Dating a japanese stratocaster
The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.
Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.
Most specifications for the Fender guitars are hardly changed.
Although there have been periods in which major changes occurred as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fender to the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models are in general not changed.
At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.
On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles. PAT, 2,573,254 2,968,204 3,143,028 2,976,704 2,573,254 for pickup and bridge combination.
The numbers and decals are produced far in advance. The following serial numbers stay somewhat outside the well-known Fender numbering.
(For example, if "Mitsubishi" = "three diamonds" then "Mitsuboshi" will have a logo with three diamonds.) Contrast Shoddy Knockoff Product (actually trying to rip people off with names similar to brand names) and Product Placement (when the real product name is used extensively due to an endorsement deal with the company in question). (Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date. "NO RESERVE" GRETSCH 1960'S HARDSHELL CASE "NO RESERVE" THIS GRETSCH HARDSHELL CASE IS FROM THE 1960'S. BUYER PAYS SHIPPING, CHECKS MUST WAIT 10 DAYS BEFORE SHIPPING. FIT'S A 16" BOTTOM BOUT GUITAR WITH A 3" THICKNESS AND A 41&1/2" LENGTH WITH NO PROBLEM. THIS 1960'S GRETSCH HARDSHELL CASE IS IN NICE SHAPE!