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Characteristics: transition logo including five individual patent numbers applied on top of the finish, Fender name imprinted non-reverse clover tuners with no ® mark and no rivet, strapholder on headstock back, curved rosewood fretboard, pearloid dot fret markers, medium jumbo fret wire, neck butt date ink stamps etc., fifth hole on neck butt for hanging while painting, F Series neck plate, neck pocket paint stick etc., body nail holes (for paint drying), tortoise shell/white/black/white vinyl pickguard or white/black/white vinyl pickguard on custom colors, ground shield under pickguard, thumb rest under G string, grey bobbin pickups (often hand dated), ground shield under pickups, chrome pickup cover and bridge cover with foam rubber string mute, flat top knobs, potentiometers, capacitor, cloth wiring, ground wire route underneath bridge, threaded bridge saddles, black tolex case with silver plastic logo and orange interior, hang tag.

Serial numbers ranged from roughly 180000 to 210000 although there are many overlapping exceptions. For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt, pickup and pot codes.