 First series
Built from 1981 to 1982, first in Korea, then in the USA.
32.1.1
Bullet
General Features:
Body
Hardwood
Telecaster-shape
Neck
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW
Head
Tele-style
1 square string retainer
Decal
Silver logo + model name with star symbol + "Made in USA" +
serial no.
Pickguard
White or black metal, 6 screws + 4 at bridge
Finish
Red, Ivory
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Bullet
Wiring
2 high-output single coil pick-ups (neck angled)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, Strat-style knobs
1 3-way sliding switch
Bridge
6-saddle bridge
Raised lip of metal pickguard forms tailpiece
Specials
White or black trim (pick-up covers, knobs, switch tip)
Minor Variant:
Bullet Deluxe
3-ply white or black pickguard
Separate steel bridge
32.2 Second series
Produced from 1983 to 1984 in the USA. This series had a double-cutaway Stratocaster-shaped body and a smaller neck. The headstock retained the Telecastershape.
32.2.1
Bullet
General Features:
Body
Hardwood
Stratocaster-style without contours
Neck
One-piece MN
Adjusting rod at body end
Head
Tele-style
1 square string retainer
Decal
Silver logo + "Bullet" + star symbol + "Made in USA" + serial
no.
Pickguard
White metal, 6 screws + 4 at bridge
Finish
Red, Ivory, Brown Sunburst, Translucent Brown
Wiring
2 high-output single coil pick-ups (neck angled)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, Strat-style knobs
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1 3-way sliding switch
Bridge
6-saddle bridge
Raised lip of metal pickguard forms tailpiece
Minor Variants:
Bullet H1
Special features: 1 white plain-top humbucking pick-up
Pushbutton coil-tap switch
Bullet H2
Special features:
Sunburst or colours
2 white plain-top humbucking pick-ups
1 3-way selector
2 pushbutton coil-tap switches
3-ply white pickguard, 9 screws
Separate six-saddle steel bridge, through-body stringing
Bullet Deluxe (S2)
Special features:
Sunburst or colours
2 plain-top single coil pick-ups (bridge angled)
1 3-way selector
3-ply white pickguard, 9 screws
Separate six-saddle steel bridge, through-body stringing
Bullet S3
Special features: Sunburst or colours
3 plain-top single coil pick-ups (bridge angled)
1 5-way selector
3-ply white pickguard, 9 screws
Separate six-saddle steel bridge, through-body stringing
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Bullet
32.3 Bass series
Built from 1982 to 1983, the Bullet basses had a body shape slightly similar to the
Precision Bass but without the comfort contours. The headstocks where shaped like
those of the pre-1957 Precision or Telecaster Bass. The pick-ups were like those of
the Mustang Bass.
32.3.1
Bullet Bass B30
General Features:
Body
Hardwood
Neck
One-piece MN
Adjusting rod at body end
Head
Tele-style
1 round string retainer
Decal
Silver logo + "Bullet Bass" + star symbol + "Made in USA" +
serial no.
Pickguard
White, 12 screws
Finish
Brown Sunburst, Red, Ivory
Wiring
1 split pick-up, plain white plastic cover
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, white Strat-style knobs
Bridge
4-saddle bridge
Minor Variants
Bullet Bass B34
34" scale length
"Bullet Bass Deluxe" decal on headstock
The pickguard is the same as on the short scale version, i.e.
it does not match the body's outline
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33 D'Aquisto
Jimmy D'Aquisto was the last and most celebrated apprentice to the legendary John
D'Angelico. In his career of just three decades, D'Aquisto created a peerless body
of work, instruments that are now the most costly and sought after archtops ever
made. In collaboration with Fender, he also created a number of more accessibly
priced instruments. The D'Aquisto is a rather un-Fender-like design. With a hollow
single-cutaway, bound body with f-holes, it is definitely tailored for the jazz market.
There was a Japanese series starting in the mid-eighties and a US series starting in
the nineties. Both included a D'Aquisto Ultra model which is not featured in this
book since it is primarily an acoustic guitar.
33.1 The first model
Specifications:
Length
Width
16"
Scale
24 3/4"
Depth
40.64cm
Neck width saddle
62.9cm
33.1.1
2 3/4"
6.985cm
Fretboard radius
1 11/16"
D'Aquisto Standard
General Features:
Produced
1984 only; Japan
Body
Arched birdseye-maple top and back
Neck
Glued-in maple neck
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
Bound rosewood, 20 frets, dot markers
Head
Bound
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D'Aquisto
3-per-side tuners
Decal
pearl inlay
Pickguard
Triple-bound rosewood, floating
Finish
Tobacco Sunburst, Natural, Black
Pick-ups
2 humbucking pick-ups, black, 12 pole-pieces
Controls
2 V, 2 T, rosewood knobs
Switching
1 3-way selector
Tuners
With pearl buttons
Bridge
Single-saddle, rosewood with wooden tailpiece
Minor Variant
D'Aquisto Elite
Special features:
Built in 1984 and again from 1989 to 1994; Japan
Arched spruce top
Bound ebony fingerboard, block markers
D'Aquisto signature headstock inlay
Triple-bound ebony pickguard, floating
Ebony bridge and tailpiece
Flame maple back and sides
1 humbucking pick-up, black, 12 pole-pieces (metal cover
with 6 pole-pieces from 1989 on)
1 V, 1 T controls, ebony knobs
Ebony tuner buttons
Gold-plated hardware
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Specifications:
Length
Width
15 ¾"
Scale
25 1/8"
638mm
33.2.1
Depth
40.01cm
2 3/4"
6.985cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.6875"
12"
43 mm
305 mm
D'Aquisto Elite
General Features:
Model no.
010-2050, USA
Produced
1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001
Body
Single-cutaway hollow figured maple body
Arched bound spruce top, bound f-holes
Neck
Glued-in maple
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
Multi-bound ebony, 20 frets
pearl split-block inlays
Pickguard
Bound ebony, floating
Head
Bound with pearl fan / logo inlay
3-on-a-side tuners
Finish
Sunburst, Natural
Pick-Ups
1 floating humbucking pick-up
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
Tuners
With ebony buttons
Bridge
Adjustable ebony with ebony trapeze tailpiece
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
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354
D'Aquisto
Minor Variant:
D'Aquisto Deluxe
Special features:
Model no. 010-2030
1995 - 2001; USA
Laminated figured maple top and back, figured maple sides,
Bound body 15.75", unbound f-holes
Set maple neck
Bound ebony fingerboard, 22 frets
Block markers
1 Humbucking pick-up, metal cover, 6 pole-pieces
1 V, 1 T controls
Ebony bridge and tailpiece
Black floating pickguard
Chrome hardware
Finishes: 06, 21, 37, 38
33.3 The third model
Specifications:
Length
Width
Depth
17"
Scale
33.3.1
43.18cm
Neck width saddle
2 3/4"
6.985cm
Fretboard radius
Classic Rocker
General Features:
Model no.
010-4050, USA
Produced
2000 - 2002
Body
Laminated maple top and back with checkerboard binding
Neck
Glued-in three-piece figured maple neck
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
Multi-bound rosewood, 21 frets
pearl diamond inlays
Pickguard
3-ply white shell, floating
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Head
3-on-a-side tuners
Decal
Bound with pearl fan / logo inlay
Finish
06, 21, 38
Pick-Ups
2 DeArmond 2000 single coil pick-ups
Controls
2 Volume, 1 Tone
1 3-way switch
Tuners
Deluxe
Bridge
Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
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356
Esprit, Flame, Robben Ford
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34 Esprit, Flame, Robben Ford
In 1984, the last year of the CBS era, the Master series was introduced by Fender
Japan. It consisted of the Esprit and the Flame, two unique and very "un-Fender"
guitars.
Both models had a dual-cutaway semi-hollow body and a 3-tuners-per-side headstock. The only difference between them was the Flame having a slightly smaller
body with (also slightly) asymmetrical cutaways.
Due to the uncertainty of Fender's future in the wake of the CBS-sellout, the Master series was dropped just at the time when it began to attract some players and get
some publicity.
In 1989, the design resurfaced, when Robben Ford chose the Esprit as the basis for
his signature model. It was initially built in Japan, then in 1994, the Custom Shop
took over.
There were a variety of different versions which differed, however, only in minor
details from each other.
Specifications:
Scale
24 3/4"
62.9cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.718"
12"
43.6 mm
34.1 The original model
34.1.1
Esprit Standard
General Features:
Produced
1984 only
Body
Alder body, spruce or maple top
Neck
Glued-in maple neck
Trussrod adjuster at headstock
Neck matches body colour
The Fender Reference
305 mm
358
Esprit, Flame, Robben Ford
Fingerboard
Bound RW, dot markers
Head
3-on-a-side tuners
Decal
pearl inlay
Pickguard
None
Finish
Sunburst, Black
Black peghead
Pick-Ups
2 humbucking pick-ups, black, 12 pole-pieces each
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone
1 3-way toggle switch
Side-mounted jack socket
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
6-saddle metal-top bridge w. stop tailpiece
Minor Variants:
Esprit Elite
Special features: Snowflake fretboard markers
pearl tuner buttons
"Elite" on trussrod cover
Fine tuners on tailpiece
TBX electronics
Coil tap switch
Esprit Ultra
Special features: Carved spruce top
Bound ebony fingerboard, split block markers
Ebony tuner buttons
"Ultra" on trussrod cover
More finish options
Coil tap switch
Fine tuners on tailpiece
Gold-plated hardware
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Flame Standard
Special features: Identical to Esprit Standard
except:
Semi-solid body of slightly smaller dimensions and offset
cutaways
Flame Elite
Special features: Identical to Esprit Elite
except:
Semi-solid body of slightly smaller dimensions and offset
cutaways
Flame Ultra
Special features: Identical to Esprit Ultra
except:
Semi-solid body of slightly smaller dimensions and offset cutaways
34.2 Artist models
34.2.1
Robben Ford
Produced 1989 - 1994 in Japan, based on the Esprit Ultra.
Special features:
Head
Signature on truss-rod cover
Finish
Sunburst, Black, Natural
Pick-Ups
2 humbucking pick-ups, coverless
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34.2.2
Robben Ford Elite FM
1994 - 2002, based on the Esprit Elite.
Special features:
Model no.
010-3040 (Custom Shop, USA)
Body
Mahogany, carved figured maple top
Neck
Set-in mahogany
Fingerboard
Pau ferro, 22 frets, abalone dot inlays
24 5/8" scale length (= 625.5mm)
Finish
00, 38
Pick-Ups
1 Seymour Duncan '59 humbucker (neck)
1 Seymour Duncan JB humbucker (bridge)
Tuners
Standard
34.2.3
Robben Ford Ultra FM
1994 - 2002, based on the Robben Ford Elite FM.
