Dating telecaster bridge plates
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I had a 2004; it did have a "certificate" with the serial number as well, which is a good thing since the guitar also came with an additional 6-saddle vintage bridge (in the case, not installed) that did not have a serial number on it.
Introduced for national distribution as the Broadcaster in the autumn of 1950, it was the first guitar of its kind manufactured on a substantial scale and has been in continuous production in one form or another since its first incarnation.
The Fender Telecaster was developed by Leo Fender in Fullerton, California in 1950.
The neck date is penciled on the heal end of the neck on the 52's but you have to loosen the neck screws to see it.
Both of the ones I have owned or a couple buddy's had all had them penciled this way. Enjoy T2 What I found on the net:4 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck date for specific year)5 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U.
I bought this bridge and installed in a MIM Tele for that classic bridge look, feel and sound. You pay for the brand, but you get the quality you desire.