I often get asked, how old is my Fender guitar? Most of the time this question can't be answered specifically. The Fender numbers tell the story of the company over the years.
Unfortunately, the serial number placement is sporadic and many ID numbers over lap between years and models. In many instances, there is no exact known date for a specific guitar. That is why I decided to write this article. I want to help you understand how to tell the age of your Fender as well as any Fender you see.
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Fender like Gibson has been producing guitars for many years. Certain styles and colors have come and gone over the years, but there is no real obvious way to tell how old a Fender is other than the indentification number. Unfortunately, Fender decided not to simply write the date of manufacture on the guitar.
They decided that it would be easier to decipher the serial number code than just write the year on the guitar. I say this only joking. Most manufactures don't actually write the production dates on the guitar in plain view.
First let's take a look at where to find ID numbers on a Fender guitar. Where do I find my Fender Serial Number? This article is intended to help you date your Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Precision Bass guitars all the way back to the early s.
In order to tell how old your Fender is you will have to find the indentification number or neck number.
The serial number location has changed a few times of the years. From to Fender guitar unique numbers were stamped in the bridge cavity cover plate. From to Fender stamped its guitar's serial number on either the top or bottom of the neck plate.
Modern Fender production guitars, to the present, have their ID numbers on the front or back of the headstock near the Fender decal. In Fender decided to start making reissued vintage guitars.
These guitars were replicas of the early and s era guitars. True to form the reissue guitars have their indentification numbers stamped in the neck plate.
The serial numbers on the outside of the body are not the only way to date a Fender guitar however. History In the 19th century, many Mariachi were roaming laborers moving from one hacienda to another, often more than the average laborer.
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With the revolution, however, many of the haciendas were forced to dismiss the mariachi, who then wandered from town to town singing songs corridos of revolutionary heroes and enemies, and carrying news from one place to another. The Mariachi took to playing in public venues for tips. One of the most popular of these venues was San Pedro Tlaquepaque in the state of Jalisco, a fashionable place for the residents of Guadalajara to spend the summer.
From the beginning, mariachi music was dance music. The traditional dance technique associated with both the son jalisciense and son jarocho is the zapateado.
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When dancing the zapateado, which originated in Spain, the performers drive the heels of their boots into the dance-floor, pounding out swift, often syncopated rhythms which complement that of the musical instruments.
It is highly stylized, with prescribed movements and costumes.
The male wears the classic outfit of the Jalisco horsemen, similar to the outfit of a cowboy, or charro, while the female wears a hand-woven shawl and a bright sequined skirt. Back to Top Until the s, Mariachis were semi-professional and almost entirely unknown outside their own region. Together, Vargas and Fuentes standardized musical arrangements for many of the popular sones and insisted on the use of written music, which greatly facilitated the exchange among different mariachi bands.
Trumpets were also introduced to mariachi music to accommodate the technical limitations of music recording equipment available for the cinema.