Dating telecaster pickups
Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.
To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.
The serial numbers in principle chronological, but as already mentioned, as a result of Fender's production, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.The numbers and decals are produced far in advance. The following serial numbers stay somewhat outside the well-known Fender numbering.Due to a mistake at the factory in 1990 N9 decals (which were intended for use in 1999) applied to a several instruments that were built in that year. If you have doubts about an odd serial number check the chart below, maybe you can find the number composition here.Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.
The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.