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Chris Scruggs


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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 12 Jun 2015 4:25 pm     Reply with quote

Regarding serial numbers, they started back at the beginning when they went to the Mark II Stringmaster in 1955. I owned a November 55 D-8 with a 0075 serial number, yet my earlier October 1954 Stringmaster is serial number 460. The plates with the serial numbers are not interchsmgable between the two eras so they must have restarted the serial number process.
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Chris Scruggs


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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 12 Jun 2015 4:35 pm     Reply with quote

Brad , Miles and Jeff, that chart is for guitar serial numbers, not steel guitar serial numbers. The "-" prefix in the serial number is something you see on guitars from 56-57., and those beginning and ending serials for each year correspond with my roundneck Fwnser instruments of that era. In apring 63 the serial numbers started carrying a letter L at the beginning of the serial number, that was an accident as was the "-" in the late 50s.

Pre 1954 Fender guitars (the only models offered were the Telecaster/Esquire and Precision Bass)have the serial number stamped on the bridge (except for the pre-production Startocasters which have the serial on the white plastic trem speing cover) so that's why the chart starts at 1954, when Femder moved the serials for all standard guitars and bass guitars to the neck plate. This is also responsible for a lot of the confusion surrounding people who say Pete Frampton's Strat was the first one built. It wasn't, it just had the 0001 neck plate serial number...
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Jeff Mead


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Post Posted 12 Jun 2015 11:23 pm     Reply with quote

Chris Scruggs wrote:
...This is also responsible for a lot of the confusion surrounding people who say Pete Frampton's Strat was the first one built. It wasn't, it just had the 0001 neck plate serial number...


Chris - Strat 0001 actually belongs to David Gilmour.
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Chris Scruggs


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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 13 Jun 2015 6:03 pm     Reply with quote

D'oh! That's what I meant. I don't know why I typed PF, I absolutely meant DG.
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basilh


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 3 Feb 2016 6:20 am     Reply with quote

We need more serial numbers and descriptions/pictures to expand the list..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxnyVAlTu2w
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basilh


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 10:46 am     Reply with quote

Tom Wolverton wrote:
My big question is this: What year did the 26" scale SM stop being produced? Was it when the blender pots showed up? I.e. has anyone ever seen a long scale SM with blender pots?

Tom, the long scale Stringmaster DOES have a blender pot..
CLICK THIS to view my bars——>
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Brad Davis


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 11:05 am     Reply with quote

I remember reading some old threads that made me wonder whether the earliest (mid-late-1953) Stringmasters, prototypes perhaps, had the same "blend" circuit. For example, did Noel Boggs' first Stringmaster have a blend circuit or a more conventional tone circuit?

Clearly the long scales were made into early-mid 1955 before retooling for the new design. Based on some anecdotal observation here and elsewhere I wonder whether there might be some slight semblance of logic to the long scale serial numbers. I have noticed that the quads tend to have fairly low serial numbers, even for examples made much later than some 2 and 3 neck guitars with very high serial numbers. My quad for example is 0083 from 12-54. So perhaps there is some sort of relationship between serial numbers and neck configuration? This would seem to make sense as there were far fewer quads and so the serial range would stay fairly low. Of course a much earlier quad example with a serial like 0900+ would blow this flimsy theory out of the water.
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basilh


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Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 12:29 pm     Reply with quote

Here is the ORIGINAL Blend control on the MkI Stringmaster..


And this is how it works:--->
https://youtu.be/mxnyVAlTu2w
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