Fender dating serial
The serial numbers in principle chronological, but as already mentioned, as a result of Fender's production, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.
Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day.At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles. PAT, 2,573,254 2,968,204 3,143,028 2,976,704 2,573,254 for pickup and bridge combination.Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.As a result of this mistake, you will be able to get a guitar with a serial number N9 that was built in 1990.
The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.
The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.
Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.
The numbers and decals are produced far in advance. The following serial numbers stay somewhat outside the well-known Fender numbering.
Due to a mistake at the factory in 1990 N9 decals (which were intended for use in 1999) applied to a several instruments that were built in that year. If you have doubts about an odd serial number check the chart below, maybe you can find the number composition here.
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.