Fender Guitar Serial Numbers
USA Fender Guitar Serial Numbers
If you are trying to date your modern or vintage Fender guitar you are in luck. We have what we feel is an accurate list of serial numbers dating back to 1950. Serial numbers can be a helpful way to help determine an instruments production year. When searching for the serial number of your instrument you will want to look for them in one of the below components.
 One of the most notable areas to find a SKU is the top of the neck plate.
 The front or back of the headstock is another common place to find your guitars SKU number
 The back of the neck near the junction with the body
 Stamped on the back of 1950s vibrator cover plates for Stratocaster guitars
 On the bridge plate on some Telecaster guitars.
Having the serial number isn't always a surefire way to determine the year. The brands modular production methods, as well as periods with nonsequential serial numbering that can overlap two to four years (1950s up to mid1980s) it is difficult to be definitive. If you're looking to find the year of your Fender guitar this is the chart for you. This can be used for both Fender Telecaster serial number lookup and Fender Stratocaster serial number dates.
American Fender Serial Number Lookup Chart
Serial Number 
Production Date 
Up to 6000 
1950 to 1954 
Up to 10,000 
1954 to 1956 
10,000s 
1955 to 1956 
10,000s to 20,000s 
1957 
20,000s to 30,000s 
1958 
30,000s to 40,000s 
1959 
40,000s to 50,000s 
1960 
50,000s to 70,000s 
1961 
60,000s to 90,000s 
1962 
80,000s to 90,000s 
1963 
90,000s up to L10,000s 
1963 
L10,000s up to L20,000s 
1963 
L20,000s up to L50,000s 
1964 
L50,000s up to L90,000s 
1965 
100,000s 
1965 
100,000s to 200,000s 
1966 to 1967 
200,000s 
1968 
200,000s to 300,000s 
1969 to 1970 
300,000s 
1971 to 1972 
300,000s to 500,000s 
1973 
400,000s to 500,000s 
1974 to 1975 
500,000s to 700,000s 
1976 
76 + 5 DIGITS 
1976 
S6 + 5 DIGITS 

S7 + 5 DIGITS 
1977 
S8 + 5 DIGITS 

S7 + 5 DIGITS 
1978 
S8 + 5 DIGITS 

S9 + 5 DIGITS 

S9 + 5 DIGITS 
1979 
E0 + 5 DIGITS 

S9 + 5 DIGITS 
1980 
E0 + 5 DIGITS 

E1 + 5 DIGITS 

S9 + 5 DIGITS 
1981 
E0 + 5 DIGITS 

E1 + 5 DIGITS 

EI + 5 DIGITS 
1982

E2 + 5 DIGITS 

E3 + 5 DIGITS 

V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

E2 + 5 DIGITS 
1983

E3 + 5 DIGITS 

V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

E3 + 5 DIGITS 
1984

E4 + 5 DIGITS 

V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

E3 + 5 DIGITS 
1985

E4 + 5 DIGITS 

V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 
1986 
E4 + 5 DIGITS 
1987



V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

E4 + 5 DIGITS 
1988

E8 + 5 DIGITS 

V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

E8 + 5 DIGITS 
1989

E9 + 5 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

E9 + 5 DIGITS 
1990

N9 + 5 DIGITS 

N0 + 5 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

N0 + 5 DIGITS 
1991 
N1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

N1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
1992 
N2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

N2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
1993 
N3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

N3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
1994 
N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
1995 
N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
1996 
N6 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

N6 + 6 or 6 DIGITS 
1997 
N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

AMXN + 6 DIGITS (CA Series) 
1997 or 1998 
N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
1998 
N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) 

DN + 6 DIGITS (American Deluxe Series) 
1998 or 1999 
N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
1999 
N9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

(U.S. Vintage Series, except '52 Tele) 

N9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2000 
Z0 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ0 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

Z0 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2001 
Z1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

Z1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2002 
Z2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

Z1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2003 
Z3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Deluxe Series) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

Z3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2004 
Z4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

XN4 + 4 Digits 

Z4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2005 
Z5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

XN5 + 4 Digits 

Z5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2006 
Z6 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ6 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

XN6 + 4 Digits 

Z6 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2007 
Z7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

XN7 + 4 Digits 

Z7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2008 
Z8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

XN8 + 4 Digits 

Z8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 
2009 
Z9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS 

DZ9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS (Am. Deluxe) 

V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (American Vintage Series except '52 Telecaster) 

XN9 + 4 Digits 

US10 + 6 DIGITS 
2010 
US11 + 6 DIGITS 
2011 
US12 + 6 DIGITS 
2012 
US13 + 6 DIGITS 
2013 
US14 + 6 DIGITS 
2014 
US15 + 6 DIGITS 
2015 
US16 + 6 DIGITS 
2016 
US17 + 6 digits V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a fivedigit number stamped into the bridge plate)  2017 
While Fender is a top brand to purchase, it is worth noting that those looking to buy and older model that is for sale should note that there have been periods of dramatic change. Some of these periods include the transition between Leo Fender years, the CBS years, and the transition period between CBS and the current ownership.
If you are search for Fender F35 serial number dates, Fender Bullet Serial Number dates, neck date info, or specific serial number schemes please check the Fender website to see if they have any possible resources you might be able to reference.
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