Dating fender strat serial number

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How to date and identify your Fender instruments using serial numbers and production date stamps.

No one likes it when you forget their birthday and neither does your Fender. For most of Fender’s production history they have applied serial numbers and production dates that can help you determine their production date (within a few years’ margin, at least).

Also, labeling techniques have changed with Fender owners, slightly adding to the confusion. S.-made Fender guitars and basses from 1950 until today, since they are some of the predominant vintage guitars for sale on Vintageand

Typically the serial number is penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.

Models from this period could have either code system.

It is important to remember that Fender serial numbers are NOT conclusively chronological. Back in the day, Fender made their serial number plates in big batches and the assembler simply grabbed a decal or more from the crate and slapped it on the guitar. To get as close as possible to determining the age of your Fender, make sure to check all dates on both body, neck and pots.

The locations of the serial numbers and dates change from model to model and in some cases they have simply been omitted.

Actually, these serial numbers were assigned quite randomly grabbed from the bin by assembler.

The only way to determine actual date of the guitar dating before CBS is to look at the dates on each part of the instrument (body, neck, pot dates).

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