How do I read my Fender MIM serial number?

The serial number of the “Made in Mexico” Stratocasters, was located on the front of the headstock, is very simple and intuitive: it provides a suffix composed by the letter “M” and one indicating the decade (“N” for the 90s, “Z” from 2000 and “X” from 2010), followed by five or six numbers.

How do you tell the age of a Fender Telecaster?

In order to tell how old your Fender is you will have to find the identification number or neck number. The serial number location has changed a few times of the years. From 1950 to 1954 Fender guitar unique numbers were stamped in the bridge cavity cover plate.

Are US Fenders better than Mexican?

And finally, both Fenders come in a Synchronized Tremolo style but the American fenders have stainless steel saddles – not much of a difference as far as performance but again, a marked improvement over the Mexican Fender as far as quality in materials goes.

Why are Mexican Fenders better?

The Mexican Fender is made from a polyester finish, and the American ones are a polyurethane finish. The polyester finish has a harder finish and gives it a more polished and shiny look, than the polyurethane finish. The polyester finish is even used on their high-end Jackson guitar, but it doesn’t look as accurate.

How can you tell how old a guitar is?

For US instruments, the serial number will start with a letter. That letter indicates the decade. The second character will usually be a number. That number indicates the specific year.

Why do some Strats have 2 string trees?

The string tree is there to create more back-angle at the nut, because stratocaster heads are straight (unlike e.g. les pauls). Later on they made guitars with two string trees. Another one that pulled the D and G string down.

Where is the serial number located on a Fender Stratocaster?

Look on the headstock of the guitar to find the serial number for a Fender Stratocaster. It may be located on the front or the back. The serial number is typically a numeral preceded by one or two letters.

Where is the serial number on a Fender Mustang?

Made in Japan Fender Serials. Fender Japan serial numbers can usually be found on the back of the neck near the neck joint. Though examples also exist with the number on the headstock or the neck-plate in the case of certain early reissue models. Up until 1997, the serial was paired with the words “Made in Japan.”.

What are the different types of Fender Stratocaster?

The American Professional Stratocaster is the time-honored workhorse of seasoned pros and discerning hobbyists alike. Part of a series that debuted in 2008, it’s limited to four classic Fender instruments: the Strat, Tele, P-Bass and Jazz Bass.