Dating telecaster bridge plates
As the strings will continue along the line of the saddles, this was easy to do (no longer a string through, but along the same straight line as they were over the saddle).
To do this, we carefully placed the bridge into a vice (with a cloth surrounding it to prevent any scratches) and used a straightedge to continue the line started by the saddle groove and marked it with a pencil (photo 2).
Have you been thinking about installing a vibrato on your vintage Telecaster, but love the stock bridge?
In many cases, it is possible to modify the stock bridge plate to accommodate the new string path!
Fender had an electronics repair shop called Fender's Radio Service where he first repaired, then designed, amplifiers and electromagnetic pickups for musicians — chiefly players of electric semi-acoustic guitars, electric Hawaiian lap steel guitars, and mandolins.
Some Fender products are intentional recreations or reissues of vintage guitars and amplifiers, and may therefore incorporate markings or text associated with original patents that have since expired.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.When I look at the dating chart information they all say "except for 52 reissue' Can someone tell me where I can find the serial on this guitar? I thought the number on the bridge was the patent number since it said patent pending. That's a odd place for a serial number, 2 screws and you can change serial numbers. That's just the way they did it back then (say 1950-1954) on the Broadcaster/"Nocaster"/Telecaster so they recreated it for the AV '52.
Side note - the very earliest Strats in 1954 had the serial number engraved on the plastic back plate that covers the trem springs - which a lot of folks simply removed to make string changes easier.
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.