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
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 acquisition.
SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1965 to 1976
There were numerous serial number schemes used after 1976. Here are the most common schemes.
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.