Fender custom shop product dating
The "S", stood for decade of the 1970s, and began CBS' attempt to use serial numbers to identify the year of production for the piece.The "E", stood for the decade of the 1980s and was, as shown below, introduced in 1979. "V" prefix serial numbered instruments, is to remove the neck, and check the butt end of the heel of the neck for a production date, which may be stamped or written there. It is among one of my prized telecasters due to the rarity, collectibility, sound and feel but I prefer a beefier baseball bat neck. Please feel free to ask questions or make an offer. Including the COA, ash tray cover, manual, bag of picks, and the case even still has the keys! This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. It is in excellent shape with not much wear at all.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 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.There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted.While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is certainly not definitive.
The serial numbers do not immediately reflect the change, as CBS continued to make instruments using existing, tooling, parts, and serial number schemes.As you can see by the overlaps of numbers and years, the reference to the actual production date is rather loose. The numbers and decals are produced far in advance, and apparently, some N9 decals, (which were supposed to be used in 1999), were affixed to some instruments in 1990.As a result, you will see some 1990 guitars bearing N9 serial numbers. 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). The following serial numbers are somewhat outside the more, well known Fender serial number schemes.The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.You will notice that there is quite a bit of overlap of both numbers and years.
What does it mean when you’re considering buying a Fender guitar with a description that mentions the instrument’s neck profile?