Serial numbers Fender guitars decoder - GuitarInsite (2022)

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Although a serial number is useful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.As a result of the overlap between years, Fender serial numbers are also not by definition chronological.
In the past (before 1976) the serial numbers were often randomly assigned.

Most specifications for a particular Fender guitar have hardly changed, if at all.Although there have been times when major changes have taken place, such as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fenderto the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models have generally not changed.

Neck heel date
In order to approximate guitars from before 1976 to the correct year of manufacture, the date or serial number on the neck heel must therefore be inspected.Usually there is a production date stamped or written on the tip of the heel.In order to be able to read this, the neck will have to be screwed off the body.

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Until about April 1962, the dates on the neck end were handwritten.Then switched to stamped dates.Both the handwritten and the stamped date were usually coded.
This code precedes the date and is a number between 1 and 28 which indicates for which model the neck was made.Contrary to what some assume, this is not the day date.

At Stratocasters from the early fifties, the serial numbers were stamped on the back of the vibrato cover plate.On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pick-up and the saddles.

Patent numbers
Various patent numbers were added to the models between 1960 and 1977.These were stamped in the headstock under the Fender logo.
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Example:
PAT, 2,573,254 2,968,204 3,143,028 2,976,755 DES 187304

2,573,254 for pickup and bridge combination.
2,968,204 for the single coil pickup patent awarded in 1961 under other for Jaguar, Stratocaster, Duosonic.
3,143,028 the patent granted in August 1964 for Fender's adjustable neck construction.
2,976,755 for the split coil pickup design. (Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass)

The DES is the serial number.


Esquires, Broadcasters and Telecasters 1950-1954
The serial numbering for these three models can be found on the bridge plate and lasted until the beginning of 1954.
Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models in that year.
SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION YEAR
0001 - 0999 1950 - 1952
1000 - 5300 1952 - 1954
Precision Basses 1951-1955
There is some overlap of the serial numbers and dates.The serial number was applied to the bridge plate until 1955.Although Fender had already in 1954 switched to be placed the serial number on the headstockfor all models, it was still punched on the bridge plate with some Precison's.
SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION YEAR
100 - 400 1951 - 1952
0001 - 0999 1952-1954
1000 - 2000 1953 - 1955


All models

The table below shows the Fender serial numbers as they were used from 1950 to 1964.
The following table shows the most common Fender serial numbers from 1976 to the present.
The serial numbers are basically chronological, but as already mentioned,due to Fender's numbering methods, there are a number of serial numbers and years that overlap.
The only way to try to find the date is to remove the neck from the body.If the year is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguardor in the cavity in which the pickups are.

With Fenders from before 1955 you cannot use the serial numbers to determine the exact year of construction.The first Telecasters and Stratocasters appear to have a separate numbering.
With Telecasters it can happen that a '52er has a higher number than
a '53er.The serial numbers from after 1955 have a logical order.

SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION YEAR
Until 6000 1950 - 1954
Until 10000 1954 - 1956
10000 1955 - 1956
10000 - 20000 1957
20000 - 30000 1958
30000 - 40000 1959
40000 - 50000 1960
50000 - 70000 1961
60000 - 90000 1962
80000 - 90000 1963
90000 - L10000 1963

In January 1965, Fender was acquired CBS Corporation.
Although that is not directly attributable to the serial numbers.
CBS continued to make the guitars using the available,Community, parts, and the serial numbering system.The following table shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.

Here too there are a number of numbers and years that overlap.

The serial numbers can give a rough indication of the year of construction.

The letter L followed by 6 numbers on the neckplate indicates a guitar from the early sixties.The large Fender logo

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F

says that the guitar was made after the acquisition by CBS, i.e. from the mid to late 1960s.
SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION YEAR
L00001 - L19999 (neckplate) 1963
L20000 - L58999 (neckplate) 1964
L59000 - L99999 (neckplate) 1965
100000 - 109999 1965
110000 - 199999 1966
200000 - 209999 1967
210000 - 249999 1968
250000 - 279999 1969
280000 - 299999 1970
300000 - 339999 1971
340000 - 369999 1972
370000 - 499999 1973
500000 - 519999 1973 - 1974
520000 - 579999 1974
580000 - 689999 1975
690000 - 750000 1976


The following table shows the most common Fender serial numbers
from 1976 to the present.
Note the introduction of the letter prefix to the serial numbers.
The S stands for the decade of the seventies, an attempt by CBS to identify serial numbers every year of production.The E stands for the decade of the eighties and was used for the first time in 1979.

