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Jerry Berger


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Nampa, Idaho USA
Post  Posted 7 Nov 2019 1:04 pm    
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Yesterday I removed the tuner trays to see when my steel was made. The only writing/numbers that were inside the tuner tray pockets were these numbers (38024) nothing else. Does anybody know what those numbers represent? The steel came in a black case. Thanks
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Jeff Mead


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Post  Posted 8 Nov 2019 4:00 am     Re: Fender Stringmaster D-8 (Short Scale)
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Jerry Berger wrote:
Yesterday I removed the tuner trays to see when my steel was made. The only writing/numbers that were inside the tuner tray pockets were these numbers (38024) nothing else. Does anybody know what those numbers represent? The steel came in a black case. Thanks


No idea what those numbers would be. Are those numbers under both pans? They stopped writing the date in about 1960. If it's the original case it's probably mid 60s or later. On the tuner pans below the Fender logo does it have a patent number or Pat Pend? A patent number would indicate post 1965. If the buttons are slightly hexagonal shaped rather than rounded oval that would suggest late 60s/70s.


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Glenn Wilde


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California, USA
Post  Posted 8 Nov 2019 7:13 am    
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If the strings are still off it you can pull the control plate and get the codes off the pots, they give a roundabout date.
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Jerry Berger


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Nampa, Idaho USA
Post  Posted 8 Nov 2019 1:29 pm    
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Jeff,
There is a patent number below the Fender logo on both of the tuner pans. Also the tuner buttons are slightly hexagonal. I guess that answers my question. Thanks Very Happy

Thanks for your input too Glenn.

Jerry
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Jeff Mead


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Post  Posted 8 Nov 2019 2:02 pm    
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Jerry Berger wrote:
Jeff,
There is a patent number below the Fender logo on both of the tuner pans. Also the tuner buttons are slightly hexagonal. I guess that answers my question. Thanks Very Happy

Thanks for your input too Glenn.

Jerry


In that case, pot codes probably won't help - they'll almost certainly be 1966. Fender bought a load of them and used them for about 10 years.
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Andy Sandoval


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Bakersfield, California, USA
Post  Posted 9 Nov 2019 12:27 am    
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How's about a photo or two?
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Jerry Berger


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Nampa, Idaho USA
Post  Posted 9 Nov 2019 9:49 am     Fender Stringmaster D-8 - Short Scale
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Andy Sandoval wrote:
How's about a photo or two?

Here you go Andy



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Stephen Cowell


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Round Rock, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 9 Nov 2019 4:05 pm    
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Oval, not hexagonal tuners... so pre-1970's I believe. Poly finish, black case... probably '65-'70ish.
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Scott Thomas


Post  Posted 10 Nov 2019 9:59 am    
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I recalled that at some point Fender put a patent number under the front decal. It's hard to find a picture of that, but I did find one from a for sale ad for a dated '66 model. It had the regular old kluson tuner buttons. So I'm thinking Jerry's is more late than mid '60s.
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