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.

  1. One of the most notable areas to find a SKU is the top of the neck plate.
  2.  The front or back of the head-stock is another common place to find your guitars SKU number
  3.  The back of the neck near the junction with the body
  4. Stamped on the back of 1950s vibrator cover plates for Stratocaster guitars
  5. 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 non-sequential serial numbering that can overlap two to four years (1950s up to mid-1980s) it is difficult to be  definitive.  If you're looking to find the year of your Fender guitar this is the chart for you.

American Fender Serial Numbers

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 five-digit 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.  

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