### Post by loujones12 on Jun 9, 2010 23:10:59 GMT

Hi Guys, this may be of help to identify your Guitar. Date of Birth/Origin, etc. Maybe you got a hidden Gem lying around!!! seems my Red strat was made in 2000/usa, and the Clapton Sig/series is 89 usa.. Happy Reading.. Regards Lou

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Fender Serial Number - Electric

1950 to Present (Identifying the Year)

This info is from Fender's website

(Fender Acoustic Dating available here)

Pre-1977 Fender guitars have a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate. Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap amoung years. Fender serial numbers were assigned like this: bin with serialized plates/bridges. Assembler reached in and grabbed one (or many). Put them on the instrument(s). As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. Just keep this in mind. The only truely definitive way to date a pre-CBS fender is to look at all the dates on the instrument (body date, neck date, pot dates). The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years.

Esquires, Broadcasters, Telecasters 1950 to 1954 (number on bridgeplate). This system of serial numbers is unique to these three models until about the early summer of 1954 (when Fender switched to a universal neck plate serial number system for all models):

Telecaster, Numbers On Bridge Plate

0001 to 0999 = 1950 to 1952

1000 to 5300 = 1952 to 1954

Precision Basses 1951 to 1955 (number on bridgeplate). Note there is some overlap. This system of serial numbers is unique to this model until about 1955 (even though Fender went to a universal neckplate serial number system on all instruments in 1954, some old style Precision Bass serialized bridges were still left over and used until 1955.)

Pbass, Numbers on Bridge Plate

100 to 400 = 1951 to 1952

0001 to 0999 = 1952 to 1954

1000 to 2000 = 1953 to 1955

Neck plates, clockwise from top left:

1954, 1956, 1972, 1960.

All Models, summer 1954 to mid 1976 (serial number on neckplate). In 1957/1958 some serial numbers started with a minus sign ("-"), or had a "0" prefix before the number. Also in 1959/1960 some serial numbers were at the bottom of the neck plate instead of the usual top. Double stamped serial number plates were also produced (number on both front and back of the neck plate) in late 1957 to early 1959. As a good example of all four of these serial number oddities, click here. This shows a "double stamped" neck plate, one number with a "-" prefix and stamped on the bottom of the plate, and the other number with a "0" prefix! And yes there is some overlap in serial numbers between years.

4 to 6 digit Neck Plate Serial Numbers (no other letters or markings on the neck plate, except for the rare "-" or "0" prefix, as noted).

0001 to 6000 = 1954

6000 to 9000 = 1955

9000 to 16000 = 1956

16000 to 25000 = 1957 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix)

25000 to 30000 = 1958 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix)

30000 to 40000 = 1959

40000 to 58000 = 1960

55000 to 72000 = 1961

72000 to 93000 = 1962

93000 to 99999 = late 1963 to mid 1963

L-Series (late 1962 to late 1965) (serial number on neckplate preceded with an "L"):

L00001 to L20000 = late 1962 to late 1963

L20000 to L55000 = 1964

L55000 to L99999 = 1965

F-Series (late 1965 to mid-1976) (big script "F" on neckplate below serial number):

100000 to 110000 = late 1965

110000 to 200000 = 1966

180000 to 210000 = 1967

210000 to 250000 = 1968

250000 to 280000 = 1969

280000 to 300000 = 1970

300000 to 330000 = 1971

330000 to 370000 = 1972

370000 to 520000 = 1973

500000 to 580000 = 1974

580000 to 690000 = 1975

690000 to 750000 = 1976

Serial Number on Peghead Decal.

U.S. made Fenders, starting in mid-1976 has the serial number on the peghead. Note the following number could be off as much as two years. Generally speaking, a "S" prefix equals the 1970's, "E" prefix equals the 1980's, and "N" prefix equals the 1990's. Note "E" and "N" prefix models are sometimes also Japanese-made (see below).

