Early silver face amps: Part 2 went into this topic in some detail, but since that article was printed, I have been asked a of questions about this subject.
Having matching body and headstock serial numbers ties the two pieces together. Less stress & more interesting 😃 Toppscore 😎 By entering this site you declare you read and agreed to its Terms, Rules & Privacy and you understand that your use of the site's content is made at your own risk and responsibility.
Then, the neck-butt date code stamp gives the Strat/Tele a true year & week of production. There are alot of people like me that up grade or just fix stuff.
These read something like T020366 or F034267 where the "66" and "67" denote the year and the "03" and "42" denote week of the year.
Of course, the most foolproof way is to pull the chassis and look at the layout.
The pickups and pots/potentiometers should have close dates to the neck-butt dates ~ then the guitar has a strong possibility to be original & complete (body & neck. I do that to all of my work on other peoples guitars and a letter stating all the mods I did. I was thinking of putting Lip Stick pick ups on my Strat. You can always get 1x10,2x10,3x10,4x10 cabinets and the same with 12" & 15" cabinet combinations. Also, I own several vintage combo amps & amp heads.