Dating a chinese made fender guitar
These books are the same resources we refer to here at Fender, when trying to research answers to these same history and dating questions.This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.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.It is always better to consult with a professional.and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.
They were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate (early '50s Strats), and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecasters.
So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.