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Like the body and neck dates, using serial numbers to date a Fender is not a sure bet.
At many points in Fender's history, serial number usage overlapped again owing to the modular manner of production.
Here the range of the L-series serial used each year.
Some of the earliest ones actually popped up in late 1962 as well: After the CBS purchase of Fender in 1965, the factory switched to a new serial sequence with numbers that continued the same general format used prior to the takeover.
In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument (see image).
Here are the rough serial number ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters: By mid-1954, Fender began using a universal serial number sequence for all its instruments.
For starters, there's the Reverb Price Guide which has thousands of entries with pictures and details on various guitars and other gear.
Some browsing around the Fender section of the Price Guide can definitely help you find which model you have.
Who knows how long it was waiting in the Fender factory before finding its way into a Tele?
Through much of Fender's production history, Fender workers would print or write a production date on both bodies and necks where the two pieces meet.
These dates will tell when the original part was manufactured, but are not exact indicators of when the guitar was actually put together and finished.
We also have some other blog posts related to Fender that can hopefully be of some help.
There's A Brief History of the Stratocaster Part I and Part II that follows the evolution of the most popular Fender guitar of all.