Differing features:
Model no.
010-3060 (Custom Shop, USA)
Body
Semi-hollow (tone chambers) body
Multiple binding
Fingerboard
Multi-bound ebony fingerboard
Split pearl block inlays
34.2.4
Robben Ford Ultra SP
1994 - 2002, based on the Robben Ford Ultra FM.
Differing features:
Model no.
010-3050 (Custom Shop, USA)
Body
Semi-hollow (tone chambers) body
Carved spruce top
Finish
00, 06, 38
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Tuners
gold-plated with ebony buttons
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
The Fender Reference
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362
Esprit, Flame, Robben Ford
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Part III
Models no longer in Production
(post-CBS era)
The Fender Reference
364
Part III
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35 Katana
This model was introduced in 1985, and it was Fender's answer to requests by
dealers for a model with a weird body shape. Dan Smith didn't like those designs,
but to comply he "sat down with the art program on the Macintosh and screwed
around, said yes, this is no uglier than anyone else's."
Fender didn't have any production facilities in the USA at the time due to the CBSsellout, so the Katana was produced in Japan. It didn't catch on with players, and its
oriental origin didn't help its popularity either, so it was dropped in 1986.
Specifications:
Scale
24 ¾"
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
629mm
General Features:
Produced
1985 - 1986
Body
"Wedge"-shaped with bevelled edges
Neck
Glued-in maple neck
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock end
Neck matches body colour
Fingerboard
Bound RW, 22 frets
Offset triangular markers
Head
Arrow-shaped
1 locking string retainer for all 6 strings
Decal
Silver logo
Pickguard
None
Finish
Montego Black, Gun Metal Blue, ..?
Pick-Ups
2 black humbuckers
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, black knobs
Switching
1 3-position toggle switch
Bridge
Two-pivot bridge/vibrato unit
The Fender Reference
366
Katana
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36 Performer
With its radical design by John Page, the Performer seemed the ideal guitar to take
the "Superstrat" market by storm. Originally intended for US production, it was
finally manufactured at the Fujigen factory in Japan since, after the CBS-sellout,
Fender didn't have any production facilities in the USA. The Performer was a thoroughly modern instrument with its arrow-shaped headstock (reminiscent of the
Swinger of 1969), distinctive body shape, slanted pick-ups and 24-fret neck. The
guitar met with a positive response when first presented to the public, but it became a victim of the uncertainty of Fender's future.
Specifications:
Scale
25 1/2"
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
64.8cm
General Features:
Produced
1985 - 1986
Body
Ash, offset-waist with "hooked" horns
Neck
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, 24 frets
Dot markers
Head
Arrow-shaped
1 locking string retainer for all 6 strings
Decal
Silver logo
Pickguard
3-ply white, 10 screws
Finish
Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, Pewter, Emerald Mist, Montego
Black, ...?
Pick-Ups
2 white plain-top humbucking pick-ups, angled
Side-mounted jack socket
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, white Elite-style knobs
1 3-position toggle switch
1 coil tap switch
The Fender Reference
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Performer
Bridge
Two-pivot bridge/vibrato unit
Tuners
Standard F tuners
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37 Performer Bass
The bass model complementing the Japanese Performer guitar. It had a very thin
neck with 24 frets. The model was short-lived for the same reasons which prevented the Performer guitar from being produced over a longer period.
Specifications:
Scale
34"
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
86.4cm
General Features:
Produced
1985 - 1986
Body
Ash, offset-waist with "hooked" horns
Neck
Very thin
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, 24 fretsDot markers
Head
Arrow-shaped
1 round string retainer
Decal
Silver logo
Pickguard
3-ply white, 11 screws
Finish
Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, Pewter, Emerald Mist, Montego
Black
Pick-Ups
2 white plain-top humbucking pick-ups, angled
Side-mounted jack socket
Controls
2 Volume, 1TBX tone, white Elite-style knobs
1 3-position toggle switch
Bridge
Standard
Tuners
Standard F tuners
The Fender Reference
370
Performer Bass
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38 JP90 Bass
The JP 90 was produced from 1990 to 1994 as an entry level US bass to fit between the Squier line and the American Standard line, much like the Mexicanmade Fenders later did. The neck has a very slim jazz bass profile. The body is
similar to the offset Jazz body, but the contours are sharper and not rounded at the
upper horns and sides.
Specifications:
Scale
34"
Neck width saddle
86.4 cm
1.625"
Fretboard radius
41 mm
General Features:
Model no.
019-4100 (Standard series), USA
Produced
1990 - 1994
Body
Downsized poplar body
Fingerboard
RW, 20 frets
Head
Narrow
Decal
Gold Transition logo + model name + serial no.
Pickguard
3-ply black
Teardrop-shaped
Finish
06, 58, 80
Pick-ups
1 P-style split pick-up, 1 J-style single-coil
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone
Switching
1 3-way selector switch
Tuners
Schaller standard
Bridge
Standard
The Fender Reference
372
JP90 Bass
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39 HM Bass
The HM Bass was produced in 1990 only. The model was intended for the Heavy
Metal market which was steadily growing in the late eighties and early nineties. It
sported a Jazz-style body shape, but with sharper body edges and with pointier
horns.
There was a Japanese and a US product line, yet since these basses were produced
for such a short time only, there is virtually no information to be found anywhere.
General Features:
Produced
1990 only, USA
Body
Neck
Long scale 34"
Fingerboard
22 frets
Head
Painted black
Decal
Pickguard
Finish
Black
Pick-ups
3 single coil pick-ups
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone
Switching
1 5-position switch
Tuners
Bridge
Minor Variants
HM Bass V
1990 only
Special features:
5-string layout
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HM Bass
HM Bass Ultra
1990 - 1992
Special features:
-
HM Bass
1990 - 1992
Special features:
Made in Japan
HM Bass V
1990 - 1992
Special features:
Made in Japan
5-string layout
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40 Prodigy
The Prodigy was a Super-Strat, produced from 1991 to 1993. Its body was very
similar to that of the Stratocaster, but it had a slightly offset waist, slim horns and
sharp edges, and was comfort contoured. The guitars were pre-fabricated at the
then new factory in Ensenada (Mexico), with the final assembly taking place in the
USA.
General Features:
Produced
1991 – 1993
Body
Poplar
Neck
Truss-rod adjuster at the headstock end
Fingerboard
MN or RW
22 frets, dot markers
Head
Smaller than Stratocaster
1 string retainer
Decal
Silver logo + ® + model name in narrow lettering + ® + serial
no. + "Made in USA"
Pickguard
3-ply black, 8 screws
Finish
02, 06, 25, 80
Pick-ups
2 single coil pick-ups
1 humbucking pick-up
Controls
1 Volume, 1Tone, 1 5-position sliding switch, and jack socket,
all on pickguard
Tuners
Standard F tuners
Bridge
6-pivot bridge/vibrato unit
Minor Variants
Prodigy II
1991 - 1992
The Fender Reference
376
Prodigy
Special features:
Locking nut, no string retainer
2-pivot locking bridge/vibrato unit
Gold or black hardware
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41 Prodigy Bass
The Prodigy Bass was produced from 1991 to 1994, and like the Prodigy guitar it
was a kind of upgrade on existing instruments. In this case the body shape could be
described as being somewhere between the Precision and the Jazz Bass with a
slightly offset waist, slim horns and sharp edges, and comfort contours. The guitars
were pre-fabricated at the then new factory in Ensenada (Mexico), with the final
assembly taking place in the USA.
General Features:
Produced
1991 – 1994
Body
Poplar
Neck
34" scale
Width at nut 1.5" (38 mm)
Truss-rod adjuster at the headstock end
Fingerboard
One-piece maple or rosewood board
20 frets, dot markers
Head
Slimmer than P and J Bass headstocks
1 round string retainer
Decal
Silver logo + ® + "Prodigy" + ® + serial no. + "Made in USA"
Pickguard
none
Finish
02, 06, 25, 80
Pick-ups
1 split-coil (P style)
1 single-coil (J style)
Controls
Concentric Volume-pan / Treble-Bass controls
Active circuit
Tuners
Standard F tuners
Bridge
Standard
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42 MB4 Bass
The MB4 Bass was produced from 1994 to 1996 in Japan. It had a slightly asymmetric waist with an elongated upper horn, and 2 tuners on each side of the headstock.
Specifications:
Scale
34"
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
86.4 cm
General features:
Body
Alder
Neck
Truss-rod adjuster under cover on headstock
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
Dot markers
Head
Black face
Decal
Silver logo, model name on trussrod cover
Pickguard
none
Finish
Sunburst, Black
Pick-ups
1 reversed split-coil (P style), 1 single-coil (J style)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, 1 Pan
Tuners
Bridge
Standard
Minor Variants
MB5 Bass
1994 – 1996
Special features:
2 active J-style pick-ups
5-saddle bridge
The Fender Reference
380
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43 Jag-Stang
The Jag-Stang is a creation of Nirvana guitarist Kurt Cobain. Cobain usually
played a Mustang, but he also liked some aspects of the Jaguar. When asked how
his favourite guitar would have to look like, he took two pictures, one of a Mustang
and one of a Jaguar, cut both in half, and put the upper half of the Jaguar together
with the lower half of the Mustang and said: 'Like this!'
Shortly afterwards Larry Brooks and Mark Wittenberg of Fender met Cobain to
discuss the realisation of his design. They made a prototype, which Cobain played
for a while and then wrote some suggestions on. After this, Fender made a second
prototype and this time it was right.
Due to Cobain's untimely death he never lived to see his design become a production model in the fall of 1995.
Specifications:
Scale
24"
609.6 mm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.5625"
7.25"
39.68 mm
184 mm
General features:
Model no.
025-4200 (LH 025-4220), Japan
Produced
Autumn 1995 - 2001 and 2003 - 2005.
Body
Basswood, slab without contours
Neck
Modern C-shape
Adjusting rod at body end
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets, dot markers
Head
Large mid '60s Strat-style
1 string retainer
Decal
Spaghetti logo + ® + large model name + "TM"
Pickguard
Pearloid-black-white, 10 screws
Finish
40, 72
Pick-Ups
1 white single-coil (neck, angled)
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Jag-Stang
1 white Humbucker (bridge, angled)
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black knobs
2 3-way sliding switches, white
Tuners
Vintage-style
Bridge
Mustang-style 6-saddle floating-bridge vibrato unit
Modifications over the years:
After 1997
LH discontinued
After 1998
Discontinued
2004 only
Re-introduced for this year only (Artist series)
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44 Cyclone
Produced from January 1998 through 2006, the Cyclone was basically a modern
day mixture of the Mustang and the Stratocaster, but not without a certain vintage
charm.
