Fender Japan usedall of the above lettering sequences for the serial numbering of their guitars and basses over the years, andknowing this first will help you determine the year of manufacture.

All Fender JV models had the serial numbers engraved into either the neck plate or bridge.

Many also have penciled neck dates () you can only see when the neck is removed from the body of the guitar. acronym for "Squier" These models were made by a different division of Fender and bear the Squier logo and not the Fender logo.

On Stratocasters and bass guitars, you will find the serial number just below this stamp, also on the heel of the neck.

On Telecasters and certain other models, you will find the serial number on the bridge.

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In 1959-1960 some serial numbers were at the bottom instead of the usual top.

By '85/'86 the headstocks on the Fender copies are not exact replicas of a Fender headstock.

Fender guitar produced before 1977 had a serial number on the bridgeplate or on the neckplate.