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)-'89SN0(XXXXX)-'90, SN1(XXXXX)-'90, SN2(XXXXX)-'92, etc.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.
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)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.AMXN : "AMX" means assembled in Mexico with American parts, "N" is the decade (1990s). UPDATED SITE This site does not recognise my Jap Strat serial number.MN : "M" means Mexican made, "N" is the decade (1990s). It's a made in Japan Fender Stratocaster not a squire. Bought the guitar new around 1989 from Rock Bottom who are a large reputable dealer who are still trading in Croydon. 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. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck date for specific year) 5 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U. '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 INSTRUMENTSIf 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.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.Hi Guys, this may be of help to identify your Guitar. Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap amoung years. As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. 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). seems my Red strat was made in 2000/usa, and the Clapton Sig/series is 89 usa.. Regards Lou UPDATED New site to check out Serial Number - Electric1950 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.