Dating a squier bass
So to get right into it: 1950 - 1954 (appears on bridge plate) Esquires, Broadcasters, and Telecasters 0001 to 0999 1963 1963 - 1965 ("L" Series, some late '62 models as well)0L00001 to L20000 1963L20000 to L59000 1964L59000 to L99999 19651965 - 1976 ("F" Series, CBS era, serial above Fender F on neck plate, overlap between years)100000 to 110000 late 1965110000 to 200000 1966200000 to 210000 1967210000 to 250000 1968250000 to 280000 1969280000 to 300000 1970300000 to 340000 1971340000 to 370000 1972370000 to 520000 1973500000 to 580000 1974580000 to 690000 1975690000 to 750000 19761976 - Present In 1976 Fender moved the serial location to headstock (front or back). 2016Made in Japan Serials (usually appears on back of neck near neck joint)JV 5 digits ..... Other signatures, such as Ritchie Blackmore and Duff Mc Kagan used "MSZ," while still others retained the "MX" designation.
In general, an initial letter indicates the decade, with S = 70s, E = 80s, N = 90s, Z = 2000s. Also California Series serials (1997-1998) use an "AMXN" prefix followed by 6 digits, and were jointly made by Fender USA/Mexico.
Pre-1994 productions also frequently omit the factory letter codes and appeared as all digits, e.g.
3042779.----------------------------------------------FYYMMRRRRF/FF = factory ID Y/YY = year of manufacture MM = month of manufacture RRRR = ranking number Example: 3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: S3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: S93021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: SI01021234 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 1234Example: SI010212345 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 12345Note: There may be no factory designator for some 1993 and earlier models.
Y = Year of manufacture C = Model code PPP = Production number Model Codes (C)1 = NVJ2 = EMPEROR3 = RIVIERA4 = SHERATON5 = CASINO6 = Limited Edition7 = EB-28 = ES-930J9 = EMPEROR-JExample: 34123 = 1993 / SHERATON / unit 123Example: 38123 = 1993 / ES-930J / unit 1231971 - 1987The Aria Epiphone Japan models that were made by Matsumoku from the early 1970s and ending before 1987 do not have a reliable serial numbering system but can be approximately dated using their Epiphone label colors.1971-1975 - Blue label - Early models say "Union Made"1976-1979 - Tan or white "Lincolnwood" label with Norlin logo1980-1987 - Brown Label with splotched pattern Fender (Back to top of page) Fender is notorious for being a little tricky.
The first number designates the production year (5 = 1955, etc).1961 - 1975First we present a simplified table that may get you in the ballpark.
After that, a much more complex table from that may take you further.
This is partially due to their production methods, which often involved using parts throughout different models and years, so that tracing the year of one part may not accurately indicate the production year of the instrument.
If you're not averse to removing the neck on a guitar, Fender often wrote a date on the heel of the neck, as well as a date in the neck pocket.