How Old Is My Guitar? Use the Serial Number!

Inside a Fender Jazzmaster. Inside a to Fender Telecaster video. Inside a to Fender Stratocaster video. For most collectors, pre-CBS pre Fender vintage guitars and amps are the desirable ones. Although CBS purchased Fender officially on January 3rd , it took some time till the guitars changed though by mid , six months before CBS bought Fender, things were already “on the way down”. By the end of , the general look and feel of the Fender guitars had changed significantly.

Dating my mexican strat

Non e’ questo il caso delle chitarre Fender fabbricate in Estremo Oriente, che possono avere entrambe le configurazioni. BASS e J. BASS hanno la giusta spaziatura ampia al dodicesimo tasto stile , mentre le corrispondenti versioni USA hanno i pallini a spaziatura stretta I differenti schemi di numerazione ed i sistemi usati alla Fender dal riassunti anno per anno si applicano solo alle chitarre e bassi elettrici fabbricati in USA quelli veri! I modelli Fender e Squire costruiti in Giappone e Corea NON sono inclusi nella tabella di datazione, anche se possono avere schemi di numerazione simili.

Serial number, Year. MZ0+ 5 DIGITS, MZ1+ 5 DIGITS, MZ2+ 5 DIGITS, MZ3+ 5 DIGITS, MZ4+ 5 DIGITS,

The number 10 prefix was not recorded in their operations systems. Obviously, Fender had to do something about this, so it changed the serial number scheme a few months later. Once Fender saw the errors in the old system, they decided to go back to the previous lettering serial number schemes. This way the country of origin and the date of production can be coded into the serial number. Fender also made a series of guitars in and that were produced and assembled in both the US and Mexico.

Fender has always been good at keeping us guessing with their numbering systems. The Mexican guitars are no exceptions. There in the neck pocket was a stamp that said Squier. I was initially horrified thinking I had a cheaper body stuck on the guitar neck, but turned to the internet to try to learn what was going on. Before I’d played with this guitar I hadn’t suspected that it was anything other than a Fender Stratocaster.

The Serial (Number) Bowl: Date Your Guitar or Bass

Discussion in ‘ Basses [BG] ‘ started by scottfeldstein , Jan 7, Jan 7, 1. Jun 20, West Bend, Wisconsin.

The serial numbers on the outside of the body are not the only way to date a import guitars from Japan and around Fender started importing from Mexico​.

This article is intended to help you date your Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Precision Bass guitars all the way back to the early s. In order to tell how old your Fender is you will have to find the indentification number or neck number. The serial number location has changed a few times of the years. From to Fender guitar unique numbers were stamped in the bridge cavity cover plate.

Modern Fender production guitars, to the present, have their ID numbers on the front or back of the headstock near the Fender decal. In Fender decided to start making reissued vintage guitars. These guitars were replicas of the early and s era guitars. True to form the reissue guitars have their indentification numbers stamped in the neck plate. The serial numbers on the outside of the body are not the only way to date a Fender guitar however. Fender also dated the neck when it was manufactured.

After the neck was finished, a Fender employee would either stamp or handwrite the date on the end of the guitar neck on its heel.

Fender serial numbers

The first number following the prefix is the year. Used in early 90’s, featured the a high gloss maple neck with a slimmer 40mm body made from plywood. The plant from which the COB serial number prefix models originate remains a mystery. No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them. Probably made by Yako Taiwan.

While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc​).

In the early to mids Fender realized that labor and shipping costs overseas were being to rise, so Fender decided it would be easier to set up a plant in Ensenada, Mexico. Fender Mexico was established May 5, Fender started producing guitars in its , sq. Ensenada plant in Due to production times and shipping dates, there is an overlap between each years guitars.

That is why each number has two years of production. So MN was a Mexican Fender guitar built in

How to Date your Fender Guitar by Serial Number

I’ve looked at a number of sites, but I can’t find a year of manufacture for a Fender Stratocaster made in Mexico with a serial number that begins with MZ. I presume this isn’t MN and the N is on it’s side?? MZ refers to “Mexico Zero”, that is any guitar made from onwards. The addition of the ‘2’ means your guitar was made in

Squier dating serial numbers – STOP DREAMING, START PLAYING! For Mexican Fenders made in the s, the serial will start with an MN followed by a number.

To say that Fender is the best known and most successful of all the guitar companies would probably be correct. From its beginnings in Leo’s radio and record store in Fullerton, California, to the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation of the ‘s, Fender instruments seem to be rated in terms of their historical value or relationship to the past as seen in their reissue models.

With the tremendous variation in the guitars produced by Fender, we must remember that to give a guitar a date many things need to to be taken into consideration including the following:. The 5 – digit serial numbers were preceded by a dash from late to early and between late and late some neck plates were double stamped, 6 digits outside and 5 digits with dash different number on the underside.

First pickguards were anodized aluminum, replaced by bakelite and then white plastic. We the see laminated pickguards from on. Early Fenders have a “Spaghetti” logo. From July it changed to a more modern looking gold “transition” logo and mid until they had the black “CBS” logo. The gold outline then appeared, and in mid the smaller silver logo appeared.

The standard method of attaching the neck to the body is by way of Four screws and a neck plate that reinforces the joint.

Dating a Fender

So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. You’re not alone. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb , and finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument.

The serial number (MZ), according to Fender, indicates that it was made in Mexico in The plastic film around the knobs.

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Place of residence. It is believed this instrument was stolen by a local Santa Fe musician.

How to Decode a Fender Stratocaster

The main purpose for finding a serial number on your Fender Stratocaster is to discover its production details. A serial number allows only an approximation of the production year because it corresponds only to the date that the piece was constructed, not to when the entire guitar was put together. Note that there is a serious amount of overlap on many serial numbers. Typically there is a one-year overlap between serial codes because of the changeover to new numbers in the factories each year.

MN9 + 5 or 6 digits.

I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading. We also received a report of a tweed 5G12 Concert. The 5G12 Concert is the earliest version from very late and early so the existence of a tweed example, while extremely rare, is certainly plausible since Fender was making lots of tweed amps during the same time period. Working at FMI — I was able to interview a fellow who wishes to remain anonymous who worked at Fender in in the amp department.

Although his job was somewhat limited, his recollections provided some really fascinating insights to how the amps were built. For instance, he confirmed our assumption that the amp chassis were put into stock after being stamped with serial numbers and that the chassis were pulled from the stock bins randomly just as with Fender guitar neck plates. The boss came around and said what we’d be building. The chassis weren’t used chronologically. Probably the same as the pots and transformers that we just dug out of the boxes.

I think in the corners of the boxes were older pots remaining from earlier dates I think the better, older hands did 35 a day. Like I said, there were 5 or 6 of us at the benches every day. But it wasn’t always ‘cool guitar’ amps, sometimes I was making Fender Rhodes Satellite amps on bent aluminum, sometimes only Champs.

Made in Mexico (MIM) 1990 Fender Stratocaster

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