My intent with this site is to educate those who are on the hunt for that last affordable vintage Fender Stratocaster.Have a read through and hopefully you will pickup a few things to better assert yourself in the late 70's Stratocasters buyer's market. M = Model or Manufacturer O = Operator N = Neck configuration W = Week Y = Year D = Day Neck Stamps: MMNN*WWYD Example: 0900*3893 - Found on the very end of the neck heel, if at all, in green or dark red ink.
"Our managers, our agents, everyone around us were much older men and they were all saying rock'n'roll wouldn't last. That's what people like us did." The Shadows' distinctive sound was created with Fender guitars, and Marvin is credited with introducing the Fender Stratocaster to Britain.
First four digits are paired up, 09 is the model number for the Stratocaster, and 00 is the neck configuration, in his case a fretted Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard. 38 is the week, 9 stands for the year, 1979, and 3 is the day of the week, which is Wednesday.
The '*' represents a middle digit that is either an 'X', a '-' or something that resembles a '1/2' or '1/4' fraction.
He recalled: "I bumped into George Harrison in Abbey Road studios and he told me how much he loved the single. I remember we talked about it after I'd had that conversation with George - can't remember the substance of the debate but with hindsight we probably didn't apply very sound reasoning." Although he regrets the decision, Marvin, 67, can find solace in the fact that The Shadows remain as popular as ever.
'Take my advice,' he said, 'forget about being an instrumental group and follow up on the vocals.' "We didn't. They are currently on their 50th anniversary tour with Sir Cliff Richard.