Specifications:
Scale
24.75"
629 mm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.6875"
9.5"
43 mm
241mm
44.1 The original model
General Features:
Model no.
013-0500, (Deluxe series) Mexico
Body
Contoured poplar, offset waist
Neck
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
Dot markers
Head
Jazzmaster-style, 1 square string retainer
Decal
Gold Transition logo + "made in Mexico" + large model name
+ Cyclone graphic
Pickguard
Brown or white shell-black-white, 9 screws
Finish
06, 09, 32, 41
Pick-Ups
1 Tex-Mex Strat single-coil PU (neck)
1 "Atomic" humbucker
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black knobs on metal control plate
1 3-way toggle switch
Bridge
Synchronized tremolo, Strat-style
Tuners
Vintage
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384
Cyclone
Changes over the years
1999
Finishes: 06, 09, 32, 80
2002
Finishes: 06, 09, 63, 96
2003
Alder body
2005
Finishes: 06, 25, 63, 81
44.2 Variants
44.2.1
Cyclone II
Introduced in 7/2002, based on the Cyclone.
Differing Features:
Model no.
013-0600 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Pickguard
4-ply white pearloid
Finish
04, 09
Pick-Ups
3 Vintage Jaguar single-coil pickups
Controls
3 On/Off slide switches
44.2.2
Cyclone HH
Produced from 7/2003 through 2005, based on the Cyclone.
Differing Features:
Model no.
013-0400 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Finish,
Pickguard
06 - 3-ply black pickguard
04, 43, 96 - 4-ply white pickguard
Pick-Ups
2 Humbuckers
Changes over the years:
2005
06 - 3-ply black pickguard
43, 96, 55 - 4-ply white pickguard
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45 Toronado
Produced from January 1998 through 2006, the Toronado has a slightly shorter
scale than the Stratocaster. Its design could be described as distant echoes of the
Jazzmaster/Jaguar with some Gibson thrown in. The Toronado was a Mexican
made semi-budget model.
The circuitry was Gibson-style with 2 pick-ups which could be selected by a 3-way
toggle-switch on the upper bout of the body, and a volume and tone control for
each pick-up.
Specifications:
Scale
24.75"
629 mm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.6875"
9.5"
43 mm
241mm
45.1 The original model
General Features:
Model no.
013-0700, (Deluxe series) Mexico
Produced
1/1998 – end of 2005
Body
Contoured poplar, offset waist
Neck
Adjusting rod at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
Dot markers
Head
Jazzmaster-style
1 square string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo + ® + "made in Mexico" + small model
name + ® + "Deluxe Series"
Pickguard
Laminated brown or white shell, 10 screws
Finish
06, 09, 32, 41
Pick-Ups
2 "Atomic" humbuckers with chrome covers
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, metal knobs on body surface
The Fender Reference
386
Toronado
1 3-way toggle switch
Bridge
String-through-body hardtail bridge (similar to post 1964 DuoSonic and Musicmaster)
Tuners
Vintage
Changes over the years:
1999
Finishes: 06, 09, 32, 80
2002
Finishes: 06 (laminated brown shell pickguard),
43, 63, 96 (laminated white pearl pickguard)
2003
Alder body
45.2 Variants
45.2.1
Toronado DE
Produced from 2003 until the end of 2004, first called Toronado DE in the 2003
Fender frontline catalogue and then Toronado DVII in the 2004 one.
Special Features:
Model no.
011-0600, (American Special series) USA
Fingerboard
Abalone dots
Headstock
Black
1 roller string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo + "made in USA" + small model name
Pickguard
Small, 4-ply black, 7 screws
Finish
38, 50
Pick-Ups
2 "Black Dove" single coils
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, black plastic knobs with 10-scale, on body
surface
1 3-way toggle switch
Bridge
6-saddle bridge with separate stop tailpiece
Tuners
Deluxe
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Toronado HH
Produced from 2003 until the end of 2004. Similar to the Toronado DE.
Differing Features:
Model no.
011-0700, (American Special series) USA
Pick-Ups
2 "Atomic" humbuckers without housings
45.2.3
Highway 1 Toronado
Produced from 2003 until the end of 2004, combines features of the original Mexican-made Toronado and the US Toronado HH.
Special Features:
Model no.
011-0800, (Highway 1 series) USA
Fingerboard
Whitish dots
Head
Clear-coated
1 roller string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo + ® + small model name + ®
Pickguard
Small, 3-ply black, 7 screws
Finish
06, 43, 91
Pick-Ups
2 "Atomic" humbuckers without housings
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone, black plastic knobs with 10-scale, on body
surface
1 3-way toggle switch, between control knobs
Bridge
6-saddle bridge with separate stop tailpiece
Tuners
Standard
45.2.4
Toronado HH
Produced from 2005 until the end of 2006, based on the US Toronado HH.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-0900, (Deluxe series) Mexico
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Toronado
Fingerboard
Whitish dots
Head
Clear-coated
1 square string retainer
Decal
Silver Spaghetti logo + ® + "made in Mexico" + small model
name + ® + "Deluxe Series"
Finish
06, 25, 55, 59, 81
Tuners
Standard
45.2.5
Toronado GT HH
Produced from 2005 until the end of 2006, based on the Mexican Toronado HH. In
2005 this guitar was part of the newly created Big Block series. In the following
year - and its last in production – it was moved to the Special Editions series.
Special Features:
Model no.
026-0700, (Big Block series) Korea
Body
Mahogany
Fingerboard
Abalone dots, wide distance at XII. fret
Head
Colour matches body
2 square string retainers
Decal
Black Spaghetti-style logo + ®
Pick-Ups
2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers without housings
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, black plastic knobs with 10-scale, close
together on body surface
1 3-way toggle switch, on upper body horn
Finish
40, 95, 98, 99 with racing stripes
Tuners
Standard
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46 Zone Bass
The Zone Bass was available in two entirely different designs. The US version had
a body made of layered exotic woods, and was equipped with two humbucking
pick-ups, whereas the Mexican version had the usual alder body with a combination of one P and one J pick-up. Both versions had down-sized Precision bodies
with sleeker horns and active circuitry.
Six years after its introduction in July 2001, the attempt was shelved as unsuccessful, and after 2006 the Zone Bass was dropped.
Specifications:
Scale
34"
86.4cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.5"
9.5"
38mm
241mm
46.1 The original model
General Features:
Model no.
019-9500 (American Deluxe series), USA
Body
5 layers Maple / Walnut / Alder / Walnut / Maple,
or Walnut / Maple / Mahogany / Maple / Walnut
Neck
Modern C-shape
Truss-rod adjuster at body end
Fingerboard
RW with Abalone dot markers
22 Medium Jumbo frets
Head
Gold logo + 'Made in USA'
'Zone' in flashy lettering
Pickguard
none
Finish
20,92
Pick-ups
2 Zone Humbucking Pickups
Controls
Master Volume, Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ
Tuners
Strings-through-body or top-load with steel saddles
Bridge
Deluxe lightweight
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Zone Bass
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
46.2 Variants
46.2.1
Zone Bass
7/2001 - 2006, based on the American Deluxe Zone Bass. The Mexican-made
Standard Zone Bass is essentially the same design as the former Precision Bass
Lyte from Japan, and it is fitted with a P/J pick-up combination.
Differing Features:
Model no.
013-5800 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Body
Alder
Neck
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW with whitish dots
Head
Silver logo
Finish
06, 19, 43, 47
Wiring
1 Jazz Bass style single-coil (no pole-pieces)
1 Precision Bass style split-coil (no pole-pieces)
Controls
Master Volume, Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ
Bridge
Strings-through-body or top-loading
Tuners
Gotoh Cast/Sealed “Mini” Tuners
Changes over the years:
1/2004
06, 25, 43, 47
46.2.2
Zone Bass V
1/2004 - 2006, based on the Zone Bass.
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Model no.
013-5900 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Neck
Width at nut 1.875” (47.6 mm)
Fingerboard
Pau Ferro
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47 Dimension Bass
The Dimension Bass was even more short-lived than the Zone Bass. Another attempt to establish something different from the Jazz and Precision on the bass
market, this one only lasted for three years.
Introduced in January 2004, the Dimension Bass disappeared from the website and
the Frontline catalogue in the beginning of 2007. Perhaps bassists are too traditional to accept anything other than the Fender-typical headstock shape.
The bass had a tilt-back headstock with two tuners on each side, and a body with
rather long and thin cutaway horns. The electronics were very up-to-date with a
three-band active EQ.
Specifications:
Scale
34"
86.4cm
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
1.56"
12"
3.968cm
305mm
General Features:
Model no.
013-8000 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Body
Alder, contoured
Neck
Modern C-shape
Fingerboard
Pau Ferro with Abalone dot markers
24 Medium Jumbo frets
Head
Silver logo
Pickguard
none
Finish
06, 20, 43, 47
Pick-ups
1 solid cover single-coil Jazz Bass pickup
1 solid cover split-coil Precision Bass pickup
Controls
Master Volume, Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ
Tuners
Gotoh Cast/Sealed “Mini” tuners
Bridge
Strings-through-body or top-load
Variant
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Dimension Bass
Dimension V Bass
January 2004 - end 2006, based on the Dimension Bass.
Special Features:
Model no.
013-8005 (Deluxe series), Mexico
Nut width
2.008” (51mm)
Tuners
3 over, 2 under
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The Heartfield Models
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Fender created the Heartfield brand to sell guitars which were considered not
Fender-like enough to be sold either under the Fender or the Squier names. Certainly, there were guitarists looking for instruments to fill needs not addressed by
the traditional Fender product line. This fact, together with the lack of acceptance
of Fender brand product designed to fill this need, was the main reason for the
creation of the Heartfield brand, a combined operation of Fender and Fujigen
Gakki.
Despite the abovementioned circumstances, some of the Heartfield models nevertheless ended up bearing Fender logos on their headstocks.
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48 Elan
The Elan had very a distinctive 3-tuners-per-side headstock with a slanted upper
edge. Seen in silhouette, it could be called a Strat-like guitar, yet the similarities
didn't go very far. The body of the Elan had a slightly offset waist, slimmer cutaway horns and a cream binding around the front edge.
