Dating fender stratocaster mim
The code on potentiometers gives information about the manufacturer and the year and week when it is made.See: Dating potentiometers The Fender logo that was used can also be an indication from which period the guitar originates.
The numbers and decals are produced far in advance.Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.
As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague.
Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.
At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the headstock or on the cover plate of the vibrato.
CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.
The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.
The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.