But here too there were a number of overlaps and the reference to
the correct production date is sometimes vague.

SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION YEAR
76 + 5 digits
S6 + 5 digits
1976
S7 + 5 digits
S8 + 5 digits
1977
S7 + 5 digits
S8 + 5 digits
S9 + 5 digits
1978
S9 + 5 digits
E0 + 5 digits
1979
S9 + 5 digits
E0 + 5 digits
E1 + 5 digits
1980
S9 + 5 digits
E0 + 5 digits
E1 + 5 digits
1981

In 1982, the U.S. Vintage Series entered with the V as the serial number prefix.

SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION YEAR
E1 + 5 digits
E2 + 5 digits
E3 + 5 digits
V + 4, 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)

1982
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)
E2 + 5 digits
E3 + 5 digits
V + 4, 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)

1983
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)
E3 + 5 digits
E4 + 5 digits
V + 4, 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)

1984
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)

In March 1985, CBS Corporation Fender was sold to a group of private investors led by William Schultz.The company was given the current name; Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

The transition to the new owners cannot be deduced from the serial numbers, because the numbering remained the same.

SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION YEAR
E3 + 5 digits
E4 + 5 digits
V + 4, 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)

1985
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)
V + 4, 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters) 1986
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)
E4 + 5 digits
V + 4, 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)

1987
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)
E4 + 5 digits
E8 + 5 digits
V + 4, 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)

1988
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)
E8 + 5 digits
E9 + 5 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)

1989
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)

Serial numbers Fender guitars decoder - GuitarInsite (6)To date American Vintage Series with the prefix 'V' serial numbers correctly, the neck of the body must be unscrewed.The production date is stamped or written on the end of the neck heel.

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In 1990, the N came as prefix for the serial numbers, and stands for the nineties.The numbers and stickers were produced far in advance.
Due to a factory fault, N9 stickers (intended for use in 1999) were affixed in 1990 to a number of instruments built in that year.
As a result, you will come across a number of guitars built in 1990 with an N9 serial number.The guitars from 1990 have the serial number on the front of the headstock.Fender moved the serial number to the back of the headstock in 1996.


SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION YEAR
N9 + 5 digits
N0 + 5 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)
1990
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year)
N1 + 5 or 6 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)
1991
N1 + 5 or 6 digits
N2 + 5 or 6 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)
1992
N3 + 5 or 6 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)
1993
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters) 1994
N4 + 5 or 6 digits
N5 + 5 or 6 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)
1995
N6 + 5 or 6 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)
1996
N6 + 6 or 6 digits
N7 + 5 or 6 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)
1997
N8 + 5 or 6 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series)
1998
N9 + 5 or 6 digits
V + 5 or 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters)
1999


The Z for the digits was added in 2000.
A Z0 prefix dates from 2000, a Z1 from 2001, etc.The U.S. Deluxe Series have the same standard but with the additionof a D for the Z, e.g. DZ1, DZ2 etc.

But here too there are overlaps of numbers and years.


SERIAL PRODUCTION YEAR
N9 + 5 or 6 digits

Z0 + 5 or 6 digits

DZ0 + 5 or 6 digits (Am. Deluxe)

V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecaster)

2000
Z0 + 5 or 6 digits

Z1 + 5 or 6 digits

DZ1 + 5 or 6 digits (Am. Deluxe)

V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecaster)

2001
Z1 + 5 or 6 digits
Z2 + 5 or 6 digits
DZ2 + 5 or 6 digits (Am. Deluxe)
V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecaster)
2002
Z2 + 5 or 6 digits
Z3 + 5 or 6 digits
DZ3 + 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe Series)
V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecaster)
2003
Z3 + 5 or 6 digits
Z4 + 5 or 6 digits
DZ4 + 5 or 6 digits (Am. Deluxe)
V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecaster)
XN4 + 4 digits
2004
Z4 + 5 or 6 digits
Z5 + 5 or 6 digits
DZ5 + 5 or 6 digits (Am. Deluxe)
V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecaster)
XN5 + 4 digits
2005
10 + 7 digits
(Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number)
End 2009 - March 2010
US + 8 digits
(Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number)

First two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture.

Starting March 2010


The following serial numbers are somewhat outside the familiar Fender numbering.

If in doubt about an odd serial number, check the table below to see if you can find the letter number combination here.

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SERIAL DESCRIPTION
AMXN + 6 digits California Series electric guitars and basses, '97 and '98 (Made in USA and Mexico)
DN + 6 digits American Deluxe serie instruments, '98 and '99
NC + 6 digits Squier Strat Bullets (see Squier serials)
FN + 6 digits US-made guitars and basses destined for export. Some are not exported or sent back.
I + 7 digits A limited number of these I-Series were made in '89 and '90. Made for the export market and have 'Made in USA' stamped on the heel of the neck.
LE + 6 digits Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars made in 1994. Sold as a promotional 3 piece set with a Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp.
CN + 6 digits
VN + 6 digits
Produced in Korea, Fender/Squier guitars. (dating unclear)
CA + 5 digits Gold Strat 1981, '82 and '83
CB + 5 digits Precision Bass Special from 1981, CB(5 digits) Gold Jazz Bass from 1982
CC + 5 digits Walnut Strat 1981, '82 and '83
CE + 5 digits Precision Bass Special from 1981, Black and Gold Telecster from 1981 and 1982
CD + 5 digits
CO + 5 digits
Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982
GO + 5 digits Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982, Gold Strat 1982 and 1983
D + 6 digits Jazz Bass from 1982

SE + 6 digits
SN + 6 digits

SZ + 6 digits

Signature Series Instruments
[eighties] SE8 + 5 digits-'88, SE9 + 5 digits-'89
[nineties] SN0 + 5 digits-'90, SN1 + 5 digits-'90, SN2 + 5 digits-'92, etc.
[two thousands] SZ0 + 5 digits-'00, SZ1 + 5 digits-'01, SZ2 + 5 digits-'02, etc.
3 digits 001-500 35th Anniversary Strat from 1989-1990
G + 6 digits "STRAT" from about. 1980, (Gold hardware, 2 position rotary tone switch)
4 digits stamped on bridge plate U.S. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck for specific year)
5 digits stamped on bridge plate U.S. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1988-present (Check neck for specific year)
T + 6 digits Tribute series instruments
C + 6 digits Collectors Series
XN + 5 digits FSRs and '52 Telecasters
PREFIX 10 OR US

At the end of 2009 a new 9 digit serial number format was introduced.This format is prefixed with the number 10 (which stands for the second decade of 2000) followed by7 digits.
In March 2010 this format was again replaced by an 8 digit with the prefixtwo letters. The two letters indicate the production location, the first two numbers the production year.The last numbers are random and provide no further information.

JAPAN

Fender guitars produced in Japan have the serial number on the back of the neck, near the attachment to the body.
In some reissue models it can be found on the headstock or the neck plate. The combination of the text "Made in Japan"and the serial number was used until 1997.

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Fender increased its production in March, 1982 by having the Japan-based company Fuji Gen Gakki also build instruments.
The MIJ (Made In Japan) guitars start with a letter or a few letters indicating the year of manufacture.This is the same system as the US serial numbers, however these MIJ serial numbers are less reliable.
Because this letter system was used inaccurately, the dating of MIJ guitars is questionable.Because this letter systemwas applied inaccurately, the dating of MIJ guitars is doubtful.

In 1997 the sticker "Made in Japan" was replace by "Crafted in Japan".There are overlaps of "CIJ" (Crafted in Japan) with the "MIJ" models, so pay attention to whether the instrumentis labeled "Made in Japan" or "Crafted in Japan".

