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So, they ordered neckplates that were supposed to have numbers above 100,000.

So, the company just used the L Plates not wanting to let them go to waste.

After CBS took over Fender changed the neck plates once again.

Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap in some years.

Before the later 1970’s Fender never expected the guitars to be collectable or for serial numbers to be important.

Dating a Fender guitar with the serial number is a hit or miss propisition.

It helps narrow things down, but in most cases is an inexact science.

So starting in mid-1976 the serial number was moved to a decal on the peghead.

Even with the new system, Fender didn’t like to throw away a perfectly good serialized decal just because the year code would be incorrect.

The bridge plate or neckplate were applied to a guitar with no thought to keeping any kind of number sequence.

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