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Information on Vintage Fender Guitar and Bass Serial Numbers

Our serial number guide shows approximate date of manufacture. For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise idea of the date of manufacture.

  SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1950's to 1964

Serial Number
 
Date Range
Up to 6000   1950 to 1954
Up to 10,000   1954 to 1956
10,000s   1955 to 1956
10,000s to 20,000s   1957
20,000s to 30,000s   1958
30,000s to 40,000s   1959
40,000s to 50,000s   1960
50,000s to 70,000s   1961
60,000s to 90,000s   1962
80,000s to 90,000s   1963
90,000s up to L10,000s   1963
L10,000s up to L20,000s   1963
L20,000s up to L50,000s   1964

        

In early 1965, Fender was sold to the CBS. The old Fender serial number scheme did not change immediately as CBS to use up existing parts and use existing tooling however a large F logo was added to the neck plate shortly after the accquisition.

 

SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1965 to 1976

Serial Number
 
Date Range
L50,000s up to L90,000s   1965
100,000s   1965
100,000s to 200,000s   1966 to 1967
200,000s   1968
200,000s to 300,000s   1969 to 1970
300,000s   1971 to 1972
300,000s to 500,000s   1973
400,000s to 500,000s   1974 to 1975
500,000s to 700,000s   1976

 


There were numerous serial number schemes used after 1976.  Here are the most common schemes.

Serial Number
 
Date Range
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 Vintage Series of guitars was introduced. The vintage series used a "V" prefix in serial numbers. Perhaps the best way to date the Vintage series is to carefully remove the necek and check the bottom of the neck for a production date.

Serial Number
 
Date Range
EI + 5 DIGITS
E2 + 5 DIGITS
E3 + 5 DIGITS
V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster)
  1982 (For Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year)
E2 + 5 DIGITS
E3 + 5 DIGITS
V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster)
  1983
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year)
E3 + 5 DIGITS
E4 + 5 DIGITS
V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster)
  1984
(For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year)

 

 

 
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