SERIAL Made in Japan PRODUCTION YEAR
JV + 5 digits1982 - 1984
SQ + 5 digits1983 - 1984
E + 6 digits1984 - 1987
A + 6 digits
B + 6 digits
C + 6 digits
1985 - 1986
F + 6 digits1986 - 1987
G + 6 digits1987 - 1988
H + 6 digits1988 - 1989
I + 6 digits
J + 6 digits
1989 - 1990
K + 6 digits1990 - 1991
L + 6 digits1991 - 1992
M + 6 digits1992 - 1993
N + 6 digits
O + 6 digits
P + 6 digits
Q + 6 digits
1993 - 1994
S + 6 digits
T + 6 digits
1994 - 1995
U + 6 digits
N + 5 digits
1995 - 1996
V + 6 digits1996 - 1997
SERIAL Crafted in Japan PRODUCTION YEAR
A + 6 digits 1997 - 1998
O + 6 digits 1997 - 2000
P + 6 digits 1999 - 2002
Q + 6 digits 2002 - 2004
R + 6 digits 2004 - 2005
S + 6 digits 2006 - 2008
T + 6 digits 2007 - 2008

After 2007, the marking was switched back to "Made in Japan". However, both stickers were used for a few years.
The serial numbers have continued since this cover in the same way as with the "CIJ" system.

MEXICO


In the late 1980s, Fender opened a factory in Ensenada, Mexico where the first instruments were produced in 1990.
The serial number of the Made in Mexico (MIM) Fenders, starting with the letter M and can be found on the headstock.
Some exceptions include special editions and signature models, and
the American/Mexican-made Californiaseries whose serial numbers begin with AMXN.

The MIM serial number system is quite simple.
The Mexican Fenders made in the 1990s have the serial number
starting with MN followedby a number indicating the year of the decade.The M stands for Mexico and the N for nineties.
Guitars made from the 2000s follow the same system, but start with
MZ. The Z here indicates the 2000 decade.And for the 2010s the
prefix is MX1.

SERIAL PRODUCTION YEAR
MN0 + 5 of 6 digits1990
MN1 + 5 of 6 digits1991
MN2 + 5 of 6 digits1992
MN3 + 5 of 6 digits1993
MN4 + 5 of 6 digits1994
MN5 + 5 of 6 digits1995
MN6 + 5 of 6 digits1996
MN7 + 5 of 6 digits1997
MN8 + 5 of 6 digits1998
MN9 + 5 of 6 digits1999
MZ0 + 5 of 6 digits2000
MZ1 + 5 of 6 digits2001
MZ2 + 5 of 6 digits2002
MZ3 + 5 of 6 digits2003
MZ4 + 5 of 6 digits2004
MZ5 + 5 of 6 digits2005
MZ6 + 5 of 6 digits2006
MZ7 + 5 of 6 digits2007
MZ8 + 5 of 6 digits2008
MZ9 + 5 of 6 digits2009
MX10 + 6 digits2010
MX11 + 6 digits2011
MX12 + 6 digits2012
MX13 + 6 digits2013
MX14 + 6 digits2014
MX15 + 6 digits2015
MX16 + 6 digits2016
MX17 + 6 digits2017
MX18 + 6 digits2018
MX19 + 6 digits2019
MX20 + 6 digits2020

KOREA

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There is very little information about the Korean serial number from 1988 to 1992.Numbers exist both with and without letter prefix.In addition, the serial numbers were used randomly during this period
and correct dating is uncertain.

There is also no much information about the serial numbers from
1993 to 1998.Some have letter prefix CN or CV.

From 1997 onwards, serial numbers have the prefix KC followed by
eight digits, the first two digits of which indicate the year of manufacture.KC stands for Korean Cor-Tek factory.

SERIAL PRODUCTION YEAR
6, 7 of 8 digits1988-1996
CN0 + 5 digits
VN0 + 5 digits
1990-1991
CN1 + 5 digits
VN1 + 5 digits
CN2 + 5 digits
1991-1992
VN2 + 5 digits
CN3 + 5 digits
1992-1993
CN1 + 5 digits
VN3 + 5 digits
CN4 + 5 digits
1993-1994
VN4 + 5 digits
CN5 + 5 digits
1994-1995
CN1 + 5 digits
VN5 + 5 digits
CN6 + 5 digits
1995-1996
VN6 + 5 digits1996-1997
KC97 + 6, 7 of 8 digits1997-1998
KC98 + 6 digits1998-1999
KC99 + 6 digits1999-2000
KC00 + 6 digits 2000-2001
KC01 + 6 digits2000-2001
KC02 + 6 digits 2001-2003
KC03 + 6 digits2003-2004
KC04 + 6 digits 2004-2005
KC05 + 6 digits2005-2006
KC06 + 6 digits 2006-2007
KC07 + 6 digits2007-2008
KC08 + 6 digits 2008-2009
KC09 + 6 digits2009-2010
KC10 + 6 digits 2010-2011
KC11 + 6 digits2011-2012
KC12 + 6 digits 2012-2013
KC13 + 6 digits2013-2014
KC14 + 6 digits 2014-2015


Fender Logo

If you cannot find a serial number of the guitar (illegible, worn away), you can approximate the antiquity of a electric or semi-acoustic guitar by means of the potentiometers.The code on potentiometers gives information about the manufacturer and the year and week when it was made.
See: Dating potentiometers

The used Fender logo can also be an indication of the period in which the guitar was made.Whether it is an original model or a vintage (the old logos are used there too) depends on your own assessment of the age of the guitar.

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spaghetti-logo 1950-1965
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transition logo 1960-1967
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CBS era logo 1967-

Fender has used 3 different logos for guitars.The original logo, also called "spaghetti logo", the transition logo and the CBS era logo.The spaghetti logo was used in the 1950s and is so named for its thin silver letter with a thin black line.This logo was used in the mid-sixties.

At the end of 1959 a new logo was designed by designer Robert Perine and Leo fender himself.The logo has bold gold letters with a thicker black border.The logo was later named transition logo, because it bridged the period between the thin spaghetti logo and the CBS era.The first guitar to be presented with this new logo was the Jazz Bass in 1960.All new models were given the new logo from that moment.

In 1967 after the takeover of Fender by CBS, the design remained the same but the letters turned black with a gold-colored border.


Dating Pickups Stratocaster, Telecaster and Precision


Another method of determining the guitar's year of manufacturing
is to date the pickups.The date code consists of 3, 4, 5 or 6 digits.
(no letters)

The first or first 2 digits is the code of the Fender employé who wound the coil (winder).The next digits are the week and the year.

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The pickups of Stratocasters, Telecasters and Precisions from the late 1960s to the early 1980s with a date code can be deciphered using the decoder.
Because the pickups were made earlier than the guitar, you have to add about half a year to it for the year of the guitar construction.
Another way to determine the age of a Fender pickup is to measure its ohmic resistance (impedance).
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The impedance values are based on the average measured
values of the pickups from the relevant year.

The specifications in the table are courtesy of Seymour Duncan obtained from the data and measurements of numerous remanufactured pickups.

OHM YEAR WIRE OD INSULATION TURNS WINDING MAGN. POLE WINDING METHOD
6.37k19630.0028"Formvar 8319TL/TGSouthHand
6.33k19600.0028"Formvar 8293TL/TGSouthHand
6.25k19640.0027"Formvar/Enamel 7980TL/TGSouthHand
6.22k19620.0028"Formvar 8220TL/TGSouthHand
6.20k19580.0028"Formvar 8350TL/TGNorthHand
6.19k 19610.0029"Formvar 8119TL/TGSouthHand
6.02k19570.0029"Formvar 8105TL/TGNorthHand
5.98k19560.0029"Formvar 8012TL/GLNorthHand
5.95k19590.0030"Formvar 7925TL/GLNorthHand
5.89k 19550.0029"Formvar 7844TL/GLNorthHand
5.88k 19670.0027"Plain Enamel 7656TL/GLSouthMachine
5.80k19650.0026"Plain Enamel 7626TL/GLSouthMachine
5.76k19540.0030"Formvar 7956TL/GLNorthHand
5.76k19660.0026"Plain Enamek 7630TL/GLSouthMachine

FAQs

How do I read my fender serial number? ›

The serial numbers have been placed on or in the guitar in different places over the years. At the top of the neck plate, on the front or at the back of the headstock or on the cover plate of the vibrato (Stratocasters), or at the end of the heel of the neck.

How old is my guitar by serial number? ›

How old is my Vintage guitar? Locate the serial number on the rear of the headstock. Ignore the letters of the serial number if they have any. The first and second number indicates the year of manufacturer, ie 99 = 1999, 07 = 2007.

How do I look up my guitar serial number? ›

A real serial number is stamped dark on the back of the headstock. A fake serial number is usually in white. Brands such as Gibson, Fender, PRS or other renowned brands also issue a certificate of authenticity, but this can also be used for fraud.

How do you tell what year a Fender guitar is? ›

Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.

How can you tell if a Fender guitar is vintage? ›

Fender serial numbers on the headstock:

The serial number scheme usually began with a letter prefix to indicate the decade then a series of numbers. An "S" indicates 1970s, "E" indicates 1980s, and "N" = 1990s. The first digit after the prefix usually indicates the year but there is plenty of overlap.

Does Fender still make guitars in Japan? ›

They simply reconstructed their company. Now, Fender exists in Japan through a different company named Fender Music Corporation (Japan) and since this change, the Japanese-made Fender guitars now being sold by FMC (Japan) have been labeled under the “Japan Exclusive” series.

How much does it cost to get a guitar appraised? ›

Expect to pay between $50 to $275 for an instrument appraisal (or more for extremely rare or expensive instruments). So if you think a guitar is only worth $300, that $250 appraisal might not be a great idea.

Do guitars go up in value? ›

Most Fender guitars depreciate quickly after purchase, but the guitar becomes a rare, esteemed piece after decades, resulting in appreciation. However, the guitar's condition determines how much it appreciates in value. For example, a well-maintained vintage guitar is sure to appreciate well. What is this?

What is my Fender Stratocaster worth? ›

Fender guitars hold their value well, especially the American-made ones. The classic American Professional Stratocaster costs around $1500 and around $1000-$1200 second-hand. Vintage Fender guitars in mint condition have been sold for over $1 million.

Are Mexican Strats any good? ›

Mexican Stratocasters are still fantastic instruments for their price. For a better comparison, stack them against guitars from the likes of Jackson, PRS, Schecter, or ESP in the same price range. These guitars are more than comparable, and they do have the classic looks and sound of a Stratocaster pretty much nailed.

Are Japanese fenders good? ›

The truth is that Japanese Fenders feature a really good quality and in most cases, they are on the same level as the American-made models. On the other hand, there are a lot of different models, so it's tough to compare them. But in general, Fender MIJ guitars are definitely worth it.

How do I know if my guitar is original? ›

Most fake guitars will utilize multiple pieces of wood, creating a scarf joint on the neck. Upon close examination of your hardware, you will find structural and visual inconsistencies. With Acoustic Guitars, the most common trick is for forgers to swap plywood in place of solid wood.

Can you look up a serial number on money? ›

If you think you might have possession of a bill that's worth more than its face value, you can go online to look up the serial number. To test it out, I looked up the number on a $5 bill I had in my wallet at MyCurrencyCollection.com.

How can you tell if a Fender is real? ›

How to Tell if a Fender Stratocaster is Real or Fake - Don't Get Scammed!

How do you date a Stratocaster? ›

Date with neck and body dates (expert technicians only)

Stratocasters have two main date indicators: one signed in pencil or stamped on the heel of the neck and one pencil signed in the tremolo cavity on the back of the body (until about 1966 or so).

What is my Fender Stratocaster worth? ›

Fender guitars hold their value well, especially the American-made ones. The classic American Professional Stratocaster costs around $1500 and around $1000-$1200 second-hand. Vintage Fender guitars in mint condition have been sold for over $1 million.

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