V + 6 digits corresponds to 1996-1997. The digits to six to eight gave the serial number. Some are not exported or sent back. S7+5 digits corresponds to 1977. This is where the car was actually made, and it may be different from where the manufacturer is located. Neck-dating can be useful in determining the approximate age of a guitar, but it is certainly not definitive because the neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced, rather than the complete instrument.
From Fender: Roughing Intonation Remove the old strings. Search for the 17-digit string of numbers on your vehicle. And give a better description of the parts. If you have what you consider an odd serial number, it might appear here. It should say on there what you've got.
To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body. Are the headstock markings missing or illegible? There are certainly plenty of exceptions, so again, using serial numbers in conjunction with other dating methods is always the best bet. Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity. About the author: Greg Gagliano is going on vacation. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1986 For U.
I do not have the guitar in hand yet. Z0 denotes 2000; Z1 denotes 2001, etc. Thanks for compiling this great list, leadowner! The boss came around and said what we'd be building. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year. That sort of means it didn't say Squire in big letters and Stat in small letters. Probably the same as the pots and transformers that we just dug out of the boxes. Turn the volume and tone controls to their maximum settings.
The check digit uses a so it cannot be easily faked. I have noted that every Fender where I have seen that description has been ply laminate whatever. Might even scan the entries if your interested? N3+5 or 6 digits corresponds to 1993-1994. See: The Fender logo that was used can also be an indication from which period the guitar originates. These forms are apparently associated with the change to Crafted in China, so post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number. Bullet Series plywood , followed by 2-digit year. As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague.
However, they stopped doing this in 2010 when they changed their serial number formats. Depending on their production schedules, often the necks and bodies are not even used in the order they were made. Some serial numbers are duplicated from 1963 to 1969. Whether it is an original model or a vintage also the old logos are used again depends on your own estimation of the age of the guitar. Some may have stayed in the U. That is what I was looking for. Typically there is a one-year overlap between serial codes because of the changeover to new numbers in the factories each year.
A likely explanation is the use of leftover necks, which Fender is known to have done at several occasions. Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1988 For U. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 5 digits U. S + 6 digits corresponds to 1994-1995. Those are typical resale values for where I live, prices will vary in other parts of the world. While not all manufacturers include this, some do.
E0+5 digits corresponds to 1979-1981. Dateing a Fender no not a female Any others? If the fretted note is sharp, lengthen the string by adjusting the saddle backward with a Phillips screwdriver. Z2+5 or 6 digits corresponds to 2002-2003. The frets weren't real nice. Crafted in Japan, A + 6 digits corresponds to 1997-1998.
Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 digits E8 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Final Intonation After adjusting everything else including new strings, tremolo height, truss rod relief , action, and pickup height, in that order. Thanks again to everyone who contributed information to make these dating tables possible. The following six digits are the unit identifier, although it should be noted that these final six numbers are not sequential and do not provide any other identification information about the instrument. Only about half the guitars still carry any intelligible information here. If you have a Fender in your hands, you can use this guide to precisely date your Fender instrument all the way back to 1950. Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.
Stratocaster Between 1973 and 1981 there were periods that this is not consistently done. And the first number following is the year. Most specifications for the Fender guitars are hardly changed. Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places. Note, there is enough data for B-series Twin Reverbs and variants to differentiate between 1975 and 1976.