The prefix "CL" and "CLF" stand for "Clarence Leo" and "Clarence Leo Fender", respectively. The George Fullerton model, which when changed to 4-bolt neck attachment, continued with serial numbers using the prefix "GF", for "George Fullerton" until discontinued.Enthusiasts interested in production dates and serialization are well advised to visit Guitars By to research the registry and accompanying text.
The 4-bolt neck guitars and 6-bolt basses changed to serial numbers beginning with "CL".About one year later, the numbers changed to a "CLF" prefix.A possible explanation is that Fender just had a large box filled with neckplates and thus placed on guitars in a semi-random fashion.Of course, the box would not contain 10,000 neckplates but rather a couple thousand at the most. It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name.
Squier Company manufactured strings for violins, banjos, and guitars.
Their legal department politely declined] Here are some Fender serial number resources.
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Below are comments made by author Paul Bechtoldt circa 1992.
Please note that his comments do not reflect changes to G&L instruments since that time.
ABOUT THIS SECTION The information in the table and text below the horizontal bar was compiled by Paul Bechtoldt, columnist for Vintage Guitar Magazine, and is included in his book G&L: Leo's Legacy.