Dating fender case
Dating a guitar by Serial Number is easy, as long as you know which serial numbers match which years for each guitar model. They are almost always on either the top of the neck plate (the piece of metal on the back of the guitar near the neck), on the headstock (the top part of the guitar where the strings attach), or close to the body at the bottom of the neck. If your serial number has spaces between the first two numbers and the rest of the numbers, starts with a 76, or is only the number 500 refer to chart 2.
Grab your guitar and set your timer, because we’re going to figure out what year your guitar was made Unfortunately, some models are not able to be dated due to the serial numbers being made for Fender production and not specifically meant to be for the customer for dating. Some of the models numbers do overlap unfortunately since Fenders primary intention for model numbers was to help their production team rather than provide an accurate dating system for customers.
This isn’t entirely accurate however, since that is only the date the neck was built (even though most of the rest of the guitar was built pretty quickly after, not always though because Fender does use an assembly line method to build many of their guitars) and not the whole guitar.
If your guitar is either a Jazzmaster or Jaguar, the year is 1994, Otherwise if your guitar is an FSR, you’ll be looking at some dating issues.
If we can’t get an exact year, we try to narrow it down the best we can in this article. For some of these models, you can find the date by taking off the neck entirely and reading the bottom portion.
(Links go to Amazon) Finding your serial number on your Fender should be very easy.
Not being able to figure out the exact year of a model can be frustrating, especially when trying to break down how much it is worth.
Since serial numbers aren’t technically meant to date their guitars (they were there for production purposes), you can’t always tell just from a serial number.