Dating a fender showmaster
Therefore, while helpful in determining a of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.
Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.
But once again, due to Fender`s modular production methods and often non-sequential serial numbering (usually overlapping two to four years from the early days of Fender to the mid-1980s), dating by serial number is not always precisely definitive.
The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.
Example: M1xxxxxx = 1991 No prefix – The first 2 numbers following the prefix is the year. The plant from which the COB serial number prefix models originate remains a mystery.
Usually the S in ICS designates a Factory Special Run or FSR guitar manufactured by Cor-Tek in Indonesia.
Example: ICS10xxxxxx = 2010 IS – The first 2 numbers following the prefix is the year. Example: SI08xxxxxxx = 2008 Some Squier IIs were made in India around 1989-1990. Made in India Squier IIs seem to follow the made in USA serial numbering scheme.
I'm guessing if we were to write to Fender they may be able to help but their online application doesn't seem to support our serial And as far as "Is it a good guitar? It sits beside my 1972 Gibson Les paul deluxe and for my ears, it's just as good.
It’s a Frankenstein’s Guitar that tries to be a Tele, a Strat, and something else.
Ask me about my Fender Showmaster, the set-neck 24 fret strat with seymour duncan pickups.