The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.The charts below detail the most common Fender serial number schemes from 1976 to the present.This new scheme uses the letters “US” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in the United States, followed by an eight-digit number.The first two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture, (, , etc.).Therefore, while helpful in determining a of PRODUCTION DATES, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model. Most notably, PRODUCTION DATES have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.
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.
Consequently, some 1990 guitars bear 1999 “N9” SERIAL NUMBERS. American Deluxe Series instruments use the same dating convention, but with the addition of a “D” in front of the “Z”; i.e., DZ1, DZ2, etc.
“Z”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS denoting the new millennium appeared on U. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year.
" is one of the most frequently asked questions we field.
So we`ve made it easy for every Taylor owner to "date" his or her guitar, using the very simple method of interpreting the instrument`s serial number (printed on the manufacturer`s sticker, located inside the guitar).
Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues.