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In 1957/1958 some serial numbers started with a minus sign ("-"), or had a "0" prefix before the number.

Also in 1959/1960 some serial numbers were at the bottom of the neck plate instead of the usual top.

LE(XXXXXX) Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994.

Generally speaking, a "S" prefix equals the 1970's, "E" prefix equals the 1980's, and "N" prefix equals the 1990's.

Note "E" and "N" prefix models are sometimes also Japanese-made (see below).

7600000 ("76" in bold) = 1976-1977 800000s = 1979-1981 1000000 to 8000000 = 1976-1981 (7 digits) S100000's-S600000's = 1979-1982 S700000's to S770000's = 1977 S740000's to S800000's = 1978 S810000's to S870000's = 1979 S880000's to S980000's = 1980 S950000's to S990000's = 1981 E000000's to E100000's = 1979-1982 E200000's = 1982 E300000's to E310000's = 1983 E320000's to E390000's = 1984-1985 E400000's = 1984, 1985, 1987 E800000's = 1988-1989 E900000's = 1989-1990 N900000's = 1990 N000000's = 1990-1991 N100000's = 1991 N200000's = 1992 N300000's = 1993 N400000's = 1994 N500000's = 1995 N600000's = 1996 N700000's = 1997 N800000's = 1998 N900000's = 1999Japanese Serial Numbers JV 5 digits 1982-1984 SQ 5 digits 1983-1984 E 6 digits 1984-1987 A 6 digits 1985-1986 B 6 digits 1985-1986 C 6 digits 1985-1986 F 6 digits 1986-1987 G 6 digits 1987-1988 H 6 digits 1988-1989 I 6 digits 1989-1990 J 6 digits 1989-1990 K 6 digits 1990-1991 L 6 digits 1991-1992 M 6 digits 1992-1993 N 6 digits 1993-1994 O 6 digits 1993-1994 P 6 digits 1993-1994 Q 6 digits 1993-1994 S 6 digits 1994-1995 T 6 digits 1994-1995 U 6 digits 1995-1996 N 5 digits 1995-1996 V 6 digits 1996-1997 Crafted in Japan A 6 digits 1997-1998 Crafted in Japan O 5 digits 1997-2000 Crafted in Japan P 5 digits 1999-2002 Crafted in Japan Q 5 digits 2002-2004 Crafted in Japan R 5 digits 2004-2005 Dating Mexican Made Fenders SERIAL NUMBERS CIRCA MN0 5 DIGITS 1990-1991 MN1 5 DIGITS 1991-1992 MN2 5 DIGITS 1992-1993 MN3 5 DIGITS 1993-1994 MN4 5 DIGITS 1994-1995 MN5 5 DIGITS 1995-1996 MN6 5 DIGITS 1996-1997 MN7 5 DIGITS 1997-1998 MN8 5 DIGITS 1998-1999 MN9 5 DIGITS 1999-2000 MZ0 5 DIGITS 2000-2001 MZ1 5 DIGITS 2001-2002 MZ2 5 DIGITS 2002-2003 MZ3 5 DIGITS 2003-2004 MZ4 5 DIGITS 2004-2005 MZ5 5 DIGITS 2005-2006 With the year 2000 came the introduction of the "Z" prefix serial numbers on US made instruments, which stood for the 0 of the new millennium.

A Z0 prefix dates to 2000, a Z1 prefix dates to 2001 etcetera.

Hi Guys, this may be of help to identify your Guitar. Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap amoung years. As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. The only truely definitive way to date a pre-CBS fender is to look at all the dates on the instrument (body date, neck date, pot dates).

seems my Red strat was made in 2000/usa, and the Clapton Sig/series is 89 usa.. Regards Lou UPDATED New site to check out Serial Number - Electric1950 to Present (Identifying the Year) This info is from Fender's website (Fender Acoustic Dating available here)Pre-1977 Fender guitars have a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate.

Deluxe) V 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '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 except '52 Telecaster) 2001 Z1 5 or 6 DIGITSZ2 5 or 6 DIGITS DZ2 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am.

This shows a "double stamped" neck plate, one number with a "-" prefix and stamped on the bottom of the plate, and the other number with a "0" prefix!

And yes there is some overlap in serial numbers between years.

4 to 6 digit Neck Plate Serial Numbers (no other letters or markings on the neck plate, except for the rare "-" or "0" prefix, as noted). made Fenders, starting in mid-1976 has the serial number on the peghead.

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