Specifications
Scale
25.1"
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
638mm
General Features:
Produced
Early 1991 - autumn 1993
Body
Bound carved-top
Neck
Glued-in mahogany neck, matches body colour
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
Bound ebony, 22 frets
Head
3-per-side tuners
Decal
Black logo
"EL" on truss-rod cover
Pickguard
none
Finish
20, 27, 37, 38,
Pick-Ups
2 black Humbuckers
Controls
1 V, 1 T and 5-way selector all on body
Side-mounted jack socket
Tuners
with pearl buttons
Bridge
6-saddle string-through-body design
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
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The RR-58 had a slightly offset double-cutaway body and three-tuners-per-side
headstock.
Specifications:
Scale
24 3/4"
Neck width saddle
Fretboard radius
629mm
General Features:
Produced
Early 1991 - autumn 1993
Body
Honduran mahogany body
Neck
Glued-in mahogany neck, matches body colour
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
Abalone dots
Head
"RR" on truss-rod cover
Pickguard
Laminated black, 4 screws
Finish
Blond, Green, Red
Pick-Ups
2 black Humbuckers
Controls
1 V, 1 T and 5-way selector all on body
Side-mounted jack socket
Tuners
Standard
Bridge
Standard
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50 Talon
The Talon had the shape of a Super-Strat with very pointy horns and a very edgy
headstock.
Specifications:
Scale
25.1"
Neck width saddle
638mm
Fretboard radius
17"
General Features:
Produced
Autumn 1991 - autumn 1993
Body
Basswood
Neck
Truss-rod adjuster at headstock
Fingerboard
RW
Head
Black-face
Single-bar string guide, locking nut
Pickguard
Laminated black, 9 screws
Finish
Pick-Ups
2 black Humbuckers
1 black single-coil pick-up (centre)
Controls
1 V, 1 T and 5-way selector all on body
Side-mounted jack socket
Bridge
2-pivot locking bridge / vibrato unit
Specials
Black hardware
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51 DR-4, DR-5, DR-6 Basses
This line of basses had an offset double-cutaway body design with an enlarged
upper horn. The DR-4(C) had 4 strings, the DR-5(C) had 5 strings and the DR-6(C)
had 6 strings. They all had active electronics and an additional "Low Z Output".
The DR-xC versions of these basses had a neck-through body design, gold-plated
hardware, hardwood bodies, fancy veneer tops, and other custom options such as a
fretless fingerboard, custom fretboard inlays, etc..
Specifications:
Scale
33.858"
Neck width saddle
860 mm
51.1.1
Fretboard radius
12"
305 mm
DR-4 Bass
General features:
Produced
Spring 1990 to summer 1993
Body
Alder
Neck
Maple with a graphite layer on the headstock and beneath
the fingerboard
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets
Head
2-tuners-on-one-side design
Black-face
Decal
Large "DR" inscription
Black Fender logo on the truss-rod cover
Pickguard
none
Finish
Pick-ups
2 single-coils
Controls
2 V, 1 T
Switching
1 mini switch
Tuners
Sealed/cast Gotoh
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DR-4, DR-5, DR-6 Basses
Bridge
Standard
Minor Variants
DR-5 Bass
Differing features:
Produced
Spring 1990 to summer 1993
Fingerboard
RW, 24 frets
19.685" (500 mm) neck radius
Bridge
5-saddle bridge
DR-6 Bass
Differing features:
Produced
Early 1992 to summer 1993
Fingerboard
RW, 24 frets
Bridge
6-saddle bridge
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52 Prophecy Bass
The Prophecy Bass had a 34" long scale, 2-tuners-per-side headstock and an
asymmetrical two-cutaway body shape.
The three variants were sold under the Fender brand from early 1992 - summer
1993.
52.1.1
Prophecy I Bass
General features:
Produced
Early 1992 - summer 1993
Body
Basswood
Neck
Trussrod adjuster at headstock end
Fingerboard
RW, 22 frets, dot markers
Graphite nut
Head
Black (for opaque finishes) or clear face
Decal
Black or gold logo
"Prophecy" wording on trussrod cover
Pickguard
none
Finish
Pick-ups
1 split-coil (P style), 1 single-coil (J style)
Controls
Volume / Treble / Bass / mix
Tuners
Sealed
Bridge
Heavy brass bridge
Minor Variants:
Prophecy II Bass
Differing features:
Produced
Early 1992 - summer 1993
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Prophecy Bass
Body
Ash
Controls
Volume / treble / bass; active circuitry
Specials
Gold-plated hardware
Prophecy III Bass
Differing features:
Produced
Early 1992 - summer 1993
Body
Laminated ash
Neck
Laminated maple
Neck-through-body construction
Controls
Volume / treble / bass; active circuitry
Specials
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Left-handed instruments
General thoughts
Left-handed instruments are an issue which has been totally neglected, not to say
ignored in music literature. This seems to be okay for most people because most
people are right-handed and not interested in lefty concerns. Yet, since left-handed
instruments are a production reality, they should be mentioned in this book. And
since the author is a lefty himself, he is the appropriate person to do so.
10% of all human beings are left-handed. So even if half the lefties out there decided to play right-handed for whatever reasons, about 5 % of the guitars produced
should be for left-handed usage. But sadly – as any left-handed guitarist will confirm – reality looks much different! Their proportion is only a fraction of this.
Though there are no reliable figures on the percentage of left-handed instruments
in the overall production, the proportion can be estimated with some certainty to lie
around 1 %. "And they're all sunburst", is the usual conclusion of this sentence.
No matter how uncertain the quantity may be, exact statements can at least be
made on which models were available in left hand versions over the years.
Available models
During the pre-CBS era, nearly all the guitars and basses made by Fender could be
ordered for lefties, namely the following:
Telecaster
Esquire
Stratocaster
Precision Bass
Jazzmaster
Jazz Bass
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Jaguar.
The only models excluded were the student guitars and the Bass VI.
CBS retained these models and added the following:
Mustang
Mustang Bass
Electric XII
Coronado II
Coronado Bass II
Bass V
Telecaster Bass
Telecaster Thinline
humbucker version only
Telecaster Custom
Telecaster Deluxe
Musicmaster Bass
from the mid '70s on
From the mid '70s onwards, the overall range of models was successively cut down
and so was the choice for lefties until, in 1982, only the Standard versions of the
following instruments were offered with a left hand option:
Telecaster
Stratocaster
Precision Bass
Jazz Bass
With the major redesign of the series in 1983, the Standard Stratocaster was the
only remaining medium budget model available in a left hand version. Apart from
this, there was only the high-priced Elite Series to choose from, which included
left-handed Stratocasters, Telecasters and Precision Basses (no Jazz Bass!). The
Vintage series as well as the preceding special models such as The Strat, Precision
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Special, Black & Gold Telecaster, Gold Jazz Bass for example were reserved for
righties, as were the Lead and Bullet guitars and basses.
After the CBS-sellout and the subsequent establishment of the new factory in Corona, the number of series multiplied. From then on, only a very limited number
among the variety of Fender instruments was offered in left hand versions.
In the course of the years, these were the following:
American Standard Stratocaster (since 2002:
American Stratocaster)
1986 – present
Squier Series Standard Stratocaster
(renamed Traditional Stratocaster in 1996)
1994 – 1997
American Vintage Stratocaster ('57 and '62)
(produced by the Custom Shop until 1997)
1996 – present
Standard Stratocaster (Japan)
1996 only
Standard Stratocaster (Mexico)
1998 – present
'50s and '60s Stratocaster (Japan)
– 1997
'68 Stratocaster (Japan)
– 1997 and 2005 – 2006
American Deluxe Stratocaster
2000 – present
Highway 1 Stratocaster
July 2002 – present
American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster
2004 – 2006
American Standard Telecaster (since 2002:
American Telecaster)
1988 – present
American Vintage Telecaster ('52) (produced
by the Custom Shop until 1997)
1996 – present
Standard Telecaster
2002 – present
'50s Telecaster (Japan)
– 1997
'62 Custom Telecaster (Japan)
– 1997
'70s Telecaster (Japan)
2005 only
American Standard Precision Bass
1993 – 1999
American Precision Bass
2004 – present
American Vintage '57 Precision Bass (produced by the Custom Shop)
1996 – 1997
Hot Rod Precision Bass
1999 – 2001
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60 Anniversary Precision Bass
2006 only
American Vintage '62 Jazz Bass (produced
by the Custom Shop)
1996 – 1997
Standard Jazz Bass
1998 – present
American Deluxe Jazz Bass
2000 – 2001 and 2005 – present
Deluxe Active Jazz Bass
(not in catalogue)
Jag-Stang (Japan)
– 1997
'69 Mustang (Japan)
– 1997
'62 Jaguar (Japan)
– 1997
'62 Jazzmaster (Japan)
– 1997
Differing features
Left handed instruments are to a large extent perfect mirror-images of their right
handed counterparts. There are minor exceptions to this rule such as the 1 to 10
scaled knobs or the vibrato units on the original (i.e. non-reissue) Jazzmasters and
Jaguars, which are right handed. And there is a major exception, which is the headstock decal.
Until 1968 the decals on left handed Fender instruments were identical to those on
righties. This applies to the Spaghetti as well as to the Transition logos. They were
simply put onto the reversed headstock as best they would fit.
With the introduction of the black "TV" logo in 1968, the lettering of the model
name became too large to fit anywhere on the lefty headstock so it was simply
dropped. As a result, you could say that all lefties from 1968 to 1976 were "NoCasters" sporting only the black Fender logo and the patent numbers for the respective models.
Exceptions to this rule were the Telecaster Bass and Musicmaster Bass which kept
their Transition logos combined with the respective model names in small lettering
until 1976.
The Mustang and Mustang Bass sported Transition logos with model names in
large lettering, which they kept until 1972. With these models you can find lefties
with or without model name on the headstock. From 1972 on they uniformly used
solely the black Fender (TV) logo.
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In 1976, when the serial number replaced the patent numbers on the headstock, all
decals were re-designed. The "Contour body" sticker was dropped and the fonts
became slightly smaller in general. Now with the lefties the Fender logo and serial
number were placed on the round bout of the headstock followed by the model
name. Since on the small Telecaster headstocks there wasn't enough room on the
bout, the order was reversed and the model name placed in front of the Fender
logo.
With this version of the logo, there's one substantial detail that distinguishes the
lefty decals from the right hand ones. Whereas on the righty headstocks the model
name follows a downward curve, with the lefties it is curved slightly upwards to
follow the lower edge of the headstock. This means Fender had extra decals produced for the lefties during this period.
Again there's an exception to this rule, and again it's the Telecaster models (Telecaster, Telecaster Custom and Telecaster Thinline, but not the Telecaster Deluxe
with its Strat-style headstock). Since with these, the model name was written in a
straight line across the bout of the headstock (with lefties and righties alike) there
was no need for an extra decal. The regular right hand decal was simply cut in half
and regrouped.
