Late 70's Strats have the serial number on the headstock below 'Fender'.

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You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?

Some dealers simply go by the serial number, which you will discover can be far from accurate.

The trussrod was inserted through the back of the neck and the channel filled with the Walnut "skunk stripe".

This manufacturing process was used regardless of whether it was a Maple or Rosewood fingerboard.

ALOT of "1979" Strats with S9 serial numbers I've recently seen online appear to be from 1980, including the Strat I bought.

Body and Neck: All bodies are Ash, and usually a heavy piece.Rosewood fingerboards of 1970's Strats retain the "round-lam" style started in the 60's where a thin laminate is glued onto the curved Maple neck surface. Body Routings: In the 1970's profiles of the pickup routings became slightly wide and squared on the ends. Hardtail models also aquired a dollar sized impression just over 1/4" deep in the bridge pickup rout.Not sure of the function, it must have something to do with the machining process (a guide of some sort, perhaps).Pickup Codes: OOWWYY Example: 202378 - It is believed the first two digits are an operator designation for the person operating the pickup winder, this according to Abigail Ybarra herself.The second pair of digits are the week, but I have seen one example where the second digits were 72.So, you can't afford that '54 Strat, or that '64, or even that '74 for that matter.