Some might go by the pot codes, but those could have been stock a year or more old by the time they were put into the newly finished guitar.Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?
Pickup Codes: OOWWYY Example: 202378 - It is believed the first two digits are an operator designation for the person operating the pickup winder, this according to Abigail Ybarra herself.
The second pair of digits are the week, but I have seen one example where the second digits were 72.
So, you can't afford that '54 Strat, or that '64, or even that '74 for that matter.
Your last chance to own a vintage Fender Stratocaster is with the guitars of the late 1970's.
The first three digits refer to the manufacturer, CTS.
The last four are broken up into pairs, where the first two, 78, stand for 1978 and the last two stand for the week, which is the 18th.
TBX tone control pot is included for added tone-shaping power.
Ultimate output and control for tone-hungry players. Kit includes: Mid-Boost circuit, TBX control pot, (2) standard CTS pots, stereo jack, and wiring diagram.
They are believed to just be some kind of quality check stamps.
Pot Codes: MMMYYWW Example: 1377818 - In 1977 found on the side of the pots, moved to the bottom (and unfortunately sometimes covered with solder) in 1978.
Offers a wider tone variation than standard tone controls.