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The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.The charts below detail the most common Fender serial number schemes from 1976 to the present. No category for Chinese guitars, and I can't find my serial # (&/or letter code) anywhere. It's a really solid guitar, feels/sounds like an old '60's Fender, & I really want to know when it was made &, if possible, at what city/plant. thats just your category in the forum (you are considered a hobbyist because you started in the forum i'm considered professional because of the number of posts i have done in this forum)welcome to the forum by the way Small headstock meaning '60's rather than '70's style? I think there're 11 holes as per pickguard; I seem to remember counting them while considering a replacement with 3 hb (rail) pu's. c-shaped neck, not too hefty, sustains really well especially for having single-coil pu's. peace I would hazard a guess based on past experience that it is probably a 2003. (pickup screws and switch screws don't count)don't worry about the hobbyist thing... Small headstock meaning '60's rather than '70's style? I think there're 11 holes as per pickguard; I seem to remember counting them while considering a replacement with 3 hb (rail) pu's. 'preciate it.'s ok, i imagine they're rare enough that i have something different... like i said, reminds me of an original from the '60's.Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues.You can order these titles through your local Authorized Fender Dealer.Consequently, some 1990 guitars bear 1999 “N9” SERIAL NUMBERS. 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, etc.
Lately it seems a majority of guitar companies date their guitars using the 1st 4 digits of the serial.But once again, due to Fender’s modular production methods and often non-sequential serial numbering (usually overlapping two to four years from the early days of Fender to the mid-1980s), dating by serial number is not always precisely definitive.The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.SERIAL NUMBERS with an “S” prefix denote the 1970s (signifying a CBS attempt to use SERIAL NUMBERS to identify production years); an “E” prefix was introduced in 1979 to denote the 1980s. Vintage Series instruments and “V”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS. * NOTE: “N”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS denoting the 1990s were introduced in 1990.As seen in the overlap of numbers and years, even these references to actual PRODUCTION DATES are rather loose. The numbers and decals were produced far in advance, and some N9 decals (denoting 1999) were inadvertently affixed to some instruments in 1990.