023849354 -- these are Asian made (Korea, Japan, Indonesia) but again the exact factory origin is not usually available from guitardater project or other sources.] FYYMMRRRR F = factory code (this can be 2 letters as well) YY = year of manufacture (this can also be just 1 digit for '90s models) MM = month of manufacture R = ranking number (may be more or less digits, not necessarily indicative of total units produced) Example - S02021234 was made in Feb. Another code used on some current Epiphone models FYYMRRRR F = factory code YY = year of manufacture M = This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc...).
RRRR = ranking number Example - R03D0263 was made in April 2003 at the Peerless Korea factory, unit 0263.
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.
Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.
Fender Japan usedall of the above lettering sequences for the serial numbering of their guitars and basses over the years, andknowing this first will help you determine the year of manufacture.
Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.
At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the head or on the cover plate of the vibrato.
Many also have penciled neck dates () you can only see when the neck is removed from the body of the guitar. acronym for "Squier" These models were made by a different division of Fender and bear the Squier logo and not the Fender logo.
These models have the serial numbering and markings in the same location as Fender JV guitars, and were made only during the years 1983 to 1984. acronym for "MADE IN JAPAN" These models spanned the years from 1984 to 1997.