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Fender Serial Number Lookup: Abbreviations & Acronyms

Fender Serial Number Lookup: Abbreviations & Acronyms

This post is for any of you who have used the Fender's serial number lookup page and would like to know what all the abbreviations and/or acronyms mean when you look up your guitar. (PS: the Fender lookup is a great resource, but it won't cover vintage instruments. For that, you can see our serial number database, which covers Fender and many other brands.) I will be adding to this list regularly. PLEASE see more info at bottom of page that explains how the Fender lookup works! Fun fact: Did you know...


VLOG: How to Remove Scratches

VLOG: How to Remove Scratches

Today we do a little 10-minute demo on minor scratch removal. These techniques, while used on a clear gloss headstock, can also work on a painted body. Just remember to start on a small section (if possible less visible) and err on the side of a higher grit. If you find it does not remove the scratches you're trying to get rid of, you can then try a lower grit. (read more on Youtube page.)

Video: How to Get Rid of Guitar Finish Haze

Video: How to Get Rid of Guitar Finish Haze

In this short video I show how I try to get rid of finish haze on a bass using naptha, rubbing compund, and other cleaners.

Pot Codes Can Help Date Your Guitar

Pot Codes Can Help Date Your Guitar

Pot codes can help you determine the year your guitar or bass was manufactured, especially in cases where you can't find a serial number on the instrument, or the serial number still leaves room for interpretation. (If you can find the serial number, go to our extensive Serial Number Database to help you find your baby's born on date.)

Keep in mind there are lots of cases where a manufacturer such as Fender may buy pots in bulk and use them over several years, so you can't always count on pot codes...


Gibson Les Paul 70s Tribute Goldtop w/ Mini-Humbuckers! - Setup

Gibson Les Paul 70s Tribute Goldtop w/ Mini-Humbuckers! - Setup

You're looking at a beautiful 2012 Gibson Les Paul 70s Tribute Goldtop that shows some really cool relic wear. Look at the pics and you'll see it's got some extensive checking on the body, and the gold paint is starting to chip along the edges just like you see on those vintage Gibsons from the old days. ALSO, the pickups have been upgraded to BHK mini-humbuckers, and they sound amazing! 

Sports a mahogany body, solid carved maple top, and maple neck with volute and baked maple fretboard. The 12-inch radius neck has what Gibson calls "a unique 70s thin-to-thick profile." It's basically a 60s Slim up by the nut and chunkier like a 50s rounded profile higher up on the neck.