Dating fender stratocaster serial number
With support of the serial number decoder, tables and clues, the production year and location of the biggest known brands can be traced.In case of no serial or poorly to read, the electronic components of an electric guitar can be a clue.To clarify, a neck would have one or the other type of stamp… It is not known why Fender used two completely different systems at the same time.
After March 1973, Fender dropped the old style date stamp and continued to use the new style, 8-digit code until sometime in 1980 when small adhesive labels bearing Month-Day-Year date stamps appeared in the neck pocket, pickup cavity and/or back of the neck.
Fender used this nail technique until about late 1964.
In another 5 years there is going to be sooo much confusion, it will not be funny! Note earlier vintage 1954 Strats, within the first two months of production, are slightly different than later vintage 1954 Strats.
The strange and mysterious neck codes found on Fenders from 1969 – 80 have been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that 1970s Fenders have, until recently, been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.