In 1983 the Silver logo was introduced, and the lettering of the model name was
changed to a smaller type-face written in a straight line. The decals were now identical for lefties and righties with the Telecaster once more being the sole exception.
Due to the narrow headstock, the order of logo and model name was reversed as it
had been before.
For the newer models, there's no general rule. Sometimes the model name follows
the logo, sometimes it stands in front of it.
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Available finishes
The names of Fender finishes are often misrepresented and there is a lot of confusion as to which colour was available at a certain time. The following tables give
the official names of all Fender finishes and – for the post-CBS era – also the corresponding colour numbers.
The Pre-CBS and CBS eras
In the early days, the complete choice of colours was available for most of the
guitars and basses, unless otherwise stated.
1950
Black (very first Esquires)
Blonde (translucent over ash body): Telecaster (né Broadcaster),
Esquire, Precision Bass;
Nitro cellulose lacquer (very thin finish)
1954
2-tone Sunburst (Stratocaster)
1956
Custom colours of the player's choice announced in catalogue.
Standard: Blonde (Telecaster, Esquire)
2-tone Sunburst (black/yellow) (Stratocaster, Precision Bass)
Desert Sand (Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster)
Custom colours: Blond (Stratocaster, Precision Bass), Sunburst
(Telecaster, Esquire)
1958
Blended 3-tone sunburst introduced
Standard: Blonde (Telecaster, Esquire)
3-tone Sunburst (black/red/yellow) (Stratocaster, Precision Bass,
Jazzmaster)
Desert Sand (Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster)
Custom colours at factory level: Blonde, Black, Fiesta Red, Shoreline Gold, Lake Placid Blue
1959
Tan finish replaces Desert Sand (Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster)
Optional opaque sunburst finish with a yellow or peach centre,
and maroonish edges (Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster)
Optional "girls' colours" (pink, sky blue, sea foam green, and pale
yellow) for Duo-Sonic and Musicmaster (until 1961)
1960
3-tone sunburst with clearly defined separation between colours
Standard as above
1st Custom Colour Chart:
Lake Placid Blue (metallic)
Daphne Blue
Sonic Blue
Shoreline Gold (metallic)
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Burgundy Mist (metallic)
Black Sherwood Green (metallic)
Foam Green
Surf Green
Inca Silver (metallic)
Fiesta Red
Dakota Red
shell Pink
Sunburst (Telecaster, Esquire)
Additional standard colour Blonde for Stratocaster
mid '61
Tan finish dropped, "Maroonburst" now standard (Duo-Sonic,
Musicmaster)
1963
"Maroonburst" dropped, White now standard (Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster)
mid '64
Red, White, Blue (Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster, Mustang)
1965
Standard as above
Custom Colours:
Lake Placid Blue (metallic)Blue Ice (metallic)
Sonic Blue
Firemist Gold (metallic)
Charcoal Frost (metallic) Olympic White
Black Ocean Turquoise (metallic)
Teal Green (metallic)
Foam Green
Firemist Silver (metallic) Candy Apple Red (metallic)
Dakota Red
Fiesta Red
1968
Optional Pink Paisley and Blue Floral finishes (until 1969 on Telecaster and Telecaster Bass)
Natural Ash, Walnut (Telecaster Thinline)
1970
Sunburst
Blond
Lake Placid Blue Sonic Blue
Firemist Gold
Black
Olympic White
Ocean Turquoise
Firemist Silver
Candy Apple Red;
Telecaster Thinline only: Ash, Mahogany;
Mustang and Mustang Bass only: Competition Burgundy (= blue),
Competition Red, Competition Orange (matching headstocks)
Musicmaster and Musicmaster Bass: Blue, Red, White only
Bronco: Red only
Antigua (Coronado II, XII and Bass II only)
Early '72
Sunburst
Blond
Lake Placid Blue Olympic White
Black
Candy Apple Red
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Mustang and Mustang Bass only: Sunburst, White, Competition
Burgundy (= blue), Competition Red (no matching headstocks,
changes introduced late '70 or early '71)
White, Blue (Musicmaster and Musicmaster Bass only)
Red (Bronco, Musicmaster and Musicmaster Bass only)
1975
Custom colours abolished; six finishes now available at the same
price:
Sunburst (500) Blond (501)
White (505)
Black (506)
Natural (521)
Walnut (522)
1976
Same as in 1975 except:
Tobacco Sunburst (Starcaster)
Sunburst finish only (Jazzmaster)
Black, White (Musicmaster, Bronco)
1977
Wine finish introduced
Walnut discontinued
1977 –'79
Optional Antigua finish with matching pickguard
1979
3-tone sunburst replaced by Tobacco sunburst (dark brown /
yellow)
09/'79
Blonde finish discontinued (Stratocaster, Precision Bass)
1980/81
Standard colours: Black, Natural, Wine, Tobacco Sunburst (Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass, Jazz Bass)
Blonde (Telecaster only)
Black, Wine (Mustang, Mustang Bass, Musicmaster, Musicmaster
Bass, Lead I, II, III)
Red, White (Bullet, Bullet Deluxe);
Custom colours (so-called "International colours"):
Capri Orange
Monaco Yellow
Morocco Red
Sahara Taupe
Maui Blue
Cathay Ebony
Arctic White
Sienna sunburst (dark brown/red/yellow)
Cherry sunburst (cherry red/yellow);
Special colours: Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red (Strat, Precision Special)
End of
1981/82
Standard colours: Cherry sunburst, Sienna sunburst, Brown sunburst, Black, Natural, White (standard Stratocaster, Telecaster,
Precision Bass, Jazz Bass)
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Red, Ivory (Bullet models)
Cherry Sunburst, Sienna Sunburst, Black, White (Lead models);
Custom colours: International colours replaced by Jewel colours:
Ruby Red
Sapphire Blue
Emerald Green
Pewter
Candy Apple Green
Mocha Brown
Aztec Gold;
Special finishes: Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red, Arctic
White, American Black Walnut (Strat, Precision Special)
Butterscotch Blonde (52 Vintage reissue), 2-tone sunburst (57
Vintage reissues), 3-tone sunburst (62 Vintage reissues), Black,
Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red, Fiesta Red, Vintage White
(57 and 62 Vintage reissues);
Gold (Gold Stratocaster and Gold Jazz Bass), Black (Black &
Gold Telecaster)
06/1983
Colours Standard series:
Black Ivory
Sienna sunburst Brown sunburst
Colours Vintage series:
Butterscotch Blonde (52 RI),
2-tone sunburst (57 RI),
3-tone sunburst (62 RI)
Colours Elite series:
Black Natural
Arctic White
Pewter
Sienna Sunburst Brown Sunburst
Custom colours Elite series:
Transparent:
Wild Cherry
Opaque:
Emerald Green
Lake Placid Blue Candy Apple Red
Candy Apple Green
Aztec Gold
Stratoburst:
Bronze, Black, Blue
Custom colours Vintage series (57 and 62 RI ):
Fiesta Red
Vintage White
Lake Placid Blue Candy Apple Red
Late 1984
Stratobursts now standard for Elite Series
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The Post-CBS era
After the CBS sellout, Fender introduced a new way of dealing with colours. From
then on, only a limited number of colours out of the whole range was available for
each guitar or bass model. This makes things rather complicated for the chronologist because the number of finishes grows yearly, while the models for which the
finishes are available changes at the same rate. That's why I have given the finishes
available for each model in the respective chapter.
The following table can be used as a reference for finding the exact colour a certain
finish number corresponds to.
No.
Present colour
Former colour
00
3-tone Sunburst
01
White Blonde
02
Lake Placid Blue
03
2-tone Sunburst
Sonic Blue (until early '80s)
04
Daphne Blue
Firemist Gold (in the '70s)
05
Olympic White
06
Black
07
Vintage Blonde
Ocean Turquoise (in the '70s)
08
Ocean Turquoise
Firemist Silver (in the '70s)
09
Candy Apple Red
10
Black with Gold Paisley
Competition Orange (in the '70s)
11
Black with Red Paisley
Competition Burgundy (in the '70s)
12
Competition Red
13
Ash
14
Chartreuse Sparkle
Mahogany (in the '70s)
15
Hot Rod Red
Red (in the '70s); Lipstick Red (1990 - 1995)
16
Champagne Sparkle
White (in the '70s)
17
Silver Sparkle
Blue (in the '70s)
19
Sage (Green) Metallic
Antigua (1968 - 1972), Mystic Black (in 1997)
20
Amber
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Natural
22
Walnut
22
Sunset Orange Transparent
23
pearl White
Antigua (1977 - 1980)
24
Inca Silver
Wine (1977 - 1981)
25
Chrome Red
26
Violet
27
Sapphire Blue
28
Crimson Burst
29
Blue Agave
30
Cherry Sunburst
31
Aged Cherry Sunburst
32
Brown Sunburst
33
Atlantic Blue Metallic
34
Aged Natural
36
Blue Burst
37
Antique Burst
38
Crimson Red Transparent /
Crimson Transparent
39
Ebony Transparent
40
Fiesta Red
41
Vintage White
42
Honey Burst
43
Pewter
44
Shoreline Gold
Mocha Brown (early '80s)
45
Teal Green Metallic
Candy Apple Green (early '80s)
46
Sherwood Green (Metallic)
Emerald Green (early '80s)
Tobacco Sunburst (- 1981); Crimson (Red)
Metallic (mid '80s - 2000)
Sienna Sunburst (early '80s)
Autumn Burst (late '90s)
Aztec Gold (early '80s)
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Sienna Sunburst
48
Teal Green (Transparent)
Ruby Red (early '80s)
49
Foam Green
Ivory (early '80s)
50
Butterscotch Blonde
Bronze Stratoburst (early '80s)
51
Sky Blue
Black Stratoburst (early '80s)
52
Blue Stratoburst
54
Dakota Red
55
Blizzard pearl
56
shell Pink
57
Surf Green
58
Torino Red
59
Navy Blue Metallic
Black pearl (late '90s)
61
Black Cherry Burst
Bing Cherry Transparent (2000 - 2001)
62
Cobalt (Blue) Transparent
63
Graffiti Yellow
64
Montego Black
65
Black Holoflake
66
Burgundy Mist
67
Honey Blonde
68
Ultramarine Blue
Gun Metal Blue (late '80s)
69
Charcoal Frost
Cadmium Orange (2000 - 2001)
70
Lime Green
Graffiti Yellow (late '80s)
71
Candy Green
72
Sonic Blue
73
Midnight Blue
74
Aqua Marine Metallic
75
Midnight Wine
Sapphire Blue (early '80s); Caribbean Mist
(1990 - 1994)
Frost White (- 1999)
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Midnight Purple
77
Frost Red
78
Aztec Gold
79
Gold Frost
80
Arctic White
81
Carmel Metallic
82
Candy Tangerine
83
Blue Ice (= Ice Blue Metallic) Maui Blue (early '80s)
84
Copper
Capri Orange (early '80s)
85
Bright Amber Metallic
Sahara Taupe (early '80s)
Sapphire Blue Metallic /
Bright
Cathay Ebony (early '80s)
86
Sapphire Metallic
87
Electron Blue
88
Desert Sunset
91
Chrome Silver
92
Natural Walnut
93
Purple Metallic
94
Purple Transparent
95
Chrome Blue
96
Orange
98
Green
99
Bronze
419
Morocco Red (early '80s); Surf pearl (2002 2004)
Monaco Yellow (early '80s)
Starlite Blue (mid '90s)
Colours for which no number is known
Wild Cherry
Marble finishes
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Serial Numbers
Serial numbers can help establishing the year of production for an instrument.
