Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.
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.
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.
Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.
3,143,028 the patent granted in August 1964 for Fender's adjustable neck construction. (Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass) The DES is the serial number. The serial number for these three models can be found at the bridge plate and is used until about early 1954. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate.
Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. Although Fender had already switched in 1954 serialized for all models on the neck plate, is the serial number at some Precison's still affixed to the bridge plate.
In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties.
The numbers and decals are produced far in advance.
Whether it is an original model or a vintage (also the old logos are used again) depends on your own estimation of the age of the guitar. The original logo, also called "spaghetti logo", the transition logo and the CBS era logo.
The spaghetti logo was used in the 1950s and is so named for its thin silver-colored letter with a thin black line.
At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.