Dating a fender stratocaster by serial number
The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced.
Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year.
On the heel of the neck should be a penciled or stamped date with a month and year that it was assembled in.
Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.SERIAL NUMBERS are also helpful in determining an instrument’s production year.Therefore, while helpful in determining a of PRODUCTION DATES, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.