Uh Oh... what did I find in a MIM

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  1. Prince1999

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    Was doodling around and came across what looks like a butterscotch blond Tele MIM made in 2013 with brass barrels, perfect finish on wood, not a scratch, ding anywhere, that's a Special Edition Fender. Controls are reversed, from the factory.


    No idea what kind of Alnico's are in it for pickups, sounds more bright or hot than my 1999 MIM Midnight Wine Tele.

    Can not complain, got it for practically a song, just don't know which song!

    Everything looks minty, frets look like they need only some fine 0000 steel wool love, no wear whatsoever.

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    SN is "MX13

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  2. Dacious

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    The hole in the black plastic bobbin on the bridge pickup tells me these are the standard MIM Classic pickup..if you want to confirm, two screws and lift the control plate.

    From memory you'll see a blue and white wire running to one and yellow and white wire going to the other, all plastic.

    You can buy a copper-clad plate for the bridge which will add some compression to it - the 50s and 60s classic are identical except the 60s has staggered pole pieces.
     
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    What about the tuners on this guitar? Standard American fare, or something else?
     
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    I had that guitar for a long time and loved it congrats
     
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    Ah - sorry didn't pick up on the tuners and headstock end truss rod hole.

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/fender-special-edition-deluxe-ash-telecaster

    Here's what you have I think - does the serial start M or MX?

    The pickups are probably MIM Classics but they could be Tele standard. Need to see a part number off one.

    Should be pretty nice guitar.
     
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    MX13 So that means the neck was made in 2013, the whole guitar completed in 2013 or 2014.

    Yup, I think you nailed it Dacious. I had no idea they would be $760 with sales tax, around here. It's a player, I won't be selling it, quite happy with how it sounds. May try a bit less treble to sooth the bite it has on the bottom 3 strings, it sounds a bit beyond "warm". It's a pickers dream.
     
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    Sounds like a great buy. You could drop the treble side of the bridge 1/2 turn on the screw. Smooth it out just so.

    Baseplate in the bridge pup and a four-way - Keef'd rock it for sure! Any time you get a grainy ash body that's a premium guitar.
     
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    Nice congratulations.
     
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    Cool!
     
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    nice looking guitar!
     
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    Happy New Guitar Day!
     
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    Pretty sure these are the ceramic Hot Standard pickups - don't sound bad out of the box. My 2015 model (with a few minor mods) is in my profile pic.
     
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    I dig those...FSR instruments hit way above their weight class.

    Congrats and Happy New Guitar Day!
     
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    Nice!
     
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    I had one of those for a while and traded it......big mistake. They are very good guitars.
     
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    Love mine. I did put a 4way switch in it, just because I can.


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  18. RodeoTex

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    Did Fender change their numbering system?
    My understanding was that:
    M= Mexico
    X= decade (teens)
    Next digit=specific year (1)

    That would mean an MIM 2011 to me.
    Maybe the FSRs are different.
     
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    That was the system Fender used from 1976-2009. In 2010 they changed their system - actually changed it twice during the year.

    The MIMs run roughly from mid-year to mid-year. So for example the MZ9 (M=Mexico, Z=decade of the "zeros", 9=specific year). But Fender MIM serial numbers at that time ran roughly mid-year to mid-year, so the MZ9s start roughly July 2009 and would end roughly June 2010. From say 1995-ish the USA numbers would change during January - not necessarily January 2nd, but at least during the month.

    For 2010 when Fender moved on from the Z9 numbers (2009) they first used a format that was a "10" followed by 6 more digits for the serial number. These only lasted from January 2010 until the end of March 2010. By the end of March/early April 2010 Fender switched to a format of US10xxxxxx where:

    US = USA
    XX = specific year
    xxxxxx = individual number

    When the MZ9 numbers were used up Fender went to the same format for the MIM instruments, a format of MX10xxxxxx where:

    MX = Mexico
    XX = specific year
    xxxxxx = individual number

    These days the USA numbers change over some time in February, and it appears the MX numbers change over more like May.
     
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    Thanks @John C .
    Just when you think you know something about Fender, ya don't.
     
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