Dating fender pickups
First of all, we need to define who a pickup artist is.
That is a man who uses certain methods to attract and seduce women. There is a certain (and a quite big) community that teaches the art of pickup.
Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".
My intent with this site is to educate those who are on the hunt for that last affordable vintage Fender Stratocaster.
A guitar neck could have been produced in 1956, then slapped onto a body in 1957 and if late enough in the year pickups may have been put in early 1958.
The best option for getting a close production date is to remove the neck from the body.
Numbers are 60s era pups were not dated this way AFAIK. Thanks, Dan Yes, for that era, the "2" would indicate 1972.Up until 1967, Fender did have several processes that can be measured to determine the date of their pickups.