Dating telecaster body
Starting in the summer of 1951, Fender adopted the name "Telecaster" for this model, and started using new decals after all the old clipped decals were used.Note that whilst the above dates are accurate, be aware that Fender was a month or two ahead in making body parts so that the date of the decal style might be slightly out of step with the guitar it was applied to.As author Richard Smith recalls in Confident he could make a job for himself in Leo’s expanding universe, Rossmeisl had already moved to Fullerton.He told Leo, in essence, “I’m here, and I’m going to start working for you.” Leo liked Roger’s cocky self-assured manner, admired his work, and saw the opportunity to put the Fender mark on acoustic guitars. Rossmeisl spent the remainder of the 1960s at Fender before returning to Germany in the early 1970s.
The Fender Telecaster sits at the start of the evolutionary path of the solid bodied electric guitars and therefore has gone through many changes as the breakthroughs and new developments, technological advancements and revolutionary new ideas were applied to the art of guitar making.
In 1937 Gretsch had trademarked the name "Broad Kaster" for a line of drums and after advertising the Broadcaster in music trade papers in February 1951, Gretsch took notice and sent Fender a telegram asking them to change their name.
Therefore Fender was forced to drop the name Broadcaster.
Starting in February 1951, Fender removed the word "Broadcaster" off their headstock decals.
These models (February 1951 to summer 1951) are known as "No Casters".