Dating telecaster neck
The smaller headstock and the neck were both patterned after earlier Fender necks.
Originally Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs was the first endorser of the guitar and premiered it at a NAMM Show show in Atlanta Georgia.
Five models were marketed—the Standard Bullet, Bullet Deluxe (S-2), S-3, H-1, and H-2—in addition to the two new bass models (a regular scale "B-34" and short scale "B-30").
Over the years Fender used modular production techniques that may have resulted in a guitar that has parts from one year to another.
Parts may have been produced in one year and left in a bin until they were ready to be paired with a body.
On some of the early Stratocaster’s it was stamped on the back of the Vibrato Cover Plate.
The Bridge Plate between the Pickup and the Saddles can also have Serial Numbers on some Telecaster’s.
Both models had 2 single coil pickups with a three-way selector switch.