Dating my fender stratocaster
There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted.
While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is certainly not definitive.
(If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area).
The serial numbers do not immediately reflect the change, as CBS continued to make instruments using existing, tooling, parts, and serial number schemes.
Hi louis1: the Guitar Dater Project has yet to catch up with Korean Fenders. S = Samick, E = Young Chang, E letter serial numbers were used on Young Chang's Fenix brand guitars . People roll up here looking for explanations on their squires quite often, well done mate.
Anyway, I went on wikipedia and found some info about Korean Squiers and it says that: "The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers are from the late 1980s/early 1990s. " Stratodogster Thats a very informative post and some brilliant detective work undertaken.
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.
You will notice that there is quite a bit of overlap of both numbers and years.You will notice that there is quite a bit of overlap of numbers and years.The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument would be to remove the neck and check the butt end of the heel of the neck for a production date, which may be stamped or written there.They have been placed at the top of the neck plate, on the front of the headstock, on the back of the headstock, and on the back of the neck near where the neck bolts onto the body.They were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate (early '50s Strats), and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecasters.
The "S", stood for decade of the 1970s, and began CBS' attempt to use serial numbers to identify the year of production for the piece.