Tele serial number

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by errorrose, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. errorrose

    errorrose NEW MEMBER!

    Jul 8, 2020
  2. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 7, 2012
    Nicoma Park, Oklahoma
    Call Fender customer service.
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  3. Tuxedo Poly

    Tuxedo Poly Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 19, 2011
    Merseyside UK
    ^^^^ as teleplayr says. I can't see the pictures due to permissions not set.

    The 2010 serial numbers were messed up by Fender and those with "10" were not correctly put on the database.

    "A new serial numbering scheme was adopted toward the end of 2009 using the number “10” as a prefix, followed by a space, followed by seven digits. The “10” prefix was designed to identify the first year of the second decade of the new millennium, and while it appears on the instrument decals, it was not captured in Fender’s operating system. Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database. These serial numbers did not identify the country of origin in the body of the number. Instead, the instrument's country of origin appears on the decal on the back of the headstock, near the serial number.

    This new numbering scheme was short-lived and was replaced only a few months later by an improved scheme that identifies an instrument’s country of origin and year of manufacture in the body of the serial number.

    This new scheme uses the letters “US” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in the United States, followed by an eight-digit number. The first two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture, (10 for 2010, 11 for 2011, etc.). The following six digits are the unit identifier, although it should be noted that these final six numbers are not sequential and do not provide any other identification information about the instrument. This new scheme is now used on the majority of U.S.-made Fender instruments, with exceptions including the American Vintage series and certain special-run instruments."
  4. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's

    Sep 20, 2005
    Kansas City
    Just quoting @Tuxedo Poly's post to point out that Fender's website information is actually wrong on the 2010 serial numbers with the "10" prefix - the "10" is followed by 6 digits, not 7 which evidently is a typo that Fender has not fixed since that information went up on their website in 2011 or 2012.
  5. Joe M

    Joe M Super Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Admin Post
    There are several things I see wrong with the guitar, starting with the back of the headstock. I've never seen "Original Contour Body" on the back of any Tele. The font of the front of the headstock looks wonky also. I'd be really suspicious of this one.
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