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Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.
Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.
Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.
Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.
Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.
The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, which may be stamped or written there (if you`re uncomfortable doing this yourself, please refer to an experienced professional guitar tech in your area). Serial numbering didn`t change immediately because instruments continued to be made using existing, tooling, parts and serial number schemes.
Serial numbers with an "S" prefix denote the 1970s (signifying a CBS attempt to use serial numbers to identify production years); an "E" prefix was introduced in 1979 to denote the 1980s. instruments with "V"-prefix serial numbers is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, which may be stamped or written there."N"-prefix serial numbers denoting the 1990s were introduced in 1990.