7600000 ("76" in bold) = 1976-1977

800000s = 1979-1981

1000000 to 8000000 = 1976-1981 (7 digits)

S100000's-S600000's = 1979-1982

S700000's to S770000's = 1977

S740000's to S800000's = 1978

S810000's to S870000's = 1979

S880000's to S980000's = 1980

S950000's to S990000's = 1981

E000000's to E100000's = 1979-1982

E200000's = 1982

E300000's to E310000's = 1983

E320000's to E390000's = 1984-1985

E400000's = 1984, 1985, 1987

E800000's = 1988-1989

E900000's = 1989-1990

N900000's = 1990

N000000's = 1990-1991

N100000's = 1991

N200000's = 1992

N300000's = 1993

N400000's = 1994

N500000's = 1995

N600000's = 1996

N700000's = 1997

N800000's = 1998

N900000's = 1999

Japanese Serial Numbers

JV+ 5 digits 1982-1984

SQ + 5 digits 1983-1984

E + 6 digits 1984-1987

A + 6 digits 1985-1986

B + 6 digits 1985-1986

C + 6 digits 1985-1986

F + 6 digits 1986-1987

G + 6 digits 1987-1988

H + 6 digits 1988-1989

I + 6 digits 1989-1990

J + 6 digits 1989-1990

K + 6 digits 1990-1991

L + 6 digits 1991-1992

M + 6 digits 1992-1993

N + 6 digits 1993-1994

O + 6 digits 1993-1994

P + 6 digits 1993-1994

Q + 6 digits 1993-1994

S + 6 digits 1994-1995

T + 6 digits 1994-1995

U + 6 digits 1995-1996

N + 5 digits 1995-1996

V + 6 digits 1996-1997

Crafted in Japan A + 6 digits 1997-1998

Crafted in Japan O + 5 digits 1997-2000

Crafted in Japan P + 5 digits 1999-2002

Crafted in Japan Q + 5 digits 2002-2004

Crafted in Japan R + 5 digits 2004-2005

Dating Mexican Made Fenders

SERIAL NUMBERS CIRCA

MN0+ 5 DIGITS 1990-1991

MN1+ 5 DIGITS 1991-1992

MN2+ 5 DIGITS 1992-1993

MN3+ 5 DIGITS 1993-1994

MN4+ 5 DIGITS 1994-1995

MN5+ 5 DIGITS 1995-1996

MN6+ 5 DIGITS 1996-1997

MN7+ 5 DIGITS 1997-1998

MN8+ 5 DIGITS 1998-1999

MN9+ 5 DIGITS 1999-2000

MZ0+ 5 DIGITS 2000-2001

MZ1+ 5 DIGITS 2001-2002

MZ2+ 5 DIGITS 2002-2003

MZ3+ 5 DIGITS 2003-2004

MZ4+ 5 DIGITS 2004-2005

MZ5+ 5 DIGITS 2005-2006

With the year 2000 came the introduction of the "Z" prefix serial numbers on US made instruments, which stood for the 0 of the new millennium. A Z0 prefix dates to 2000, a Z1 prefix dates to 2001 etcetera. The American Deluxe Series instruments use the same dating convention but with the addition of a "D" in front of the "Z", i.e. DZ1, DZ2 etcetera. Once again, and as always, there is typically some overlap and carryover of number prefixes from year to year.

SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION DATES

N9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

Z0 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

DZ0 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe)

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 2000

Z0 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

Z1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

DZ1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe)

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 2001

Z1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

Z2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

DZ2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe)

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 2002

Z2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

Z3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

DZ3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Deluxe Series)

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 2003

Z3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

Z4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

DZ4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe)

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster)

XN4 + 4 Digits 2004

Z4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

Z5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS

DZ5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe)

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster)

XN5 + 4 Digits 2005

The following serial numbers are somewhat outside the more, well known Fender serial number schemes. If you have what you consider to be a somewhat "odd" serial number, please check the following chart to see if you find your serial number configuration here. 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) Squier Strat Bullets (dating unclear)

FN(XXXXXX) US made guitars and basses destined for the export market. Some may have stayed in the U.S or found their way back (Made to Standard Strat specs, dating unclear)

I(XXXXXXX) A limited number of these "I" series guitars were made in '89 and '90. They were made for the export market and have Made in USA stamped on the heel of the neck.

