What more can I know? If you're up to it, you can try searching through the pdf files at fender. So knowing what you have can affect the price from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. Probably made by Yako Taiwan. While these policies offer an indication of what year they refer to, they are typically specific to the component they are attached to. Seems dumb to me that Fender would not stamp both the neck and body with the serial number since they are interchangeable and instead uses the heel plate as the identifier. Notice that there is also overlap in serial numbers between different years.
It houses 15-20 different smaller companies, Like Kawi, Gen Gakki Ten, Yamara, Gotoh, Yamoto, etc. However, they stopped doing this in 2010 when they changed their serial number formats. It is very much appreciated! Yamara and Gotoh retooled to handle the woodwork and finish aspects of the guitars—thus the Crafted in Japan line was created. The sticker you are talking about in the electronics cavity of the body is just a part number Fender uses to track bodies during production. The first number following the prefix is the year. Crafted in Japan A + 6 digits 1997-1998 Crafted in Japan O + 6 digits 1997-2000 Crafted in Japan P + 6 digits 1999-2002 Crafted in Japan Q + 6 digits 2002-2004 Crafted in Japan R + 6 digits 2004-2005 Crafted in Japan S + 6 digits 2006-2008 Crafted in Japan T + 6 digits 2007-2008. Fender bass guitars are no exception.
Number sequences ranging from four to six digits represent neck plates that were stamped between 1954 and 1963. The range 100-400 was used specifically between the years of 1951 and 1952. It works just fine for those kinds of applications. Plus all it does is tell you that the format is what any company used; you still have to contact the manufacturer Fender, Gibson, etc. There is a new issue every year that reflects current trends. This web page and associated pages provide a wealth of information about Fender guitars.
In another 5 years there is going to be sooo much confusion, it will not ne funny! Fender does not serial number guitar bodies, the serial numbers are on either the headstock or the neck plate. Neck plate stamping was employed from 1954 to 1976 on all models. Again, these numbers are specific to the bridge plate, which could have been removed and installed on your guitar at some point, or stored a time before installation at the plant. Many of the 1987 and later models will have a serial number that says one thing and the date in the neck pocket in the body or on the butt end of neck that says something different. Once again, not a serial number.
And this is why people have fallen out of using sites like Guitar Dater Project - it won't recognize any legitimate Fender serial number after 2009. In 1977, the serialization went to a letter for the decade, followed by a single digit for the year and then 5 to 6 digits. Enter in your serial number and the country of origin and find out where and when your guitar was made, also find a little description of the shops history. Alphanumeric characters offer a faster way to identify the decade the neck was built. .
The Fender company has gone through three major periods or eras in its existence. The numbers appeared on the pegheads and for the remainder of 1976 they had a prefix of 76 or S6 preceding a 5 digit sequence. Numbers 1000 to 2000 were used between 1953 and 1955. I was told by a former Fender Rep that the necks were made one place and the bodies another, while the electronics were made in yet another. Also, some Crafted in Japan models came with Custom Shop parts, like special Limited Edition guitars and Signature guitars. Removal of the neck of your bass might show a stamped date on the heel of the neck, but the neck might have been stored for sometime before it was actually attached at the plant and shipped for sale.
Bridge Plates and Neck Plates Fender stamped its bridge plates and neck plates in the early years. Yeah I kinda messed up with the acronyms. Some may have stayed in the U. The serial number is printed on a sticker located on the back of the neck, close to where the neck attaches to the body. I requested a picture of the heel plate and will check the serial number.
The Precision Bass models, for example, had bridge plates that were marked from 100 to 2000 between 1951 and 1955. Here's another one which looks pretty much the same. If i had submitted the idea that this was a tell all only source with the best information available to human eyes and hands, then sure, the retoric would be a welcome push in the right direction. Dating the guitar via serial numbers is of key importance. I can't tell you the date. Accurate dating of musical instruments is a very easy and useful skill to learn. One is that there was a reorganizing of where the parts were being make in the large, expansive Fugi Gen Gakki company.