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The Fender headstock logo is a great way to quickly get an idea of when a particular instrument was manufactured.

Fender has used several styles of logos to adorn the headstocks of their guitars. Generally they fall into 3 different types, "Spaghetti", "Transition", and "CBS".

The thin "Spaghetti" logo comes in two color variations, silver with black trim, and gold with black trim. The Broadcaster first appeared with gold with black trim, while the Telecaster and Esquire initially were introduced with silver with black trim. Between 1952 and 1955 the Esquire has a gold with black trim logo.

Stratocasters from 1954 to towards the end of 1964 have a thin "Spaghetti" logo.

The "Transition" logo was used from towards the end of 1965 through 1967.

The "CBS" logo appears in 1968 and continues until 1980.

The P-Bass and Jazzmaster follow the same introduction and phase out of logo styles as the Stratocaster.

The Jazzbass has always used a "Transistion" style logo. It switched to the "CBS" logo in 1968. The Jazz bass has never used a "Spaghetti" style logo.

With the revival of interest in vintage instruments, in the 1980's Fender changed back to using "transition" and "spaghetti" logos, depending on the model.