Dating a squier telecaster
From this point onward all Fender necks incorporated truss rods.
The Esquire was reintroduced in 1951 as a single pickup Telecaster, at a lower price.
Fender had an electronics repair shop called Fender's Radio Service where he first repaired, then designed, amplifiers and electromagnetic pickups for musicians-chiefly players of electric semi-acoustic guitars, electric Hawaiian lap steel guitars, and mandolins.
Players had been "wiring up" their instruments in search of greater volume and projection since the late 1920s, and electric semi-acoustics (such as the Gibson ES-150) had long been widely available.
In the period roughly between 19, several craftsmen and companies experimented with solid-body electric guitars, but none had made a significant impact on the market.
Leo Fender's Telecaster was the design that made bolt-on neck, solid body guitars viable in the marketplace.
In 1951, Fender released the innovative and musically influential Precision Bass as a similar looking stable-mate to the Telecaster.
Fewer than fifty guitars were originally produced under that name, and most were replaced under warranty because of early manufacturing problems.
The so-called Nocaster was a short-lived variant of Telecaster.
Produced in early to mid-1951, it was the result of legal action from the Gretsch company over the guitar's previous name, the Broadcaster (Gretsch already had the "Broadkaster" name registered for a line of drums).
In particular, the Esquire necks had no truss rod and many were replaced due to bent necks.
Later in 1950, this single-pickup model was discontinued, and a two-pickup model was renamed the Broadcaster.
Rather, components were produced quickly and inexpensively in quantity and assembled into a guitar on an assembly line.