However, due to the modular nature of Fender's production methods and the fact
that most serial number schemes are not sequential and usually overlap from between 2 to 4 years, (at least until the mid 1980s), serial numbers should never be
taken as the sole criterion for establishing the production date of an instrument.
Over the years the serial number of an instrument could be found in various places:
·
the back vibrato cover plate (early '50s Strats)
·
the bridge plate (early '50s Telecasters and Precision Basses)
·
the neck plate (mid '50s to mid '70s)
·
the front of the headstock (mid '70s to mid '90s)
·
the back of the headstock (mid '90s until today)
·
the back of the neck (certain Japanese models)
On instruments of the Vintage, Classic and Collectable series, the serial number
can usually be found in the same location as on the instruments they are modelled
after.
The general scheme
Serial number
Year of production
< 6000
1950 to 1954
< 10,000
1954 to 1956
10,000s
1955 to 1956
10,000s - 20,000s
1957
20,000s - 30,000s
1958
30,000s - 40,000s
1959
40,000s - 50,000s
1960
50,000s - 70,000s
1961
60,000s - 90,000s
1962
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1963
90,000s - L10,000s
1963
L10,000s - L20,000s
1963
L20,000s - L50,000s
1964
L50,000s - L90,000s
1965
100,000s
1965
100,000s - 200,000s
1966 to 1967
200,000s
1968
200,000s - 300,000s
1969 to 1970
300,000s
1971 to 1972
300,000s - 500,000s
1973
400,000s - 500,000s
1974 to 1975
500,000s - 700,000s
1976
76nnnnn (i.e. 76 + 5 digits) or S6nnnnn
1976
S7nnnnn, S8nnnnn
1977
S7nnnnn, S8nnnnn, S9nnnnn
1978
S9nnnnn, E0nnnnn
1979
S9nnnnn, E0nnnnn, E1nnnnn
1980
S9 nnnnn, E0 nnnnn, E1 nnnnn
1981
E1 nnnnn, E2 nnnnn, E3 nnnnn
1982
E2 nnnnn, E3 nnnnn
1983
E3 nnnnn, E4 nnnnn
1984
E3 nnnnn, E4 nnnnn
1985
E4 nnnnn
1987
E4 nnnnn, E8 nnnnn
1988
E8 nnnnn, E9 nnnnn
1989
E9 nnnnn, N9 nnnnn, N0 nnnnn
1990
N0 nnnnn, N1 nnnnn(n) (i.e. 5 or 6 digits) 1991
N1 nnnnn(n), N2 nnnnn(n)
1992
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N2 nnnnn(n), N3 nnnnn(n)
1993
N3 nnnnn(n), N4 nnnnn(n)
1994
N4 nnnnn(n), N5 nnnnn(n)
1995
N5 nnnnn(n), N6 nnnnn(n)
1996
N6 nnnnn(n), N7 nnnnn(n)
1997
N7 nnnnn(n), N8 nnnnn(n)
1998
N8 nnnnn(n), N9 nnnnn(n)
1999
N9 nnnnn(n), Z0 nnnnn(n)
2000
Z0 nnnnn(n), Z1 nnnnn(n)
2001
and so on …
Reissue models
The American Vintage series has its own number scheme which offers no clues
regarding the production year of an instrument. Thus the date stamp on the neck
heel is the only reliable indicator for the date of manufacture.
Serial number
Year of production
V nnnn
1982 – 1988
nnnn ('52 Telecaster)
V nnnnn(n)
any year from 1982 up to the present
nnnnn ('52 Telecaster)
1988 – present
Special schemes
Some models have completely different serial number schemes. With these instruments, it is recommended to refer to the date stamp on the neck heel for establishing the date of manufacture.
Serial number
Description
G nnnnnn
1980 The Strat
CA nnnnn
1981 - 1983 Gold Stratocaster
CB nnnnn
1981 Precision Bass Special
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1982 Gold Jazz Bass
CC nnnnn
1981 - 83 Walnut Strat
CE nnnnn
1981 Precision Bass Special
1981 - 1983 Black and Gold Tele
CD nnnnn, CO nnnnn
1982 Precision Bass Special (Walnut)
GO nnnnn
1982 Precision Bass Special (Walnut)
1982 - 1983 Gold Stratocaster
D nnnnnn
1982 Jazz Bass
AMXN nnnnnn
California series electric guitars and
basses, '97 and '98
DN nnnnnn
1998 - 1999 American Deluxe series
DZ0 nnnnn(n)
2000 - present American Deluxe series
DZ1 nnnnn(n) etc.
SE8 nnnnn
1988 - present Signature Stratocasters
SE9 nnnnn
SN0 nnnnn etc.
FN nnnnnn
US made export instruments with unclear
production date (Standard Strat specs)
I nnnnnn
1989 – 1990 US made export instruments;
'Made in USA' stamped on the neck heel
LE nnnnnn
1994 special edition blonde Jazzmasters
and Jaguars with gold-plated hardware,
sold as a 3 piece set with a Blonde Deluxe
Reverb Amp
Fender Japan
The instruments manufactured by Fender Japan have a serial number scheme of
their own. Most of these models are not intended for international sale but solely
for the domestic market.
The serial number on Japanese instruments can usually be found on the back of the
neck near the body, together with the words 'Made in Japan' or, from 1997 onwards, 'Crafted in Japan'.
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NUMBERS
YEAR
JV nnnnn Made in Japan
1982-1984
SQ nnnnn
1983-1984
E nnnnn
1984-1987
A nnnnnn
1985-1986
B nnnnnn
1985-1986
C nnnnnn
1985-1986
F nnnnnn
1986-1987
G nnnnnn
1987-1988
H nnnnnn
1988-1989
I nnnnnn
1989-1990
J nnnnnn
1989-1990
K nnnnnn
1990-1991
L nnnnnn
1991-1992
M nnnnnn
1992-1993
N nnnnnn
1993-1994
O nnnnnn
1993-1994
P nnnnnn
1993-1994
Q nnnnnn
1993-1994
S nnnnnn
1994-1995
T nnnnnn
1994-1995
U nnnnnn
1995-1996
N nnnnn
1995-1996
V nnnnnn
1996-1997
A nnnnnn Crafted in Japan
1997-1998
O nnnnn
1997-2000
P nnnnn
1999-2002
Q nnnnn
2002-2004
R nnnnn
2004-2005
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Instruments made in Mexico
Instruments built at the Mexican plant in Ensenada also have their own serial number scheme, but in this case it is rather straightforward and self-explaining.
Serial number
Year of production
MN0 nnnnn
1990-1991
MN1 nnnnn
1991-1992
MN2 nnnnn
1992-1993
MN3 nnnnn
1993-1994
MN4 nnnnn
1994-1995
MN5 nnnnn
1995-1996
MN6 nnnnn
1996-1997
MN7 nnnnn
1997-1998
MN8 nnnnn
1998-1999
MN9 nnnnn
1999-2000
MZ0 nnnnn
2000-2001
MZ1 nnnnn
2001-2002
MZ2 nnnnn
2002-2003
MZ3 nnnnn
2003-2004
MZ4 nnnnn
2004-2005
MZ5 nnnnn
2005-2006
MZ6 nnnnn
2006-2007
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Bibliography, Sources
Books
The following books, which I also recommend for further reading, were very helpful during my research and provided me with loads of valuable information:
·
The Fender Stratocaster by A.R. Duchossoir
·
The Fender Telecaster by A.R. Duchossoir
·
American Guitars by Tom Wheeler
·
The Fender Guitar by Ken Achard
·
Guitars made by the Fender Company by Donald Brosnac
·
The Fender Book by Tony Bacon and Paul Day
·
The Fender Bass by Klaus Blasquiz
·
The Bass Book by Tony Bacon & Barry Moorhouse
·
Fender - The Sound Heard 'Round The World by Richard R. Smith
·
The Fender Bass - An Illustrated History by J.W. Black & Albert Molinaro
·
Fender - The Inside Story by Forrest White
·
How the Fender Bass Changed the World by Jim Roberts
·
Electric Guitars and Basses – A Photographic History by George Gruhn
and Walter Carter
·
The Story of the Fender Stratocaster by Ray Minhinnett and Bob Young
·
The Stratocaster Chronicles by Tom Wheeler
·
50 Years of Fender by Tony Bacon
·
Decades of the Fender Telecaster by Tony Bacon
Information was also drawn from a number of advertising leaflets and catalogues.
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Photographs
All photographs by the author, except Cover (Original 1961 Stratocaster photo by
Thomas Blug).
The following people and corporations made their instruments available for photography:
·
Six + Four (the new ones)
·
Christoph Becker (the lefty guitars)
·
Klaus Stocker (Jazzmaster)
·
the author (the lefty basses)
Trademarks
Throughout this work I have mentioned a number of registered trademark names.
Rather than put a trademark or registered symbol next to every occurrence of a
trademark name, I state here that I am using these names only in an editorial fashion, and that I do not intend to infringe any trademarks. All rights are reserved for
these trademarks.
Updates
The author welcomes any new information for future editions.
