I often get asked, how old is my Fender guitar? The Fender numbers tell the story of the company over the years. Unfortunately, the serial number placement is sporadic and many ID numbers over lap between years and models. In many instances, there is no exact known date for a specific guitar. That is why I decided to write this article.
How can I find out when my acoustic instrument was manufactured?
Fender Product Registration Serial Search
Dating a guitar by Serial Number is easy, as long as you know which serial numbers match which years for each guitar model. Comment below your time! Finding your serial number on your Fender should be very easy. They are almost always on either the top of the neck plate the piece of metal on the back of the guitar near the neck , on the headstock the top part of the guitar where the strings attach , or close to the body at the bottom of the neck.
So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. You're not alone. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb , and finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument. The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency.
Unfortunately, our records are not complete enough to provide precise dating information for many Fender acoustic guitars from the early s through the s and s. Although the tables below are as accurate as possible, serial numbers of these acoustic guitars have never been archived and are of no assistance when attempting to date these instruments. The information contained in this guide was culled from our archives of Fender price lists and catalogs, beginning with Unknown information is indicated with a question mark. This guide can help you determine the approximate age of your instrument, what the price range was during its years of production or what it sold for in the last year it was available, and what woods were used in its construction.