Subsequent research has unearthed quite a few inaccuracies in Scott's numbers, so any serial number guides cribbing from Scott are also incorrect.
I read recently that the first two numbers are the year, but this seems wrong to me at least sometimes. Hagstrom do publish a serial number book, but (if my memory serves) the money from the sales of the book goes to the Hagstrom workers pension scheme or something - so I think they've asked for it not to be reproduced....
"And the action is determined by the string height in relation to the fingerboard. And a very subtle change in angle can throw it off." He's not exaggerating; more than once he says he has unscrewed a neck from a Fender guitar to find a few pieces of paper or a match cover stuffed in the joint — items that guitar assemblers added to make minor, but essential, adjustments in the angle of the neck.
"So," he stressed, "the neck should only be removed by an experienced guitar repairman or technician." Kerry, who has repaired instruments as well as appraised them, could tell by the tension as he turned the screws that they had never been removed before.
The list of artists who've used a Fender guitar amp live or on record is enormous.
It seems as if everyone has used them at some point, including Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Strokes, Radiohead and White Stripes, to name but a few.