To this day, their violins are noted for their exceptional varnishes, and they command high prices as fine examples of early U. In the 1930s, Squier began making strings for the era's new electric instruments; the company also sold pianos, radios and phonograph records until divesting itself of all string-related products in 1961. Squier Company became an official original equipment manufacturer for Fender in 1963. By the mid-1970s, the Squier name was retired as the strings had taken the Fender name.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation entered the picture in the 1950s, when the V. Squier Company began supplying Southern California inventor and businessman Leo Fender with strings for his unusual new electric guitars. Before the Fender Squier line of guitars was introduced in 1982, Fender was making lower priced guitars such as the Fender Lead series at its Fullerton, California plant.
It’s unknown if the tweed covering was a mistake (“Oops, I thought this was a 4x10 Bassman cabinet that I was covering”) or intentional, perhaps as a special order.
Non-Schumacher transformers – It’s been universally accepted that Fender only used Schumacher transformers on amps made in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Keep a copy in your car's glovebox for those pawn shops, flea markets and yard sale finds where you don't have computer access. (You're welcome.) - Overview of collecting vintage Fender guitars, basses and amps. - His website is primarily geared toward vintage 6-string guitars, but much of the information is applicable to basses as well when it comes to dating. If you don't have Microsoft WORD you can download the Microsoft "WORD READER" free HERE.I've tried it on two different basses of known manufacture date with dead-on accurate results.- As a last resort when you can't find a reliable date from the instrument serial or super reliable neck codes you can resort to dating the pots. Also if you have the guitar manufacture date you can see if it has original pots. Pot code dating will tell you when the pot was made, so the instrument most likely is not older than the pot, unless the pot was changed out for an older pot. Most often all pots in an instrument have the same code.- From Vintage Guitars in the UK comes a wonderful source of information detailing the evolutionary chronology of the number one electric bass in history!The input field for your serial is near the bottom of the page.- You might or might not ever find out what year your Yamaha was made.