Dating squier stratocaster
Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year.So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.MN - M = Mexico, N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.MZ - M = Mexico, Z = 2000's, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.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.The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.You will notice that there is quite a bit of overlap of numbers and years.
While there have been periods where dramatic changes have occurred, for example: the transition periods between Leo's Fender and the CBS years, as well as the transition between CBS' Fender and the current ownership, generally speaking, most models are feature specific and do not change from year to year..KC, KV KC (Korean Cor-Tek (Cort)) and KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)), the prefix is followed by a 2 number year. Examples: KC97 = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1997 KV97 = made by Saehan(Sunghan) in 1997 S, E S = Samick, E = Young Chang, E letter serial numbers were used on Young Chang's Fenix brand guitars. The first guitars made in Korea are those with serial number written in silver E1 6 digits Examples: E1 6 digits with silver serial = made by Samick in 1987-88 S9 = made by Samick in 1989 E0 = made by Sung-Eum in 1990 E1 with black serial = made by Sung-Eum in 1991.The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers are from the late 1980s/early 1990s. M – The first number following the prefix is the year. Used in early 90's, featured the a high gloss maple neck with a slimmer 40mm body made from plywood.Example: COB09xxxxxxx CD, CT, CJ – The first 2 numbers following the prefix is the year. In 2009-10 some Indonesian Squier's had the prefix ICS09XXXXX and ICS10XXXXX.Usually the S in ICS designates a Factory Special Run or FSR guitar manufactured by Cor-Tek in Indonesia.
Some more recent Squiers, including the Vintage Modified series (serial numbers starting with SH), were introduced in 2007.