Fender product dating
The other vintage controllers, the G-202 and G-505, are well-built, fine guitars.
But they cannot escape the feel of being really well made Fender copies, no matter how nice they are. The more expensive G-808 has through-neck construction and other nice features, like gold hardware.
The model went through a series of changes through the years.
Here's a few little tips to remember to help aid in dating those late 1970s and 1980s Stratocasters: Fender's three-way selector switch was updated to the Stratocaster's 5-way in 1977.
Aside from the fact that Pat Metheny is not dragging a G-808 out every night, the G-808 guitar seems slightly neck heavy when compared to the G-303.In Los Angeles I have seen jazz players using the G-303 plugged straight into a Polytone amp, just for the sound and playability of this great axe.In terms of sophistication of design and electronics, the weighty Ibanez IMG2010 comes out way ahead of the G-303, but like the Roland G-707, the IMG2010 is a bit of an acquired taste, and its curious body design means that the Ibanez IMG2010 is virtually impossible to play sitting down without a guitar strap!and was the highest end production model next to Fender's Custom Shop guitars. There was some transitional Strat Plus' in 1999 that were a mix of the new DX Strat series and the Plus Series.You can tell by the serial number, which started with DN9XXXXX and they also had a chrome Fender logo on the headstock.