Once fender saw the errors in the old system they decided to go back to the previous lettering serial number schemes this way the country of origin and the date of production can be coded into the serial number.
Ver 20 the fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented mia mij mim mik and mii formats with the exception of custom shop relic and reissue instrumentsplease note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.
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In january of 1965 fender was sold to the cbs corporation the serial numbers do not immediately reflect the change as cbs continued to make instruments using existing tooling parts and serial number schemes.
dating fender amps by serial number part v by greg gagliano copyright 2002 20th century guitar magazine they said.
dating fender amps by serial number part vi by greg gagliano copyright 2010 vintage guitar magazine this article updates information from research started in.
fender tube amp codes 19531970 look for a 2 letter code stamped on the tube chart inside the back of the amp the first letter is the year and the second letter is the monthan amp stamped na would have been made in jan of 1964 here is a list of the first letter showing the year of manufacture.
Tips to help you accurately date your fender japan guitar first you want to determine whether your guitar is from the jv sq mij or cij series.
fender serial numbers 1950 to present identifying the year serial numbers compiled from several sources including myself gruhn and duchossoir.