Finally, the first one or two digits of the code tells you which model you are holding; 22 being a Stratocaster. The only way to try to narrow the date range of your instrument is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date as mentioned above. Many people think that the date on the heel of their Fender neck is the production date of the guitar. It includes most of the Fender serial numbers issued along with the corresponding dates and a short history of Fender Guitars through the years. Not a VintageandRare member? A lot of changes happened to the company as well as the guitars themselves under the new ownership. First half of
Serial number identification and decoding
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How to Date your Fender (By Serial Number) in 60 seconds
Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverband finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument. So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. Each prefix is unique to that model guitar.