Dating fender bass guitars
By the end of the year, Fender had become convinced that manufacturing was more profitable than repair, and he decided to concentrate on that business.
Kauffman remained unconvinced, however, and they had amicably parted ways by early 1946.
The company is a privately held corporation, with the controlling majority of its stock owned by a group of its own company officers and managers.
Production began in 1945 with Hawaiian lap steel guitars (incorporating a patented pickup) and amplifiers, which were sold as sets.This change was said to have been made in an effort to save money, but actually suited the new 'improved' micro-tilt adjustment of the neck (previously requiring neck removal and shimming), but it also resulted in a greater propensity toward mechanical failure in the guitars.The culmination of this "cost-cutting" occurred in 1983, when the Fender Stratocaster received a short-lived redesign without a second tone control and a bare-bones output jack (Dan Smith model) as well as three special-design single-coil pickups with an internal dummy coil for hum cancellation and an active circuit featuring a TBX treble/bass expander, a 12d B MDX midrange booster and three push-push buttons for pickup selection (Elite Series).These amps varied in output from 3 watts to 75 watts.Fender moved to Tolex coverings for the amps in 1960 with the exception of the Champ which kept its tweed until 1964.