Squier guitar serial number dating
Again, a neck was stamped with either the new or the old date stamp, but not both.The model numbers change yet again (for example, “09”=Stratocaster). April 1973-1980: Fender dropped the old style date stamp after March 1973 and continued with the new 8-digit code.Finally, the first one or two digits of the code tells you which model you are holding; 22 being a Stratocaster.There are some exceptions as you can see in this information provided by Mike Gagliano.For example, let’s take a Stratocaster with the serial number 279515 and the code 22384109B.Starting with the letter B, this is the same neck width code Fender has been using since 1962.
No one likes it when you forget their birthday and neither does your Fender. For most of Fender’s production history they have applied serial numbers and production dates that can help you determine their production date (within a few years’ margin, at least).
Neck dating can be useful in finding the approximate age of your guitar.
Since the neck is only a component of the guitar, it could have been produced a number of years before the actual instrument was assembled, hence the date on the neck is not necessarily the production date of the whole guitar.
1980: Little glued labels with MM-DD-YY date stamps appear in the neck pocket, pickup cavity and/or back of the neck.
The neck stamps on Fenders from 1969 to 1971 can be most logically translated by reading from right to left.