Fender custom shop serial dating

Note: US Vintage series starting in 1982 onward begins with a "V". LE(XXXXXX) Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994.

You must remove neck to accurately date those.76 5 digits 1976S6 5 digits 1976S7 5 digits = 1977-1978S8 5 digits = 1977-1978S9 5 digits = 1978-1981E0 5 digits = 1979-1981E1 5 digits = 1980-1982E2 5 digits = 1982-1983E3 5 digits = 1982-1984E4 5 digits = 1984-1985, 1987-1988E8 5 digits = 1988-1989E9 5 digits = 1989-1990N9 5 digits = 1990N0 5 digits = 1990-1991N1 5 or 6 digits = 1991-1992N2 5 or 6 digits = 1992-1993N3 5 or 6 digits = 1993-1994N4 5 or 6 digits = 1994-1995N5 5 or 6 digits = 1995-1996N6 5 or 6 digits = 1996-1997N7 5 or 6 digits = 1997-1998N8 5 or 6 digits = 1998-1999N9 5 or 6 digits = 1999-2000(Note: "Z" may be replaced by "DZ" for US Deluxe Series)Z0 5 or 6 digits 2000 - 2001Z1 5 or 6 digits 2001 - 2002Z2 5 or 6 digits 2002 - 2003Z3 5 or 6 digits 2003 - 2004Z4 5 or 6 digits 2004 - 2005Z5 5 or 6 digits 2005 - 2006Z6 5 or 6 digits 2006 - 2007Z7 5 or 6 digits 2007 - 2008Z8 5 or 6 digits 2008 - 2009Z9 5 or 6 digits 2009 - 2010US10 6 digits ..... Promotional set with Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp NC(XXXXXX) Squier Strat Bullets (dating unclear)SE(XXXXXX) Signature Series SE8(XXXXX)='88, SE9(XXXXX)='89 SN(XXXXXX) Signature Series SN0(XXXXX)='90, SN1(XXXXX)='91, SN2(XXXXX)='92, etc.

SZ(XXXXXX) Signature Series SZ0(XXXXX)='00, SZ1(XXXXX)='01, SZ2(XXXXX)='02, etc.

T(XXXXXX) Tribute Series (check neck heel)V 4,5,6 digits Vintage Series (check neck heel)XN(XXXXX) FRS and Telecaster '52 (XN prefix may not appear on instrument) (XXX) OF 500 35TH Anniversary Strat from 1989-1990(XXXX) STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck date for exact year)(XXXXX) STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1988-present (Check neck date for exact year) G&L (Back to top of page) It seems there is no sure-fire way to get the year on a G&L.

Gibson Solidbody instruments 1952 to 1960: All models, NO "made in U. Right: The "inked on" serial number on this 1959 Les Paul Junior has no space between the "9" digit (year) and the rest of the numbers.

4 or 5 digits impressed in back top of peghead: 1961 to 1964. This style serial number was used on all 1953 to 1960 solidbody Gibson guitars.

3042779.----------------------------------------------FYYMMRRRRF/FF = factory ID Y/YY = year of manufacture MM = month of manufacture RRRR = ranking number Example: 3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: S3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: S93021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: SI01021234 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 1234Example: SI010212345 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 12345Note: There may be no factory designator for some 1993 and earlier models.So to get right into it: 1950 - 1954 (appears on bridge plate) Esquires, Broadcasters, and Telecasters 0001 to 0999 1963 1963 - 1965 ("L" Series, some late '62 models as well)0L00001 to L20000 1963L20000 to L59000 1964L59000 to L99999 19651965 - 1976 ("F" Series, CBS era, serial above Fender F on neck plate, overlap between years)100000 to 110000 late 1965110000 to 200000 1966200000 to 210000 1967210000 to 250000 1968250000 to 280000 1969280000 to 300000 1970300000 to 340000 1971340000 to 370000 1972370000 to 520000 1973500000 to 580000 1974580000 to 690000 1975690000 to 750000 19761976 - Present In 1976 Fender moved the serial location to headstock (front or back). 2016Made in Japan Serials (usually appears on back of neck near neck joint)JV 5 digits ..... Other signatures, such as Ritchie Blackmore and Duff Mc Kagan used "MSZ," while still others retained the "MX" designation.In general, an initial letter indicates the decade, with S = 70s, E = 80s, N = 90s, Z = 2000s. Also California Series serials (1997-1998) use an "AMXN" prefix followed by 6 digits, and were jointly made by Fender USA/Mexico. Right: Orange label as used from January 1955 to 1964. Left: Oval white label as used from spring 1947 to January 1955.

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