Dating fender guitars mexico
But once again, due to the modular nature of Fender's production methods, and the fact that most serial numbers schemes are not sequential and usually overlap from between 2 to 4 years, (from the early days of Fender, through to the mid 1980s), dating by the serial number is not an exact science.The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.The following charts detail the most common Fender serial number schemes used from 1976 to the present.Please note the introduction of the "S" prefix serial numbers.The "S", stood for decade of the 1970s, and began CBS' attempt to use serial numbers to identify the year of production for the piece.
And they’ve capitalized on this success for over 60 years by producing more than 100 variations of the timeless guitar.From the introduction of the Stratocaster in 1954 through the early 1980s, there was pretty much only one Stratocaster in Fender’s lineup from year to year. ) Aside from the Mary Kaye Strat in the late 1950s, the Antigua Strats in the late 1970s, and the 25th Anniversary Strat in 1979, there really weren’t any variations.Because the 1970s Stratocasters were not that well received, Fender was feeling the heat by the early 1980s to return to their golden era of the 1950s/early 1960s.He played it a few times, but moved away and told me I can do what I want with it.(Unfortunately, he never took to the guitar.) It’s candy apple red but the only information on the guitar is “Fender Stratocaster” on the front of the headstock, and the serial number MN664280 and “Made in Mexico” on the back.