For example, a 1990 made in India Squier II serial number would start with N0 plus 5 digits.
The serial number is printed on a sticker located on the back of the neck, close to where the neck attaches to the body.
Therefore, while helpful in determining a of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.
instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.
Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.
Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.
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MN - M = Mexico, N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.
The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers are from the late 1980s/early 1990s. M – The first number following the prefix is the year. Used in early 90's, featured the a high gloss maple neck with a slimmer 40mm body made from plywood.
Example: M1xxxxxx = 1991 No prefix – The first 2 numbers following the prefix is the year. The plant from which the COB serial number prefix models originate remains a mystery.
The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.
The charts below detail the most common Fender serial number schemes from 1976 to the present.
Because the number was placed on a sticker it is fairly common for the serial number to be missing.