Fender king dating
Fender King guitars were sequentially numbered and the number placed on the back of the guitar on a small metal plate.
As the name suggests the King was the top of Fender's nascent acoustic guitar line introduced in late 1963 as the folk boom took hold of the market.
Some things are very obvious such as non-original or reconed speakers, non-original transformers, replaced pots, re-tweed, re-tolex, re-grill, etc.
and these changes are often disclosed and of a non-malicious nature.
Fender amplifiers became established with the tweed series, wood cases covered in varnished cotton twill in the manner of suitcases of the era.
The King was available in a variety of high quality woods including Brazilian Rosewood and later included in the bizarre "Wildwood" line of multi-colored dyed wood finishes offered by Fender at the time.
The King/Kingman followed the standard Fender changes in neck inlays and hardware design changes which also help to date the instruments as serial numbers varied widely and offer little indication as to actual date of manufacture.
(The nickname is a misnomer, as tweed is a coarse woollen fabric, often woven in a twill pattern.) They were produced for more than a decade.
The first cloth used was an off-white fabric, followed by a horizontal-stripe two-tone pattern, and finally a two-tone twill.
In its acoustic line the standard Fender bolt-on neck design was carried over from the company's popular array of electric guitars and basses.