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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / What color ink did Fender use for the neck heel date stamps on pre-CBS guitars?


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Paul Viriyapanthu
Dec 15th, 2018 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

As sort of an explanation, I'm partially color blind so I can't tell the difference between certain colors. I wanted to know what color was the ink that Fender used to stamp the heel on the necks of guitars for pre-CBS guitars and if it changed to black post-CBS.

this website http://www.guitarhq.com/fender.html says it was dark blue or red. However, when I take a look at the stampings (at least for guitars made after the CBS buyout in 1965) it looks like the color was black. See link

So did Fender use red or blue for pre-CBS guitars, and black for post CBS guitars, or did the blue or red darken to look black? Thanks for the help

1967 telecaster

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NW Pennsylvania

Dec 15th, 2018 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Leo Fender, being a notrious cheapskate... more than likely used whatever was available.

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Dec 16th, 2018 03:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Pre 62 it was either pencil or pen

62 onward black ink

you can see all the strats from 54 to 66 pulled apart and explained here

Doc Sarvis
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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Dec 16th, 2018 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Pre 62 it was either pencil or pen"

Yep my 57 Tele is in pencil and my 64 and 65 guitars are stamped with black ink.


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Paul Viriyapanthu
Dec 17th, 2018 01:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks so much guys. I appreciated that. Seriously, I was looking at these and thinking it was my partial color blindness that made me think it was black. So that website is wrong then. oh well. least it got cleared up.

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