The other indicator on Fender copies is the Tokai logo on the headstock.At some point in time the 'T' was changed from a backwards 'F' look to a normal looking 'T'.At that time, Fender USA was still trying to get back up on its feet after the CBS buyout, as USA quality under CBS ownership let their standards really slip.until the new factory was built in Corona, California. I purchased this Telecaster brand new and I remember the transaction at a San Diego Dealer.
Starting in February 1951, Fender cut the word "Broadcaster" off of their headstock decals.
Other Person states that S8xxxxx SN#s are for 1977-1982.
Are there no charts or lists available that discuss updates or discrepancies? ============= The white Fender label within the Telecaster body cavity neck bolt assembly area = SN#S8530903, same as the neck headstock decal.
It has been estimated that 80% of the guitars sold during this time were made in Japan.
When the Corona plant was started up, only the Vintage Reissue Stratocaster models were first produced (between late 1985 through 1986).
Check out the picture from the '85/'86 catalog, on the catalog page, to see what I mean.