As a result of this mistake, you will be able to get a guitar with a serial number N9 that was built in 1990.

As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague.

In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties. Deluxe Series have the same standard but with the addition of a D for the Z, eg. Also here some overlap of numbers, prefixes and year.

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.

The table below shows the Fender serial numbers as they were used from 1950 to 1964.

Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.

To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.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.Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.