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Index
‘57 Heavy Relic Stratocaster .......100
'54 Stratocaster FMT ............... 95, 96
‘62 Heavy Relic Stratocaster .......101
'55 Precision Bass ....................... 245
1957 Commemorative Stratocaster
.................................................100
'56 Stratocaster .............................. 97
1960 Stratocaster ...........................95
1997 Collector's Edition Stratocaster
...................................................70
1998 Collector's Edition Telecaster
.................................................156
20th Anniversary Masterbuilt 2007
Stratocaster Closet Classic ........89
35th Anniversary Stratocaster .......59
40th Anniversary Stratocaster .......63
40th Anniversary Telecaster ........140
'50s Esquire .................................266
'57 Precision Bass LH ................. 245
'58 Stratocaster .............................. 97
'59 Esquire .................................. 265
'59 Precision Bass ....................... 245
'60 Custom Telecaster ................. 176
'60 Stratocaster .............................. 97
'60 Stratocaster FMT ..................... 96
'60s Closet Classic Stratocaster with
Competition Stripe .................... 89
'60s Custom Telecaster with Bigsby
................................................ 177
'60s Jazz Bass.............................. 211
'50s Precision Bass and '60s
Precision Bass .........................244
'60s Stratocaster ............................ 93
'50s Stratocaster .............................92
'60s Telecaster............................. 175
'50s Telecaster .....................168, 174
'60s Telecaster Custom ............... 174
'50s Telecaster with Bigsby .........177
60th Anniversary Jazz Bass ........ 208
50th Anniversary Stratocaster .66, 79
60th Anniversary Precision Bass 242
'51 Nocaster .................................173
60th
Anniversary
Standard
Stratocaster ............................... 85
'51 Precision Bass ........................244
'52 Tele Special ...........................174
'54 Esquire ...................................265
'54 Stratocaster ..............................95
60th Anniversary Stratocaster ....... 85
60th Anniversary Telecaster ....... 164
'62 Custom Esquire ..................... 265
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'62 Custom Telecaster .................170
Active P Bass Special ................. 239
'62 Jaguar.....................................271
Aerodyne Classic Precision Bass
Special..................................... 242
'62 Jazz Bass LH .........................213
'62 Jazzmaster..............................276
'63 Telecaster...............................175
'64 Jazz Bass................................213
'65 Mustang .................................286
'65 Stratocaster ..............................99
'66 Stratocaster ..............................99
'67 Telecaster...............................176
'68 Reverse Stratocaster Special ..116
Aerodyne Jazz Bass .................... 208
Aerodyne Stratocaster ................... 82
Aerodyne Telecaster ................... 163
Albert Collins Telecaster ............ 178
American Ash Telecaster ............ 131
American Classic Jazz Bass ........ 204
American Classic Jazz Bass FMT
................................................ 205
'68 Stratocaster ..............................94
American Classic Jazz Bass FMT V
................................................ 205
'69 Mustang .................................285
American Classic Stratocaster ...... 60
'69 Stratocaster ..............................98
American Classic Telecaster ....... 148
'69 Telecaster Thinline ................172
American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster79
'70s Custom Telecaster Left Hand
.................................................177
American Deluxe Ash Telecaster 160
'70s Stratocaster .......................94, 99
'72 Stratocaster ..............................94
'72 Telecaster Custom .................170
'72 Telecaster Deluxe ..................175
'72 Telecaster Thinline ................171
'75 Jazz Bass................................212
'90s Tele Thinline ........................152
American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster 73
American Deluxe Jazz Bass ........ 201
American Deluxe Jazz Bass Ash and
Ash V ...................................... 204
American Deluxe Jazz Bass FMT
and FMT V ............................. 203
American Deluxe Jazz Bass Fretless
................................................ 203
90's Telecaster Custom ................149
American Deluxe Jazz Bass Left
Hand........................................ 203
90's Telecaster Deluxe .................149
American Deluxe Jazz Bass V .... 202
Acoustasonic Strat .........................78
American Deluxe Power Tele ..... 157
Acoustic-Electric Precision Bass.235
American Deluxe Precision Bass 237
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American Deluxe Precision Bass
Ash ..........................................238
American Deluxe Precision Bass V
.................................................237
American Deluxe Precision Bass V
Ash ..........................................238
American Deluxe Stratocaster .......72
American
Deluxe
Stratocaster
FMT/QMT HSS ........................80
American Deluxe Stratocaster VNeck ..........................................79
American Deluxe Telecaster .......154
American
Deluxe
Telecaster
FMT/QMT HH ........................161
American Fat Strat Texas Special .67
American Fat Telecaster..............155
American Series Jazz Bass ..........195
American Series Precision Bass ..228
American Stratocaster HSS........... 45
American Telecaster HH ............ 130
American Telecaster HSS ........... 131
Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster
................................................ 189
Anniversary Stratocaster ............... 45
Bajo Sexto Telecaster ................. 143
Bass V ......................................... 317
Bass VI ....................................... 279
B-Bender Telecaster ................... 147
Big Apple Strat ............................. 68
Big Block Precision Bass............ 241
Big Block Stratocaster .................. 83
Big Block Telecaster................... 163
Black & Gold Telecaster............. 137
Blackout Telecaster..................... 161
American Series Stratocaster.........40
Blue Flower Stratocaster ............... 56
American Series Telecaster .........128
Blue FlowerTelecaster ................ 172
American Standard Jazz Bass......194
Bonnie Raitt Signature Stratocaster
................................................ 109
American Standard Jazz Bass
Fretless ....................................195
Bronco ........................................ 329
American Standard Jazz Bass V ..195
Buck Owens lim. Ed. Telecaster . 186
American Standard Precision Bass
.................................................227
Buddy Guy Polka Dot Stratocaster
................................................ 117
American Standard Stratocaster ....39
Buddy Guy Signature Stratocaster
................................................ 110
American Standard Stratocaster GR
Ready.........................................66
Bullet .......................................... 347
American Standard Telecaster.....127
Bullet Bass B30 .......................... 350
American Stratocaster HH.............44
Bullet Bass B34 .......................... 350
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Bullet Deluxe ..............................348
Custom Classic Jazz Bass ........... 206
Bullet H1 .....................................349
Custom Classic Jazz Bass V ....... 207
Bullet H2 .....................................349
Custom Classic Stratocaster .......... 61
Bullet S2 ......................................349
Custom Classic Telecaster .......... 148
Bullet S3 ......................................349
Custom Esquire ........................... 262
California Fat Strat ........................69
Custom Telecaster ...................... 132
California Fat Tele ......................153
Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple
HH .......................................... 166
California Precision Bass Special238
California Strat ..............................69
California Tele ............................153
Carved Top Strat HH.....................66
Carved Top Strat HSS ...................66
Carved Top Stratocaster ................65
Chris Rea Stratocaster .................116
Clarence White Telecaster...........181
Classic Player ‘50s Strat ................86
Classic Player ‘60s Strat ................87
Classic Player Baja Telecaster ....165
Classic Player Strat........................71
Classic Rocker .............................354
Competition Mustang ..................286
Contemporary Jazz Bass (aka P-J
Bass) ........................................199
Contemporary Stratocaster ............50
Contemporary Telecaster ............139
Coronado .....................................321
Coronado Bass ............................325
Coronado I...................................321
Custom Telecaster Thinline ........ 164
Cyclone ....................................... 383
Cyclone HH ................................ 384
Cyclone II ................................... 384
Danny Gatton Telecaster ............ 178
D'Aquisto .................................... 351
D'Aquisto Deluxe........................ 354
D'Aquisto Elite............................ 352
D'Aquisto Standard ..................... 351
Deluxe Active Jazz Bass ............. 205
Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V ......... 206
Deluxe Double Fat Strat ............... 75
Deluxe Double Fat Strat Floyd Rose
.................................................. 74
Deluxe Double Fat Strat HH (with
Locking Tremolo) ..................... 75
Deluxe Fat Strat ............................ 74
Deluxe Fat Strat Floyd Rose ......... 74
Deluxe Fat Strat HSS (with Locking
Tremolo) ................................... 75
Deluxe Nashville Power Telecaster
................................................ 156
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Deluxe Nashville Telecaster ........152
Esquire ........................................ 259
Deluxe Players Strat ......................80
Esquire Custom Celtic ................ 264
Deluxe Power Stratocaster ............84
Esquire Custom GT .................... 263
Deluxe Powerhouse Strat ..............73
Esquire Custom Scorpion ........... 264
Deluxe Strat Plus ...........................56
Flame .......................................... 357
Deluxe Stratocaster HSS ...............73
Flame Elite .................................. 359
Deluxe Super Strat ........................70
Flame Standard ........................... 359
Dick Dale Signature Stratocaster 109
Flame Ultra ................................. 359
Dimension Bass ...........................393
Flat Head Showmaster ................ 251
Dimension V Bass .......................394
Flat Head Telecaster ................... 160
Donald "Duck" Dunn Precision Bass
.................................................246
Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster .... 61
Double Fat Strat ............................69
DR-4 Bass ...................................403
DR-5 Bass ...................................404
DR-6 Bass ...................................404
Floyd Rose Strat HH ..................... 62
Floyd Rose Strat HSS ................... 62
Foto Flame '60s Jazz Bass .......... 197
Foto Flame '60s Precision Bass... 229
Duo-Sonic ...................................309
Foto Flame Floyd Rose Standard
Stratocaster ............................... 65
Elan .............................................397
Foto Flame Stratocaster ................ 64
Electric XII ..................................313
Foto Flame Telecaster ................. 145
Elite Precision Bass .....................231
Frank Bello Signature Bass ......... 220
Elite Stratocaster ...........................48
G.E. Smith Telecaster ................. 189
Elite Telecaster ............................137
Geddy Lee Jazz Bass .................. 215
Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster
.................................................102
Gold Jazz Bass ............................ 198
Eric Johnson Stratocaster ............120
Esprit ...........................................357
Esprit Elite ...................................358
Esprit Standard ............................357
Gold Stratocaster .......................... 48
Hank Marvin Stratocaster ........... 112
Highway 1 Jazz Bass .................. 207
Highway 1 Precision Bass .......... 240
Highway 1 Showmaster HH ....... 255
Esprit Ultra ..................................358
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Highway 1 Stratocaster .................76
Jaguar Baritone Special HH ........ 270
Highway 1 Stratocaster HSS .........76
Jaguar Bass ................................. 297
Highway 1 Telecaster ..................159
Jaguar Bass VI Custom ............... 269
Highway 1 Texas Telecaster .......159
Jaguar HH ................................... 270
Highway 1 Toronado...................387
James Burton Standard Telecaster
................................................ 182
HLE Stratocaster ...........................57
HM Bass ......................................373
