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Finally, a word of caution: This method applies only to American made pots and not all potentiometer manufacturers subscribed to the EIA source code date.If the code does not fit the above criteria, don’t force it and skew your dating results.Checkout online today and get free shipping in the US!When Nathan Daniel began making Danelectro guitars as a low-cost alternative to Gibson, Fender and Gretsch back in 1954, we'd wager he didn't expect one to end up in the hands of a bona fide rock god.Our review model is among the best-constructed Danos we've seen lately, too, with the cream binding firmly attached and the 21 frets well fitted.The only slight snag we experienced was a curious squeak from the aluminium nut slots during wide bends on the treble strings, but it's nothing a bit of lubrication won't clear up.The source dating code is an element of standardization that is administered by the Electronics Industries Alliance (EIA).The EIA assigns each manufacturer a three-digit code (there are some with one, two or four digits).
Stamped on every potentiometer (volume and tone pots) is a six- or seven-digit source code that tells who made the pot, as well as the week and the year.
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When dating an instrument by the ‘pot code,’ keep two things in mind: The potentiometers must be original to the piece (new solder, or a date code that is off by ten or more years is a good giveaway to spot replacement pots); and the pot code only indicates when the potentiometer was manufactured!
If the pot is an original, it indicates a date before which the guitar could not have been built – so it’s always a good idea to have extra reference material around.