It was a new operation, with manufacturing equipment provided by Fender themselves, and a proper overseeing of the tech setup, by Fender experts. Identical parts showing up on Squier Standards and on Hello Kitty models and on Tribute G + Ls, etc. That's why I'd get beat on a game show. When was my Fender instrument made? It was just branded Squier Strat, and I suspect that was a very deliberate attempt to distance the model from the more expensive Korean and Mexican Squier Stratocaster of the time. Double stamped serial number plates were also produced number on both front and back of the neck plate in late 1957 to early 1959. Just pass and wait for the next one to pop up. I've got to agree with Boris.
To the point it seems Cortek never uses an alternate fastener or cover, etc when they already have a good one. I think I'm fortunate to be playing these 'lesser' guitars. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 5 digits U. Lastly, one of the best measures of value may be completed Ebay Auctions for similar guitars. You can order these titles through your local Authorized Fender Dealer. If you have a Fender in your hands, you can use this guide to precisely date your Fender instrument all the way back to 1950. He would certainly know about the reliability of the decal serial numbers for dating these guitars.
The neck shape and finish is the same. So starting in mid-1976 the serial number was moved to a decal on the peghead. They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information on determining the production years of various instruments and on Fender history in general. Hello all Played this the other day. So, they ordered neckplates that were supposed to have numbers above 100,000.
The modern players are amazing. You can order these titles through your local Authorized Fender Dealer. If you can supply a link to the exact model you are looking at, then I'm sure others here can give you an idea of a good price to pay. So, post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number. My first guess was 1991, but I got to thinking and talked myself out of it. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 5 digits E8 + 5 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 5 digits U. You can also check with your local pawnshops, as most refer to this book, or one like it, to establish the values or used instruments.
No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them. Gen Gakki facility in Japan, prices of the mid point electric guitars had spiralled skyward, and the market was far too competitive to tolerate that. Now there is the plywood vs wood body thing again. Reference Materials to Help Date Your Guitar If you are unable to place the approximate year of manufacture of your instrument using the above charts, there are a few great books available, which have invaluable information on the history of Fender instruments. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year. In an effort to produce lower priced products, without having to utilize Fender Japan in the process, Fender built a second modern manufacturing facility in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, with the goal of being able to build quality instruments and offer them at more budget-oriented prices.
The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years. While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is certainly not definitive. Chinese manufacture was technically the answer, but Fender had to get it right. No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them. I think I'm fortunate to be playing these 'lesser' guitars.
Any info on the exact model? Some may have stayed in the U. The second character refers to the decade: N represents Nineties 1990's. I just know I bought this no later than 1990 brand new from a dealer. Probably made by Yako Taiwan. P90's, Alder body really heavy. It was just branded Squier Strat. Find great deals on eBay for fender squier china fender squire strat china.
Just keep this in mind. This was probably done as a cost saving measure. This was bought new and only owned by me, original everything but the strings and 5 way failed. So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference. Fender demanded corrected neckplates immediately.
He is a regular contributor to the Squier-Talk forum and was very helpful to me when I got the Telecaster above recently. An inexact science to be sure. He never invisioned a need to pinpoint the manufacturing date of any of his guitars. Middle - strat, bright, funky. If that's the case, then mine must be from the 80's like I had originally thought. Sunn Mustang — was another irresistible, bargain basement competition- destroyer.
All of these are excellent resources for researching the fair market value of your instrument. I think most people will date your guitar as 1993-1994. Made an account to post here since this was high on my Strat info search and I have a little to add. Couldn't find much by way of Google other than a wiki article, but it left me dead ended. Like many companies with only administrative offices in Taiwan, nothing is made there, the Factory is in China Zhangzhou. Any help would be appreciated, i'm very un-knowledgeable in this category.