Where was this telecaster made?

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I have a telecaster with the serial number on the neck indicates Fullerton plant 1983. On further inspection after I took the guitar neck off it is signed in pencil 1988 and there's a stamp of S Buehl. The color of the body appears to be something that was only available in 1988 and the serial number is on the pots indicate 1988. Any help would be appreciated thanks!
 

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It was made in the Corona factory. When the management team bought Fender from CBS in 1985 they didn't buy the factory. But after the initial sale they did some tools and equipment including unused parts. Among those parts were headstock decals with serial numbers from 1983 and 1984 that hadn't been used during those years. When Fender brought out the American Standard models across 1987 they made the decision to use up those headstock decals that were in the parts they purchased from CBS.

It takes them well into 1988 to use up these 1983/84 serial number decals; it seems like they don't begin using 1988 ("E8xxxxx") serial numbers until roughly July 1988.
 

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It was made in the Corona factory. When the management team bought Fender from CBS in 1985 they didn't buy the factory. But after the initial sale they did some tools and equipment including unused parts. Among those parts were headstock decals with serial numbers from 1983 and 1984 that hadn't been used during those years. When Fender brought out the American Standard models across 1987 they made the decision to use up those headstock decals that were in the parts they purchased from CBS.

It takes them well into 1988 to use up these 1983/84 serial number decals; it seems like they don't begin using 1988 ("E8xxxxx") serial numbers until roughly July 1988.
 

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Well that's good to know and I guess really the only thing that matters is if it's a good guitar and it plays well and you like it!
 

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Got any more pics?
(who doesn't like looking at pics of teles?)

Also, this thread might of of interest:
 

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Thanks for posting the photos; yep, that shows it's a 1988 American Standard Tele made in the Corona CA factory.
 

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Got any more pics?
(who doesn't like looking at pics of teles?)

Also, this thread might of of interest:
 

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I have a telecaster with the serial number on the neck indicates Fullerton plant 1983. On further inspection after I took the guitar neck off it is signed in pencil 1988 and there's a stamp of S Buehl. The color of the body appears to be something that was only available in 1988 and the serial number is on the pots indicate 1988. Any help would be appreciated thanks!
I have such a Tele too, a 1988 American Standard in “Lake Placid Blue” (is that really this color's name?) with a 1983 label. My first electric guitar, bought in 1990. Love this guitar, I’ve played hundreds of gigs with it.
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I have such a Tele too, a 1988 American Standard in “Lake Placid Blue” (is that really this color's name?) with a 1983 label. My first electric guitar, bought in 1990. Love this guitar, I’ve played hundreds of gigs with it. View attachment 986819

This looks like the "gun metal blue" color to me. Nice early American Standard Tele!
 




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