Dating a fender stratocaster by serial number
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses. instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.
The following charts detail the most common Fender serial number schemes used from 1976 to the present.
Please note the introduction of the "S" prefix serial numbers.
These books are the same resources we refer to here at Fender, when trying to research answers to these same history and dating questions.
To say that Fender is the best known and most successful of all the guitar companies would probably be correct.
The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.