HM Bass Ultra.............................374
HM Bass V ..................................373
HM Strat ........................................53
HM Strat Ultra...............................58
James Burton Telecaster ............. 179
Jazz Bass ..................................... 191
Jazz Bass 24 ................................ 209
Jazz Bass 24 V ............................ 210
Jazz Bass Deluxe ........................ 201
Jazz Bass Deluxe Fretless ........... 203
HMT Acoustic-Electric Telecaster
.................................................143
Jazz Bass Deluxe V..................... 202
HMT Telecaster...........................142
Jazz Bass Plus ............................. 200
HMT Telecaster Floyd Rose .......143
Jazz Bass Plus V ......................... 201
Hot Rod Precision Bass ...............239
Jazzmaster ................................... 273
HRR '50s Stratocaster....................59
Jeff Beck Signature Stratocaster . 105
HRR '60s Stratocaster....................60
Jerry Donahue "JD" Telecaster ... 180
J5 Bigsby Telecaster....................188
Jerry Donahue Lim. Ed. Stratocaster
................................................ 114
J5 Telecaster ................................187
J5 Triple Tele Deluxe ..................188
Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass..............216
Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass Fretless 217
Jaco Pastorius Tribute Jazz Bass .216
Jerry Donahue Telecaster............ 180
Jimi Hendrix Tribute Stratocaster112
Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Stratocaster
................................................ 115
Jag-Stang .....................................381
Jimmie Vaughan Signature Tex-Mex
Strat ......................................... 112
Jaguar ..........................................267
Jimmy Bryant Tribute Telecaster 187
Jaguar Baritone Custom ..............269
John Jorgensen Lim. Ed. Hellecaster
................................................ 114
Jaguar Baritone HH .....................270
John Jorgensen Telecaster .......... 185
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John Mayer Stratocaster ..............120
Nashville B-Bender Telecaster ... 147
JP90 Bass ....................................371
Noel Redding Lim. Ed. Jazz Bass
................................................ 214
Koa Stratocaster ............................85
Koa Telecaster .............................165
Lead .............................................343
Lite Ash Stratocaster .....................81
Lite Ash Telecaster......................162
Lone Star Strat ...............................66
LTD .............................................331
Marauder .....................................319
Marble Stratocaster .......................38
Marcus Miller Jazz Bass .............214
Marcus Miller Jazz Bass V..........215
Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass ..............218
Mark Knopfler Stratocaster .........118
Matthias Jabs Signature Stratocaster
.................................................115
MB4 Bass ....................................379
MB5 Bass ....................................379
Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster
.................................................183
Mike Dirnt Precision Bass Special
.................................................247
Muddy Waters Telecaster............186
Musicmaster ................................305
Nokie Edwards lim. Ed. Telecaster
................................................ 183
Paisley Stratocaster ....................... 55
Paisley Telecaster ....................... 169
Performer .................................... 367
Performer Bass............................ 369
Pino Palladino Precision Bass ..... 248
Power Jazz Bass .......................... 209
Power Jazz Bass Special ............. 200
Precision Bass "Lyte" Deluxe ..... 234
Precision Bass "Lyte" Standard .. 233
Precision Bass Deluxe ................ 236
Precision Bass Plus ..................... 233
Precision Bass Plus Deluxe ......... 235
Precision Bass Special 230, 236, 239
Prodigy........................................ 375
Prodigy Bass ............................... 377
Prodigy II .................................... 375
Prophecy Bass ............................. 405
Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass......... 219
Reggie Hamilton Jazz Bass V ..... 219
Musicmaster Bass........................339
Reggie Hamilton Standard Jazz Bass
................................................ 220
Mustang .......................................283
Relic '50s Nocaster ..................... 173
Mustang Bass ..............................287
Relic '50s Stratocaster ................... 96
N.O.S. Stratocaster ........................98
Relic '60s Jazz Bass .................... 212
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Relic '60s Stratocaster ...................97
Set Neck Tele Plus ...................... 141
Relic Floyd Rose Stratocaster .......71
Set Neck Tele Plus Floyd Rose ... 142
Richie Sambora Lim. Ed. Black
Paisley Stratocaster .................111
Set Neck Telecaster .................... 141
Richie
Sambora
Signature
Stratocaster ..............................107
Richie Sambora Standard Signature
Stratocaster ..............................108
Ritchie Blackmore Lim. Ed.
Stratocaster ..............................113
Ritchie
Blackmore
Signature
Stratocaster ..............................116
Roadhouse Strat ............................68
Robben Ford ................................359
Robben Ford Elite FM.................360
Robben Ford Ultra FM ................360
Robben Ford Ultra SP .................360
Robert Cray Signature Standard
Stratocaster ..............................118
Set Neck Telecaster Country Artist
................................................ 142
Set Neck Telecaster Jr................. 145
Seymour Duncan Esquire ........... 263
Short Scale Precision Bass .......... 233
Short Scale Stratocaster ................ 57
Showmaster................................. 249
Showmaster 7-String................... 251
Showmaster Blackout ................. 255
Showmaster Celtic H .................. 253
Showmaster Elite FMT ............... 252
Showmaster Elite LWT .............. 252
Showmaster Elite QMT .............. 252
Showmaster Elite SMT ............... 252
Robert Cray Signature Stratocaster
.................................................106
Showmaster FAT HH ................. 255
Robin Trower Signature Stratocaster
.................................................119
Showmaster FMT ....................... 250
Showmaster FAT SSS ................ 256
Rocco Prestia Precision Bass ......246
Showmaster FMT Hardtail Set Neck
................................................ 250
Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster
.................................................118
Showmaster FMT HH ................. 257
Roscoe Beck IV Bass ..................296
Showmaster FMT Locking Tremolo
Set Neck .................................. 250
Roscoe Beck V Bass ...................295
Showmaster H with Tremolo ...... 253
Rosewood Telecaster... 133, 173, 177
Showmaster HH with Tremolo ... 254
RR-58 ..........................................399
Showmaster QBT HH ................. 256
Set Neck Stratocaster ....................62
Showmaster QBT SSS ................ 256
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Showmaster QMT HH ................257
Standard Precision Bass Junior ... 241
Showmaster Scorpion HH ...........254
Standard Stratocaster .................... 41
Showmaster Standard ..................249
Standard Stratocaster .................... 38
Showmaster Standard with Locking
Tremolo ...................................250
Standard Stratocaster Roland Ready
.................................................. 42
Slab Body Precision Bass ............230
Standard Stratocaster Satin ........... 43
Smith Strat .....................................38
Standard Telecaster ............. 126, 128
So-Cal Speed Shop Guitar ...........301
Starcaster .................................... 341
Sparkle Telecaster .......................144
Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature
Stratocaster ............................. 107
Special Edition 1993 Stratocaster ..63
Special Edition 1994 Stratocaster ..63
Special Edition 1994 Telecaster ..144
Squier Series Floyd Rose Standard
Stratocaster ................................44
Sting Precision Bass.................... 246
Strat Plus ....................................... 52
Strat Pro ........................................ 83
Strat Special .................................. 63
Squier Series Standard Jazz Bass 197
Strat Texas Special........................ 68
Squier Series Standard Precision
Bass .........................................229
Strat Ultra...................................... 58
Squier Series Standard Stratocaster
...................................................43
Squier Series Standard Stratocaster
LH .............................................44
Squier Series Standard Telecaster
.................................................130
Standard Double Fat Strat .............43
Standard Fat Strat ..........................42
Standard Fat Strat Floyd Rose .......42
Standard Jazz Bass ..............194, 196
Standard Jazz Bass Fretless .........196
Standard Jazz Bass V ..................196
Standard Precision Bass ......226, 228
Strat XII ........................................ 54
Stratocaster American Standard
Deluxe ....................................... 57
Stratocaster HH ............................. 43
Stratocaster HSS with Locking
Tremolo..................................... 43
Stratocaster Junior ........................ 43
Strat-O-Sonic DV I ....................... 77
Strat-O-Sonic DV II ...................... 77
Strat-O-Sonic HH ......................... 78
Strat-O-Sonic HH Black Dove...... 78
Stu Hamm Urge Bass .................. 291
Stu Hamm Urge II Bass .............. 292
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Stu Hamm Urge Standard Bass ...292
Tie-Dye Strat HS .......................... 81
Sub-Sonic ......................................75
Tom Delonge Stratocaster .......... 117
Swinger .......................................337
Tony Franklin Fretless Precision
Bass ......................................... 247
Talon ...........................................401
TC-90 Thinline ............................299
Tele Special .................................144
Tele Sub-Sonic ............................157
Telecaster ....................................123
Telecaster Acoustic/Electric ........150
Telecaster Bass ............................335
Toronado ..................................... 385
Toronado DE .............................. 386
Toronado GT HH ........................ 388
Toronado HH .............................. 387
Traditional Fat Strat ...................... 44
Traditional Jazz Bass .................. 197
Traditional Precision Bass .......... 229
Telecaster Classic Nylon String
Electric ....................................150
Traditional Stratocaster ................. 43
Telecaster Classical Thinline.......151
Traditional Telecaster ................. 130
Telecaster Custom .......................135
US Contemporary Stratocaster ..... 51
Telecaster Custom FMT ..............158
US Contemporary Stratocaster Floyd
Rose .......................................... 51
Telecaster Deluxe ........................136
Telecaster Plus ............................140
Telecaster Plus Deluxe ................141
US Contemporary Stratocaster Floyd
Rose FMT ................................. 52
Telecaster Pro ..............................166
US Contemporary Stratocaster FMT
.................................................. 51
Telecaster Thinline ......................134
Ventures Lim. Ed. Jazzmaster .... 277
Telecaster XII ..............................146
VG Stratocaster ............................. 87
Tele-Sonic ...................................155
Victor Bailey Jazz Bass .............. 217
Tex-Mex Strat ...............................67
Victor Bailey Jazz Bass Fretless . 218
Tex-Mex Strat Special ...................68
Victor Bailey Jazz Bass V .......... 217
Tex-Mex Telecaster Special ........151
Vintage '52 Telecaster................. 167
The Strat ........................................46
Vintage '57 Precision Bass .......... 243
The Ventures Lim. Ed. Jazz Bass 213
Vintage '57 Stratocaster ................ 90
The Ventures Lim. Ed. Stratocaster
.................................................111
Vintage '62 Jazz Bass.................. 210
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Vintage '62 Precision Bass ..........244
Will Ray "Mojo" Telecaster........ 184
Vintage '62 Stratocaster .................91
Will Ray lim. Ed. Jazz-A-Caster. 185
Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster...167
Yngwie
Malmsteen
Signature
Stratocaster ............................. 103
Vintage Hot Rod '57 Stratocaster ..88
Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster ..88
Vintage Precision Bass Custom ..235
Walnut Precision Bass Special ....231
Yngwie
Malmsteen
Standard
Stratocaster ............................. 105
Zone Bass ................................... 389
Zone Bass V ................................ 390
Walnut Strat ..................................47
Waylon Jennings Tribute Telecaster
.................................................181
The Fender Reference