LE(XXXXXX) Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994. Sold as a promotional 3 piece set with a Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp

CN(XXXXXX)

VN(XXXXXX) Korean made Fender/Squier guitars (dating unclear)

CA(XXXXX) Gold Strat 1981, 82 and 83

CB(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special from 1981, CB(XXXXX) Gold Jazz Bass from 1982

CC(XXXXX) Walnut Strat 1981-82-83

CE(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special from 1981, Black and Gold Tele from 1981-82

CD(XXXXX)

CO(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982

GO(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982, Gold Strat 1982-83

D(XXXXXX) Jazz Bass from 1982

SE(XXXXXX)

SN(XXXXXX)

SZ(XXXXXX)

Signature Series Instruments

SE8(XXXXX)-'88, SE9(XXXXX)-'89

SN0(XXXXX)-'90, SN1(XXXXX)-'90, SN2(XXXXX)-'92, etc.

SZ0(XXXXX)-'00, SZ1(XXXXX)-'01, SZ2(XXXXX)-'02, etc.

3 DIGITS OF 500 35TH Anniversary Strat from 1989-1990

G(XXXXXX) "STRAT" from about 1980, (Gold hardware, 2 position rotary tone switch)

4 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U.S. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck date for specific year)

5 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U.S. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1988-present (Check neck date for specific year)

T(XXXXXX) Tribute series instruments

C(XXXXXX) Collectors Series

XN(XXXXX) FSRs and '52 Teles

REFERENCE MATERIALS FOR DATING FENDER INSTRUMENTS

If you are unable to place the approximate year of manufacture of your instrument using the above charts, there are a few great books available, which have invaluable information on the history of Fender instruments. If you have serious interest in learning about the history of Fender instruments, or if you just want to try to establish the year of production of your own axe, we would highly recommend that you pick up one or more of the following books. They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information for helping to either establish the vintage of your guitar or bass or for just learning more about Fender history in general. These books are the same resources we refer to here at Fender, when trying to research answers to these same history and dating questions.

You may want to consider ordering one or more of the following books through your local Fender Dealer.

BOOKS FROM THE FENDER LIBRARY

TITLE PART NUMBER U.S. MSRP

50 Years Of Fender 099-5050-000 $19.99

The Fender Stratocaster 40th Anniversary Edition 099-5000-000 $14.99

The Stratocaster Chronicles 099-5057-000 $50.00

The Story Of The Fender Stratocaster 099-5017-000 $19.99

Fender - The Sound Heard 'Round The World 099-5015-000 $29.95

The Fender Telecaster 099-5005-000 $14.99

The Fender Bass 099-5004-000 $9.99

The Fender Bass An Illustrated History 099-5046-000 $24.99

How The Fender Bass Changed The World 099-5045-000 $27.99

The Fender Book - 2nd Edition 099-5006-100 $24.99

The Fender Custom Shop Guitar Gallery 099-5012-000 $12.99

Fender Classic Moments 099-5013-000 $24.99

The Story of the Fender Stratocaster 099-5016-000 $24.95

Other Fender Serial Number Schemes.

Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Not all schemes are covered here. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.

V : this prefix used for US made "vintage reissue" models, 1982 to present.

25 + 4 digits : 1979 to 1980 Anniversary Stratocaster.

AMXN : "AMX" means assembled in Mexico with American parts,

"N" is the decade (1990s).

MN : "M" means Mexican made, "N" is the decade (1990s).

C : this prefix used in 1982.

D : this prefix used in late 1981 to early 1982.

GO : this prefix used in the early 1980s.

SE : this prefix means a Signature Edition, 1982 to present.

4 digit decal on back of peghead: custom order model 1987 to present.

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