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  USA AND MIJ FENDER SERIAL NUMBERS


DATING JAPANESE-MADE FENDER INSTRUMENTS

SERIAL NUMBERS CIRCA
JV+ 5 digits1982-1984
SQ + 5 digits1983-1984
E + 6 digits1984-1987
A + 6 digits1985-1986
B + 6 digits1985-1986
C + 6 digits1985-1986
F + 6 digits1986-1987
G + 6 digits1987-1988
H + 6 digits1988-1989
I + 6 digits1989-1990
J + 6 digits1989-1990
K + 6 digits1990-1991
L + 6 digits1991-1992
M + 6 digits1992-1993
N + 6 digits1993-1994
O + 6 digits1993-1994
P + 6 digits1993-1994
Q + 6 digits1993-1994
S + 6 digits1994-1995
T + 6 digits1994-1995
U + 6 digits1995-1996
N + 5 digits1995-1996
V + 6 digits1996-1997
Crafted in JapanA + 6 digits 1997-1998
Crafted in JapanO + 5 digits1997-2000
Crafted in JapanP + 5 digits1999-2002
Crafted in JapanQ + 5 digits2002-2004
Crafted in JapanR + 5 digits2004-2005

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Serial numberYear
JV+ 5 DIGITS1982-1984
SQ+ 5 DIGITS1983-1984
E + 6 DIGITS1984-1987
A + 6 DIGITS1985-1986
B + 6 DIGITS1985-1986
C + 6 DIGITS1985-1986
F + 6 DIGITS1986-1987
G + 6 DIGITS1987-1988
H + 6 DIGITS1988-1989
I + 6 DIGITS1989-1990
J + 6 DIGITS1989-1990
Serial numberYear
K + 6 DIGITS1990-1991
L + 6 DIGITS1991-1992
M + 6 DIGITS1992-1993
N + 6 DIGITS1993-1994
O + 6 DIGITS1993-1994
P + 6 DIGITS1993-1994
Q + 6 DIGITS1993-1994
S + 6 DIGITS1994-1995
T + 6 DIGITS1994-1995
U + 6 DIGITS1995-1996
V + 6 DIGITS1996-1997
 
Serial number
"Crafted in Japan"
Year
A + 6 DIGITS1997-1998
O + 5 DIGITS1997-2000
P + 5 DIGITS1999-2002
Q + 5 DIGITS2002-2004
R + 5 DIGITS2004-2005
          Serial number
       "Master Series"
       Year
7 & 8 Digits-1st Digit= Year1983-1985
 
 
 

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 ADDTIONAL FENDER USA AND MIJ SERIAL NUMBERs

In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.
The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes. The new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender". Hence during 1985 to 1987, production of Fender guitars was only done in Japan, while USA Fender created a new factory in California. The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix).

  N9 + 5 digits = 1990  
  N0 + 5 digits = 1990-1991  
  N1 + 5 or 6 digits = 1991-1992  
  N2 + 5 or 6 digits = 1992-1993  
  N3 + 5 or 6 digits = 1993-1994   
  N4 + 5 or 6 digits = 1994-1995 
  N5 + 5 or 6 digits = 1995-1996  
  N6 + 5 or 6 digits = 1996-1997  
  N7 + 5 or 6 digits = 1997-1998   
  N8 + 5 or 6 digits = 1998-1999  
  N9 + 5 or 6 digits = 1999-2000   
  DZ0 or Z0 + 5/6 digits = 2000   
  DZ1 or Z1 + 5/6 digits = 2001   
  DZ2 or Z2 + 5/6 digits = 2002  
  DZ3 or Z3 + 5/6 digits = 2003   
  DZ4 or Z4 + 5/6 digits = 2004   
  DZ5 or Z5 + 5/6 digits = 2005 

Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal
Note the lack of S, E, N series. These are reserved for U.S. made Fenders in their corresponding decade. BUT note that the "E" and "N" series does sometimes appear on "made in Japan" models. I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U.S. and Jap-made guitars. In any case, if it says "made in Japan", then it is...

  JV + 5 Digits = 1982 to 1984 
  SQ + 5 Digits = 1983 to 1984   
  E + 6 Digits = 1984 to 1987  
  A + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986  
  B + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986  
  C + 6 Digits = 1985 to 1986    
  F + 6 Digits = 1986 to 1987    
  G + 6 Digits = 1987 to 1988  
  H + 6 Digits = 1988 to 1989    
  I + 6 Digits = 1989 to 1990   
  J + 6 Digits = 1989 to 1990    
  K + 6 Digits = 1990 to 1991   
  L + 6 Digits = 1991 to 1992   
  M + 6 Digits = 1992 to 1993   
  N + 6 Digits = 1993 to 1994   
  O + 6 Digits = 1994 to 1995   
  P + 6 Digits = 1995 to 1996 

Other Fender Serial Number Schemes.
Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Not all schemes are covered here! Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.

  V + 4 to 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series) = 1982-1988 (neck date=exact year)
  V + 5 to 6 digits (U.S. Vintage Series) = 1989-present (model dependant)  
  AMXN + 6 DIGITS = California Series electric guitars and basses, '97 and '98  
  DN + 6 DIGITS = American Deluxe series instruments, '98 and '99  
  NC(XXXXXX) = Squier Strat Bullets (dating unclear)   
  FN(XXXXXX) = US made guitars and basses destined for the export market.               
  Some may have stayed in the U.S or found their way back(dating unclear) 
  I(XXXXXXX) = Limited number of these "I" series guitars were made in '89/'90.     
  They were made for the export market and have Made in USA stamped on neck heel.   
  LE(XXXXXX) = Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994.    
  Sold as a promotional 3 piece set with a Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp CN(XXXXXX) = Korean
  made Fender/Squier guitars (dating unclear)  
  VN(XXXXXX) = Korean made Fender/Squier guitars (dating unclear)  
  CA(XXXXX) = Gold Strat 1981, 82 and 83    
  CB(XXXXX) = Precision Bass Special from 1981, 
  CB(XXXXX) Gold Jazz Bass from 1982    
  CC(XXXXX) = Walnut Strat 1981-82-83    
  CE(XXXXX) = Precision Bass Special from 1981, Black and Gold Tele from 1981-82  
  CD(XXXXX) = Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982  
  CO(XXXXX) = Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982  
  GO(XXXXX) = Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982, Gold Strat 1982-83   
  D(XXXXXX) = Jazz Bass from 1982  
  SE8(XXXXX) = Signature Edition Strats (dating unclear, check neck date) 
  SE9(XXXXX) = Signature Edition Strats (dating unclear, check neck date)  
  SN0(XXXXX) = Signature Edition Strats 1990 
  SN1(XXXXX) = Signature Edition Strats 1990 
  SN2(XXXXX) = Signature Edition Strats 1992  
  SN3(XXXXX) = Signature Edition Strats 1993    
  3 digits of 500 = 35th Anniversary Strat from 1989-1990  
  G(XXXXXX) = "STRAT" from about 1980, (Gold hardware, 2 pos. rotary tone switch)  
  4 digits stamped on bridge plate = 1952 reissue Telecaster 1982-1988     
  (Check neck date for exact year)   
  5 digits stamped on bridge plate = 1952 reissue Telecaster 1988-present (Check neck date 
  for exact year)  

 

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