Dating a Fender Guitar by it’s Serial Number can be a little tricky.In most cases you can only get a ball park range for your production date.Over the years Fender used modular production techniques that may have resulted in a guitar that has parts from one year to another.
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..
Serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments through the years.
On the heel of the neck should be a penciled or stamped date with a month and year that it was assembled in.
Other areas that contain Serial Numbers are on the top of the Neck Plate and the front or back of the Head Stock.
It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name.
Squier Company manufactured strings for violins, banjos, and guitars.On some of the early Stratocaster’s it was stamped on the back of the Vibrato Cover Plate.The Bridge Plate between the Pickup and the Saddles can also have Serial Numbers on some Telecaster’s.In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes. instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.