Dating fender telecaster serial
Dating your guitar by serial number is not always precise In early 1951, only a few months after the Broadcaster was officially introduced in late 1950.
Fender dropped the broadcaster name at the request of Gretsch, which had been selling a “Broadkaster” drum kit since 1948.
The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix). I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.
Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series.
In the early ’50s, television was the big thing in the U.