Dating fender pickups
Walnut "skunk stripe" down back of neck where truss rod was installed.Single layer, white vinyl pickguard with 8 attachment screws. Each nickel plated saddle is stamped "Fender Pat Pend" (note reissue models are stamped "Fender Fender"). Vinyl plastic knobs and pickup covers replace "bakelite".If you are looking to buy or sell your Telecaster then the date is vital, this helps provide a provenance or authentic record for the guitar in question and that is one of the key factors which dictates its value.
Celluloid "mint green" three layer pickguard, with 11 attachment screws (some1959 transitional models have only 9 or 10 screws).
The majority of Broadcasters are dated November 1950.
A sure way to tell these two early guitars apart is that Broadcasters have truss rods, whereas all 1950 Esquires have no truss rod.
Contoured ash body, two-color (yellow to brown) sunburst finish.
Thin "spaghetti" peghead decal logo, no patent numbers."Small" peghead, round string tree, truss rod adjusts at butt. Serial number on neck plate (except April to May 1954 models on back tremolo plate).