know it is pretty convoluted, but that's how they did. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) E2 5 digits E3 5 digits V 4, 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Some have said this was due to the use of parts left over from the CBS buyout, or even serial number decals left over from CBS. In 1977, the serialization went to a letter for the decade, followed by a single digit for the year and then 5 to 6 digits.
They were made for the export market and have Made in USA stamped on the heel of the neck. The serial numbers do not reflect the change, as Fender continued to make instruments using existing tooling, parts, and serial number schemes. The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs.
A Brief History of the Stratocaster Part I and, part II that follows the evolution of the most popular Fender guitar of all. Some of the earliest ones actually popped up in late 1962 as well: 0L00001 to L L20000 to L L59000 to eries - CBS Era After the CBS purchase of Fender in 1965, the factory switched to a new serial sequence with numbers that continued. The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument would be to remove the neck and check the butt end of the heel of the neck for a production date, which may be stamped or written there. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb, and finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument. Here is an example: a new Fender Deluxe Stratocaster with serial number: DZ0363437 indicates a deluxe instrument manufactured in 2000. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency. L50,000s up to L90,000s 1965 100,000s 1965 100,000s to 200,000s 1966 to 1967 200,000s 1968 200,000s to 300,000s 1969 to 1970 300,000s 1971 to 1972 300,000s to 500,000s 1973 400,000s to 500,000s 1974 to 1975 500,000s to 700,000s 1976 The following charts detail the most. This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built. This chart contains ODD serial numbers number description amxn 6 digits California Series electric guitars and basses, '97 and '98 DN 6 digits American Deluxe series instruments, '98 and '99 NC(xxxxxx) Squire Strat Bullets (dating unclear) FN(xxxxxx) US made guitars and basses destined for the. Numbers, years, jV 1984, sQ 1984, in 1984, Fender stopped producing the Japanese Vintage guitars and decided to change the entire serial number system to something closer to what they used on their American guitars. Here is what the neck date and body date look like from a 1952 Telecaster: If you're not comfortable removing the neck of a guitar to peek at the date marker, I encourage you to take it to a local tech or luthier. Regarding quailty, I have owned many of both these Japanese guitars and it is a fallacy that the Made in Japan models are better than the Crafted in Japan or vice versa.
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