Dating tele pickups
Up until 1967, Fender did have several processes that can be measured to determine the date of their pickups.
Even if you've never really used a multimeter, don't be intimidated by it for this project.
In 1971, Fender changed the model to use Humbucking pickups, a "bullet" truss rod (adjusts at peg head), and the peg head decal was changed to read "Fender Telecaster Thinline".
The original Telecaster Thinline was reissued by Fender of Japan in the early 1990’s.
Starting in the summer of 1951, Fender adopted the name "Telecaster" for this model, and started using new decals after all the old clipped decals were used.
The Telecaster Thinline, much like Gibson's 335, has a solid center with hollow "wings" and a single "F" hole.This is due to the fact that little has changed since then.Identifying pickups after1967 is less simplistic and requires a level of research that goes beyond the scope of this how-to.All we are going to deal with is measuring the ohms of a pickup, written as such on your meter or by the ? Turn on the multimeter and set it to the 20k ohms setting.Make sure that the black probe is plugged into the common ground socket on the meter (typically identified as COM on the meter) and the red probe is plugged in the volts/ohms socket (this should be easily identifiable as well on any multimeter). Pickups that are found to be built prior to 1965 are considered extremely valuable.
Therefore, there are many considerations regarding dating your Telecaster but what follows is a comprehensive general guide and a table of dates and the features and specifications which identify that period in the lines history.