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Dating vintage fender pots

Among other things, the pickups and covers, the plastic-tipped Kluson gears, the knobs and even the Desert Sand finish were applied to both the Champ lap steels and the 3/4 scale student guitars!

Even Richard Smith’s astonishing “Fender: The Sound Heard ‘round the World” spares only a few paragraphs to the student guitars.

Of course, given the astounding success of the three previous guitars (the Tele, P-Bass and Strat) it’s understandable that the less prominent 3/4 scale instruments would receive little mention, but it is maddening that so little is known about the R & D side.

And right around the corner would be an update project for the P-Bass, the introduction of their electric Mandolin, and the development of the successor to the Strat, the radical Jazzmaster.

They were certainly one busy little company in the mid 1950s when, surveying their electric guitar line-up, they decided to add a low-end instrument to accompany their mid-priced workhorse Telecaster guitar and the high-end Stratocaster.

A small number of instruments were produced in a color other than beige.

At least a few Red examples (some with black pickup covers) from circa 1957/1958 are known to exist, but photographs that have circulated of several other color schemes are not convincing proof, in my humble opinion, that they are necessarily original.

They next released the Precision Bass, and followed that up with the Stratocaster.

While all this was going on, Fender refined and added to their amplifier and steel guitar line as well.

The solid steel saddles were replaced with the threaded style saddles.

The anodization became a bit thicker and somewhat more durable on the pickguard.

What is known is that the 3/4 scale Fender guitars were conceptually conceived in the latter part of 1955 as a result of a request from the Sales Department to produce an instrument for this niche.