Fender lap steel dating
Our serial number guide shows approximate date of manufacture.For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise idea of the date of manufacture.SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1950's to 1964 In early 1965, Fender was sold to the CBS.The old Fender serial number scheme did not change immediately as CBS to use up existing parts and use existing tooling however a large F logo was added to the neck plate shortly after the accquisition.SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1965 to 1976 In 1982 the Vintage Series of guitars was introduced.
Rickenbacher A-22 Fry Pan Lap Steel Guitar The earliest electric lap steel made with the Rickenbacher name, which later changed it's spelling to Rickenbacker, with a "K", was made from aluminum.
It is known informally as the "fry pan", due to it's shape.
Like the best of all pre-war Rickenbachers, the fry pan has a 1 1/2" wide "horse-shoe" pickup, which is considered to be one of the best sounding pickups of any made to date.
The narrower 1 1/4" pickups found on post-war Rickenbachers are less desirable and sought after. Rickenbacher Electro Model B Lap Steel Some examples of the model B from later in the 1930's were made with white plastic plates.
The earliest examples of the "fry pan" have a volume control only. While the fry pan remained in production for many years, Rickenbacher soon added another model with a body made from Bakelite. Serial number C1366 Rickenbacher Electro Model B Lap Steel Pre-war bakelite steel with two "arrow" knobs on opposing sides, and chrome plates. Serial number C 2164 Rickenbacher Electro Model B Lap Steel Pre-war bakelite steel with two "concentric" knobs on same side, and white painted plates. Pre-war bakelite steel with two "concentric" knobs on same side, and white plastic plates.