Dating a late 70s strat
Most guitars then had a number following the one-letter code that designated the specific year.
For instance, ID number S would be a guitar produced in In about Fender started making import guitars from Japan and around Fender started importing from Mexico.
This system dating stratocaster serial numbers is unique to these three models until about the early summer of when Fender switched to a universal neck plate ashland al dating number system for all models: Fender used Kluson tuners exclusively on all models.
Fender mass-produced the headstock decal without matching them with the annual production schedules of the guitars—meaning they made more decals for a given year than guitars. I am looking into my Strat that I recently bought for date codes. I'd like to post some pictures in the next few days and your comments would help. The number is The other half swapped the meaning of the last two digits. My neck plate number is I have other pictures but but I am running out of time here in the morning before I have to go to work.
There were a few years where excess headstock ID number decals were produced and held over to the next year, the some guitars are actually dated with a previous year decal. I noticed that I have a little hole by the truss rod mount. I see nothing there inconsistent with a mid s Strat neck. There was another site that I now can't find which swaps the Y and D codes at the end. Softwarejanitor asked for pictures of the front and back of the headstock. Robins , Aug 30, You neck put's it in a window of the three bolt neck to when they moved the serial numbers to the headstock.
The identification number sequences were no exception.
CBS came up with a new numbering system to take advantage of the fact that Leo did not use 6-digit ID numbers.