The gold version of the logo was called the ‘transition’ logo simply because it spanned the ‘spaghetti’ style Fender logo of the 1950’s, and pre Fender CBS-era of the late 1960’s.Information on the CBS-era Fender logo is somewhat scarce, but it was a thick black logo that was used between 1968-1980.
Also a thin aluminum shield the size of the pickguard is installed underneath the pickguard.
Peghead decal logo now has 2 patent numbers (2,573,254 & 2,741,146) Peghead decal logo now has 3 patent numbers (2,960,900 added) Veneer Rosewood fingerboard.
As with the Marshall logo, the original ‘spaghetti’ style Fender logo (above) is by [someone unknown], although general chatter suggests it was based on Leo Fender’s own signature with the ‘F’ being simply reversed!
It’s a detail like that that can really create a truly ownable brand mark.
The red lettering is the logo currently is use whereas the slightly pixelated black/grey version is the original ‘spaghetti’ style.