Non-traditional Squier Vista Series instruments were also introduced in this period.Some late 80's and early 90's examples held a serial number with the prefix M followed by 7 numerals, although there is much that is not known about these guitars and their exact date of manufacture as Squier were undergoing a 'transitional' period at this time making precise dating difficult.
More successful that year was the follow-up to the best-selling guitar of the previous two years, which was Fender's Mexico-built Tom De Longe Stratocaster model.465 designating the Oxford EIA code, 2 designating the year 1962, and 17 designating the 17th week of ’62.Take a look at this ’62 Fender Princeton Amp, and you’ll see that exact speaker, as well as the typical Schumacher transformers (EIA 606) used in Fender amplifiers.Before the Fender Squier line of guitars was introduced in Fender was making lower priced guitars such as the Fender Lead series at its Fullerton, California plant. This list is a little convoluted because there are so many over lapping serial numbers.The changeover to the new owners can not deduce the serial numbers, because they continued the numbering at the same way. At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the head or on the cover plate of the vibrato. Remember, these serial and neck numbers were never really intended for historical dating.Eventually, I thought, I'll get a rough idea what the highest and lowest s/ns were.
Subtract one from the other and I'll have a rough-cut figure for how many were made. PRII owners were kind enough to start sending their serial numbers in.
I was puzzled to see how some of them were separated by over 100,000.
Could Fender make so many PRIIs, considering they were making the other 13 amp types in the range at the same time?
The EIA code will consist of 3 numbers followed by a date code of 3 or 4 numbers designating the year and the week.
To give an example, a typical Oxford speaker from the ’60s will look something like: 465-217.
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