At the bottom of the page, they even list a number of available books that may help you date your guitar.I've tried tracking the history of my guitar, serial number etc.1974 Electric Mandolin specs: Black 3 ply pickguard replaces white. i found the specs a little tricky to disipher, not knowing some of the lingo.1976 Electric Mandolin (Fender Mandocaster) discontinued. i'm also a little disapointed the date-stamp is illegible.....anyway, i really appreciate your help, all of you!Next person opens a new box at random out of the stack of boxes and does the same thing returning their decals to the first girls box or any box on the shelf with space to hold them wrong sequence and completely wrong place in the numbering. With that summary, you can date one by eye within a few years, but as already suggested, by taking off the neck you can fine tune the date to the year. If so, what if any, is printed on the back of them? Plastic single ply, 3-ply, or maybe anodized aluminum?Carry this on five or six times a day and by the end of the first week you have a couple years worth of serial numbers mixed at random BUT its unimportant because as with any and most large companies the exact number is meaningless because its simply an inventory tracking and warranty registering tool and what number it is doesnt matter Scott Fretboard, rosewood or maple? *One correction to make: I believe the first model had a slab body (i.e., non-countoured), until it was updated in 1958. A picture of the butt end of the neck would be helpful. the pick-guard is 3 layers, black/white/black and is plastic.
*One correction to make: I believe the first model had a slab body (i.e., non-countoured), until it was updated in 1958. One thing I've realized (at least looking at some other models, particularly the EM-200) is that the years aren't necessarily the years that the updates were made, they are just "what are the features for that model year that are different from previous years." OK, so I took the neck off.... What i see on the neck itself is the word X ARMENTA On the body of the mando (where the neck fits into it)... It is a 3 color sunburst (Black, red, yellow) The case is black, says fender in chrome (looks just like a mini strat case) and the inside is red crushed/fuzzy velvet. It's been a while since I've been in to Fender dating minutia... Based upon these last bullets at the above link, it could be from 1974 - 1976?Does anybody know if this model was a re-issue of a particular vintage Fender Strat year??It has quite a few vintage touches(8 hole single ply pickguard, butt end truss rod adjuster, fiesta red color, vintage size fretsw/ maple neck) It looks like it could be a vintage re-issue except for the modern style string trees and die-cast "Fender" tuners. I'm no expert on these so please take my comments as being only my own personal opinion and use them for what you feel they are worth.Before I go any further here, I have to say that the mid 80's MIJ Squiers seem to be completely different animals from later MIJ's.The "E series" MIJ's (such as Paisley's and mine) really seem to of MUCH higher quality than later MIJ's.