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Peghead decal logo now has 5 patent numbers (2,817,261 added).Peghead decal has 3 patent numbers (2,741,146 & 3,143,028 & DES 169,062).
Single layer, white vinyl pickguard with 8 attachment screws. Each nickel plated saddle is stamped "Fender Pat Pend" (note reissue models are stamped "Fender Fender"). Vinyl plastic knobs and pickup covers replace "bakelite".
Polyester thick finish replaces nitrocellulose lacquer. Die-cast 1 piece chrome Mazac tremolo replaces 2 piece steel unit. 2nd string tree added on peghead to hold G and D strings. Starting in 1980, Fender switches back to the (more attactive) small pre-CBS peghead style on most models.
"Bullet" truss rod adjusts at peghead instead of butt-end of neck. Black 3 layer pickguard, black knobs and black pickup covers. That is, black pickguards with white knobs and covers are seen first, followed by black pickguards and black knobs and covers. We're always looking to get feedback on our dating details so if you have pictures or adjustments, please give us a shout.
Also, while we are not a Fender dealer, we often have some in our used selection that come and go quickly so take a look on our used guitars, basses and amps page.
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.
As with the Marshall logo, the original ‘spaghetti’ style Fender logo (above) is by [someone unknown], although general chatter suggests it was based on Leo Fender’s own signature with the ‘F’ being simply reversed!