Dating fender serial number
SERIAL NUMBERS are also helpful in determining an instrument’s production year.For years, SERIAL NUMBERS have been used in various locations on Fender instruments, such as the top of the neck plate, the front or back of the headstock and the back of the neck near the junction with the body.Some more recent Squiers, including the Vintage Modified series (serial numbers starting with SH), were introduced in 2007. Most notably, PRODUCTION DATES have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.On later Fender JV models, the "MADE IN JAPAN" can be found on the heel of the guitar neck, just above the metal neck plate.All Fender JV models had the serial numbers engraved into either the neck plate or bridge.
There will be 5 numbers also engraved after the "JV" lettering.Example: ICS10xxxxxx = 2010 IS – The first 2 numbers following the prefix is the year. Example: SI08xxxxxxx = 2008 Some Squier IIs were made in India around 1989-1990. Made in India Squier IIs seem to follow the made in USA serial numbering scheme.For example, a 1990 made in India Squier II serial number would start with N0 plus 5 digits.Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.