Dating your fender stratocaster

22 May

There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted.

Neck dating is useful in determining the age of a guitar, but is not definite.

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.

Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database.Some might go by the pot codes, but those could have been stock a year or more old by the time they were put into the newly finished guitar.Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".This new numbering scheme was short-lived and was replaced only a few months later by an improved scheme that identifies an instrument’s country of origin and year of manufacture in the body of the serial number.This new scheme uses the letters “MX” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in Mexico, followed by an eight-digit number.