Dating number plate

08-Mar-2020 17:46

While there are several places on Vintage Kramer to learn about serial numbers, here is a rundown of serial numbers, with year models and distiguishing characteristics for I. Notes: 1981-82 Strat copy headstocks (A8000s-B2000) - Necks Made by ESP - Bodies by Sports Flat chrome plates Logo, Made in USA and serial number stamped Some "A" and "B" plates have been spotted on overseas guitars.

These serial numbers do not pertain to the new line of Kramers from Musicyo.

Range - F0001-13XXX (presumed) Notes: 1986-90 "Pointy Droopy" or "Shark" headstocks(E2000s-G series) - Bodies and Necks by ESP Die cast plates in chrome and black sporting "Neptune, NJ" on them with the banana Kramer logo.

Range - GXXXX-XXXX Notes: 1990-"hockey stick" heads again (these were sold as NOS parts at the close out and mostly never associated with a serial number or neckplate).

Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items.

He never invisioned a need to pinpoint the manufacturing date of any of his guitars.

In 1957/1958 some serial numbers started with a minus sign (“-“), or had a “0” prefix before the number.

It helps narrow things down, but in most cases is an inexact science.Range - E0001-13XXX Notes: Late 85 "Banana" or "Hockeystick' headstocks (to the E2000s) - Necks Made by La Si Do, Sports - Bodies by Sports Die cast plates in chrome sporting "Neptune, NJ" on them with the banana Kramer logo.Notes: Some Custom plates begin with "0" with four letter proceeding, for example "07878".Double stamped serial number plates were also produced (number on both front and back of the neck plate) in late 1957 to early 1959.Unfortunately, there is also some overlap in serial numbers between years — again due to the fact that neckplates were re-ordered various times from various manufacturers.

It helps narrow things down, but in most cases is an inexact science.Range - E0001-13XXX Notes: Late 85 "Banana" or "Hockeystick' headstocks (to the E2000s) - Necks Made by La Si Do, Sports - Bodies by Sports Die cast plates in chrome sporting "Neptune, NJ" on them with the banana Kramer logo.Notes: Some Custom plates begin with "0" with four letter proceeding, for example "07878".Double stamped serial number plates were also produced (number on both front and back of the neck plate) in late 1957 to early 1959.Unfortunately, there is also some overlap in serial numbers between years — again due to the fact that neckplates were re-ordered various times from various manufacturers.The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years.