Dating fender tube amps by serial number part 1
Depending on the radius, thickness and contour of the neck, maples are generally brighter sounding with a bit more top and less mid range.Rosewood necks (or rosewood fretboard) has a slightly warmer tone with more mid range and perhaps an overall more balanced character.In fact, the reason why they are cheaper, ha sless to do with quality but rather lower labour costs, cheaper type of laquer and apply methods etc.Japanese Fenders are considered to be above the Mexicans and perhaps even just as good as the US.Consider it a bonus if the stock pickups are to your liking.The string and pickup height and the tremolo action is often set to a so-called factory standardized setup.Body: alder Neck: modern C-shape maple (50s) and rosewood fretboard (60s) Pickups: vintage style single coils “based on” respectively 50s and 60s tones Pros: light weight and easy to play, classic looks and tone Cons: hardware and electronics are more or less just for show and should be replaced Considering the Classic Vibe?The stock tremolo system can be hard to keep in tune and it may also lack some sustain and resonance.
Alder is used in most Fender Strats mainly because of its light weight and it’s easy to finish due to minimal grain lines.
Some basic knowledge about the different wood types, neck and body profiles, pickups etc will help you in making the best choice.
There’s little doubt that US Fenders are better than Mexicans.
This can easily be adjusted later on, so don’t dismiss a perfectly good guitar just because the setup isn’t how you normally prefer it.
Keep in mind though that there’s a difference between a setup that you don’t like and a bad setup caused by poor assembly and parts. Over the last decade, Squire has regained much of its old reputation of producing high quality instruments for even the tightest budgets.
Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us.