Dating fende guitars
The first two digits identify the year of production and the second two digits identify the production month.
The remaining numbers identify the sequential yearly factory unit number, and include all instruments, in all models, built in that factory, in that specific year.
My intent with this site is to educate those who are on the hunt for that last affordable vintage Fender Stratocaster.
Have a read through and hopefully you will pickup a few things to better assert yourself in the late 70's Stratocasters buyer's market. M = Model or Manufacturer O = Operator N = Neck configuration W = Week Y = Year D = Day Neck Stamps: MMNN*WWYD Example: 0900*3893 - Found on the very end of the neck heel, if at all, in green or dark red ink.
So, you can't afford that '54 Strat, or that '64, or even that '74 for that matter.
Some dealers simply go by the serial number, which you will discover can be far from accurate.
The only way to be clear, is to have an understanding of the feature sets of the instruments from the era.