Dating fender guitars by serial number

This method can often clear up a situation where the serial number is inconclusive.

Pot codes may also point you to a general date range, but don't expect them to always be accurate. 1984 - 1987A 6 digits .........1985 - 1986B 6 digits .........1985 - 1986C 6 digits .........1985 - 1986F 6 digits ..........1986 - 1987G 6 digits .........1987 - 1988H 6 digits..........1988 - 1989I 6 digits............1989 - 1990J 6 digits 1989 - 1990K 6 digits 1990 - 1991L 6 digits 1991 - 1992M 6 digits 1992 - 1993N 6 Digits 1993 - 1994O 6 Digits 1994 - 1995 P 6 digits 1995 - 1996Q 6 digits 1993 - 1994S 6 digits 1994 - 1995T 6 digits 1994 - 1995U 6 digits 1995 - 1996N 5 digits 1995 - 1996V 6 digits 1996 - 1997Crafted in Japan Serials (usually back of neck)A 6 digits 1997 - 1998O 6 digits 1997 - 2000P 6 digits 1999 - 2002Q 6 digits 2002 - 2004R 6 digits 2004 - 2005S 6 digits 2006 - 2008T 6 digits 2007 - 2008Made in Mexico Serials (on headstock)MN0 5 or 6 digits 1990-1991MN1 5 or 6 digits 1991-1992MN2 5 or 6 digits 1992-1993MN3 5 or 6 digits 1993-1994MN4 5 or 6 digits 1994-1995MN5 5 or 6 digits 1995-1996MN6 5 or 6 digits 1996-1997MN7 5 or 6 digits 1997-1998MN8 5 or 6 digits 1998-1999MN9 5 or 6 digits 1999-2000MZ0 5 or 6 digits 2000-2001MZ1 5 or 6 digits 2001-2002MZ2 5 or 6 digits 2002-2003MZ3 5 or 6 digits 2003-2004MZ4 5 or 6 digits 2004-2005MZ5 5 or 6 digits 2005-2006MZ6 5 or 6 digits 2006-2007MZ7 5 or 6 digits 2007-2008MZ8 5 or 6 digits 2008-2009MZ9 5 or 6 digits 2009-2010"10" prefix followed by a space and eight digits Late 2009 through approximately March 2010MX10 6 digits 2010MX11 6 digits 2011MX12 6 digits 2012MX13 6 digits 2013MX14 6 digits 2014MX15 6 digits 2015-2016MX16 6 digits 2016-2017MX17 6 digits 2017-2018NOTES: Mexican Fender Signature Series used other prefixes, such as "MSN" 5 digits in the 1990s and "MS" in the 2000s.

These links will take you farther down in the document to the manufacturers covered here: Dean -- Epiphone -- Fender -- G&L -- Gibson -- Gretsch -- Guild -- Hagstrom -- Hamer -- Ibanez -- Jackson/Charvel -- Kramer -- Martin -- Ovation -- Peavey -- If you believe something is inaccurate, please point it out in the comments section at the bottom.

If you feel a certain company should be included, please request it and feel free to share any dating info along with your source. Dean Every Dean guitar made in United States comes with a seven digit serial number that is printed on the back of the headstock (some 90s models may be stamped on the fretboard).

These stamps can be found in differentlocations on your guitar, so now I'll tell you where you need to look to find these markings... acronym for "Japan Vintage" On these guitars you will find the letters "JV" stamped/engraved into the neck plate of the Stratocasters and bass guitars and on the bridges of the Telecasters and other guitar models.

There will be 5 numbers also engraved after the "JV" lettering.

Please refer to the chart I have provided below in order to pinpoint the exact year your guitar was manufactured...A number, usually 5 to 7 digits long, follows the letter and helps to further identify the year. Made in Korea Serials (may or may not have letter prefix.There is known overlap between years, and looking at the date on the neck heel should be more accurate. may/may not be Squier)6, 7 or 8 Digits only 1988 - 1996 "E" serials from Young Chang or Sung-Eum plants: E1 6 Digits in Silver 1987 - 1988 E2 6 Digits in Silver 1988 - 1989 E0 6 Digits in Black 1989 - 1990 E1 6 Digits in Black 1991 - 1992 E2 6 Digits in Black 1992 - 1993 E3 6 Digits in Black 1993 - 1994 "S" serials from Samick plant: S9 6 Digits 1989 - 1990 S0 6 Digits 1990 - 1991 S1 6 Digits 1991 - 1992 S2 6 Digits 1992 - 1993 S3 6 Digits 1993 - 1994 "CN" (Cort) and "VN" (Sungham) factory serials: CN0 or VN0 5 Digits 1990 - 1991 CN1 or VN1 5 Digits 1991 - 1992 CN2 or VN2 5 Digits 1992 - 1993 CN3 or VN3 5 Digits 1993 - 1994 CN4 or VN4 5 Digits 1994 - 1995 CN5 or VN5 5 Digits 1995 - 1996 CN6 or VN6 5 Digits 1996 - 1997 "KC" 1997 and up Cort factory serial numbers: KC97 6 Digits 1997 - 1998 KC97 7 Digits 1997 - 1998 KC97 8 Digits 1997 - 1998 KC98 6 Digits 1998 - 1999 KC99 6 Digits 1999 - 2000 KC00 6 Digits 2000 - 2001 KC01 6 Digits 2001 - 2002 KC02 6 Digits 2002 - 2003 KC03 6 Digits 2003 - 2004 KC04 6 Digits 2004 - 2005 KC05 6 Digits 2005 - 2006 KC06 6 Digits 2006 - 2007 KC07 6 Digits 2007 - 2008 KC08 6 Digits 2008 - 2009 KC09 6 Digits 2009 - 2010 KC10 6 Digits 2010 - 2011 KC11 6 Digits 2011 - 2012 KC12 6 Digits 2012 - 2013 KC13 6 Digits 2013 - 2014 Made in Indonesia Serials IC08 6 digits 2008-2009IC09 6 digits 2008-2009ICF09 6 digits 2009-2010IC10 6 digits 2009-2010ICF10 6 digits 2010-2011ICF11 6 digits 2011-2012Special cases For Fender acoustics, please see this page on the Fender website: https://support.fender.com/hc/en-us/articles/214343883-How-can-I-find-out-when-my-acoustic-instrument-was-manufactured-NUMBER DESCRIPTIONC(XXXXXX) Collectors Series up to 1965CA(XXXXX) Gold Strat 1981, 82 and 83CB(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special and Gold Jazz Bass 1981-82CC(XXXXX) Walnut Strat 1981-82-83CD or CO(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982CE(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special from 1981, Black and Gold Tele from 1981-82CN, R or V US Custom Shop (may also include CZ)D(XXXXXX) Jazz Bass 1981-82DN(XXXXXX) American Deluxe Series, 1998-99DZ 6 or 7 digits American Deluxe Series 2000 to present EJ(XXXXX) Eric Johnson Signature Stratocasters EE(XXXXXX) Some US made instruments from the mid to late '80s made for export to Europe had an EE prefix FN(XXXXXX) US made guitars and basses made for export G(XXXXXX) "THE STRAT" 1980-83GO(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982, Gold Strat 1982-83H, I or K(XXXXXXX) USA guitars for export stamped USA on heel, serial on headstock, 1989-90.First two numbers in the sequence will tell you when your guitar was produced.If you see a seven digit serial number on the back of a Dean guitar, you can be sure that it was produced in United States.

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