# Fender Guitars Serial Numbers

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Fender has had several serial number schemes over the years. On top of that, the schemes are different depending on where the instrument was made. Fender serial numbers are not strictly sequential. The only definitive way to date a Fender is to look at the dates on the neck, body, and pots.

**1950-1964**

For Esquires Broadcasters, and Telecasters, a unique numbering scheme was used until 1954, when Fender switched to a universal numbering system. The number is shown on the bridge plate.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

0001 to 0999 |
1951-1952 |

1000 to 5300 |
1952-1954 |

For Precision Basses, a different system was used until 1955, overlapping some with the universal system. These numbers also appeared on the bridge plate.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

100 to 400 |
1951-1952 |

0001 to 0999 |
1952-1954 |

1000 to 2000 |
1953-1955 |

In 1954, Fender adopted a universal serial number system. These serial numbers appear on the neck plate of the instrument. In 1957/1958 some serial numbers started with a minus sign (“-“), or had a “0” prefix before the number. Also in 1959/1960 some serial numbers were at the bottom of the neck plate instead of the usual top. Double stamped serial number plates were also produced (number on both front and back of the neck plate) in late 1957 to early 1959.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

Up to 10,000 |
1954-1956 |

10,000s |
1955-1956 |

10,000s-20,000s |
1957 |

20,000s-30,000s |
1958 |

30,000s-40,000s |
1959 |

40,000s-50,000s |
1960 |

50,000s-70,000s |
1961 |

60,000s-90,000s |
1962 |

80,000s-90,000s |
1963 |

90,000s-L10,000s |
1963 |

In late 1962 – late 1965, Fender produced instruments with an “L” prefix. These numbers were found on the neck plate.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

L00001-L20000 |
late 1962 to late 1963 |

L20000-L50000 |
1964 |

L55000-L99999 |
1965 |

In late 1965 the scheme changed yet again. The serial number was still located on the neck plate and a large script “F” could be found below the serial number.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

100000-110000 |
late 1965 |

180000-200000 |
1966 |

180000-210000 |
1967 |

210000-250000 |
1968 |

250000-280000 |
1969 |

280000-300000 |
1970 |

300000-330000 |
1971 |

330000-370000 |
1972 |

370000-520000 |
1973 |

500000-580000 |
1974 |

580000-690000 |
1975 |

690000-750000 |
1976 |

In mid-1976, Fender moved the location of the serial number to the headstock.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

7600000 |
1976-1977 |

800000s |
1979-1981 |

**1977-Present**

Finally, in mid-1977, Fender decided on a serial number scheme that carries on to today. The serial number can be found on the headstock. The decade can generally be determined by the serial number prefix. “S” means 1970’s, “E” means 1980’s, “N” means 1990’s, and “Z” means 2000. Note that Japanese Fenders can also carry the “N” and “E” prefixes, but their country of origin should be clearly marked on the headstock.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

1000000-8000000 |
1976-1981 |

S100000s-S600000s |
1979-1982 |

S700000s-S770000s |
1977 |

S740000s-S800000s |
1978 |

S810000s-S870000s |
1979 |

S880000s-S980000s |
1980 |

S950000s-S990000s |
1981 |

E000000s-E100000s |
1979-1982 |

E200000s |
1982 |

E300000s-E310000s |
1983 |

E320000s-E390000s |
1984-1985 |

E400000s |
1984, 1985, 1987 |

E800000s |
1988-1989 |

E900000s |
1989-1990 |

N900000s |
1990 |

N000000s |
1990-1991 |

N100000s |
1991 |

N200000s |
1992 |

N300000s |
1993 |

N400000s |
1994 |

N500000s |
1995 |

N600000s |
1996 |

N700000s |
1997 |

N800000s |
1998 |

N900000s |
1999 |

Since 1990, the serial numbers have generally been kept consistent. There is the decade prefix, followed by the last number in the year. For example, 2004 would be Z4; 1998 would be N8. The American Deluxe series adds a “D” before the year prefix, so the previous examples would come out as DZ4 and DN8, respectively.

The Fender American Vintage Series forgoes the year prefix altogether and just has “V” plus five or six digits.

Additionally, some instruments made in 1990 were (presumably by mistake) given N9XXXXX serial numbers.

**Mexican-Made Fenders**

The first Mexican Fenders were made in 1990. They follow the same number scheme as American-made Fenders, except that they are prefixed with an “M”.

**Japanese-Made Fenders**

The first Japanese Fenders were made in 1982. All Fenders made in Japan are marked on the headstock as “Made in Japan” or (since 1997) “Created in Japan”.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

JV + 5 digits |
1982-1984 |

SQ + 5 digits |
1983-1984 |

E + 6 digits |
1984-1987 |

A + 6 digits |
1985-1986 |

B + 6 digits |
1985-1986 |

C + 6 digits |
1985-1986 |

F + 6 digits |
1986-1987 |

G + 6 digits |
1987-1988 |

H + 6 digits |
1988-1989 |

I + 6 digits |
1989-1990 |

J + 6 digits |
1989-1990 |

K + 6 digits |
1990-1991 |

L + 6 digits |
1991-1992 |

M + 6 digits |
1992-1993 |

N + 6 digits |
1993-1994 |

O + 6 digits |
1993-1994 |

P + 6 digits |
1993-1994 |

Q + 6 digits |
1993-1994 |

S + 6 digits |
1994-1995 |

T + 6 digits |
1994-1995 |

U + 6 digits |
1995-1996 |

N + 5 digits |
1995-1996 |

V + 6 digits |
1996-1997 |

Sometime during 1997, all Japanese-made Fenders say “Crafted in Japan” on the headstock instead of “Made in Japan.” There is some overlap between serial numbers on these instruments, but the newer ones can be distinguished from the older ones based on the text.

Serial Numbers |
Years |

A + 6 digits |
1997-1998 |

O + 5 digits |
1997-2000 |

P + 5 digits |
1999-2002 |

Q + 5 digits |
2002-2004 |

R + 5 digits |
2004-2005 |

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