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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.

Hi, a friend is offering to me a Fender strat with a odd serial number. Under the logo appears: "With syncronized tremolo", and under this "PAT. The weird thing is this: I found in the internet a lot of guitars with serial numbers "PAT.2573254 2.741146 2.960900". ) or on the lower rear end of the neck short prior entering the body or on the metal neck plate where the 3 or 4 screws of the neck go through. The serial number should be something like S 123456E 123456N123456Z 123456for USA Strats. Mexican models start with M, like: MX123456Check this site: Thanks smokin' frets!

The guitar is orange, and the neck and the fingerboard were made of maple. Note that this serial is not the same es the guitar of my friend. Sorry, i knew that this numbers is not the serial number but i didn't found another number in the guitar.

Therefore, while helpful in determining a of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.

Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.

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. “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 inadvertantly affixed to some instruments in 1990.

Information on Japanese and Mexican-made instruments is included towards the bottom.

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.

Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.

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.

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