Fender custom shop serial dating

Left: The "inked on" serial number on a 1955 Les Paul standard solidbody guitar. The 1964 to 1969 orange labels are identical, except for the added text "union made".F300000 = late 2009 used on LP Std'59/Std'60/Tribute models Continued around F310650~F311050 in spring 2012 on Tribute-Plus models Continued around F305000 in 2011Continued around F310000 in 2012Continued around F317000 in 2013Continued around F324000 in 2014Continued around F330000 in 2015---------------------------------Epiphone Japan Serial Numbers1998 - Current The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.Y = Year of manufacture MM = Month of manufacture PPP = Production number The serial number letters used by the Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories are: J = Terada T = Terada, F = Fuji-Gen No Letter = Fuji-Gen Example: J902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: T902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: F902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: 902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 1231987 - 1997For Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan semi acoustic models from 1987 to approximately 1997, the serial numbers are in a YCPPP format.

Pot codes may also point you to a general date range, but don't expect them to always be accurate. 1984 - 1987A 6 digits .........1985 - 1986B 6 digits .........1985 - 1986C 6 digits .........1985 - 1986F 6 digits ..........1986 - 1987G 6 digits .........1987 - 1988H 6 digits..........1988 - 1989I 6 digits............1989 - 1990J 6 digits 1989 - 1990K 6 digits 1990 - 1991L 6 digits 1991 - 1992M 6 digits 1992 - 1993N 6 Digits 1993 - 1994O 6 Digits 1994 - 1995 P 6 digits 1995 - 1996Q 6 digits 1993 - 1994S 6 digits 1994 - 1995T 6 digits 1994 - 1995U 6 digits 1995 - 1996N 5 digits 1995 - 1996V 6 digits 1996 - 1997Crafted in Japan Serials (usually back of neck)A 6 digits 1997 - 1998O 6 digits 1997 - 2000P 6 digits 1999 - 2002Q 6 digits 2002 - 2004R 6 digits 2004 - 2005S 6 digits 2006 - 2008T 6 digits 2007 - 2008Made in Mexico Serials (on headstock)MN0 5 or 6 digits 1990-1991MN1 5 or 6 digits 1991-1992MN2 5 or 6 digits 1992-1993MN3 5 or 6 digits 1993-1994MN4 5 or 6 digits 1994-1995MN5 5 or 6 digits 1995-1996MN6 5 or 6 digits 1996-1997MN7 5 or 6 digits 1997-1998MN8 5 or 6 digits 1998-1999MN9 5 or 6 digits 1999-2000MZ0 5 or 6 digits 2000-2001MZ1 5 or 6 digits 2001-2002MZ2 5 or 6 digits 2002-2003MZ3 5 or 6 digits 2003-2004MZ4 5 or 6 digits 2004-2005MZ5 5 or 6 digits 2005-2006MZ6 5 or 6 digits 2006-2007MZ7 5 or 6 digits 2007-2008MZ8 5 or 6 digits 2008-2009MZ9 5 or 6 digits 2009-2010"10" prefix followed by a space and eight digits Late 2009 through approximately March 2010MX10 6 digits 2010MX11 6 digits 2011MX12 6 digits 2012MX13 6 digits 2013MX14 6 digits 2014MX15 6 digits 2015-2016MX16 6 digits 2016-2017MX17 6 digits 2017-2018NOTES: Mexican Fender Signature Series used other prefixes, such as "MSN" 5 digits in the 1990s and "MS" in the 2000s.Note: US Vintage series starting in 1982 onward begins with a "V". LE(XXXXXX) Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994.You must remove neck to accurately date those.76 5 digits 1976S6 5 digits 1976S7 5 digits = 1977-1978S8 5 digits = 1977-1978S9 5 digits = 1978-1981E0 5 digits = 1979-1981E1 5 digits = 1980-1982E2 5 digits = 1982-1983E3 5 digits = 1982-1984E4 5 digits = 1984-1985, 1987-1988E8 5 digits = 1988-1989E9 5 digits = 1989-1990N9 5 digits = 1990N0 5 digits = 1990-1991N1 5 or 6 digits = 1991-1992N2 5 or 6 digits = 1992-1993N3 5 or 6 digits = 1993-1994N4 5 or 6 digits = 1994-1995N5 5 or 6 digits = 1995-1996N6 5 or 6 digits = 1996-1997N7 5 or 6 digits = 1997-1998N8 5 or 6 digits = 1998-1999N9 5 or 6 digits = 1999-2000(Note: "Z" may be replaced by "DZ" for US Deluxe Series)Z0 5 or 6 digits 2000 - 2001Z1 5 or 6 digits 2001 - 2002Z2 5 or 6 digits 2002 - 2003Z3 5 or 6 digits 2003 - 2004Z4 5 or 6 digits 2004 - 2005Z5 5 or 6 digits 2005 - 2006Z6 5 or 6 digits 2006 - 2007Z7 5 or 6 digits 2007 - 2008Z8 5 or 6 digits 2008 - 2009Z9 5 or 6 digits 2009 - 2010US10 6 digits ..... Promotional set with Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp NC(XXXXXX) Squier Strat Bullets (dating unclear)SE(XXXXXX) Signature Series SE8(XXXXX)='88, SE9(XXXXX)='89 SN(XXXXXX) Signature Series SN0(XXXXX)='90, SN1(XXXXX)='91, SN2(XXXXX)='92, etc.SZ(XXXXXX) Signature Series SZ0(XXXXX)='00, SZ1(XXXXX)='01, SZ2(XXXXX)='02, etc.T(XXXXXX) Tribute Series (check neck heel)V 4,5,6 digits Vintage Series (check neck heel)XN(XXXXX) FRS and Telecaster '52 (XN prefix may not appear on instrument) (XXX) OF 500 35TH Anniversary Strat from 1989-1990(XXXX) STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck date for exact year)(XXXXX) STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1988-present (Check neck date for exact year) G&L (Back to top of page) It seems there is no sure-fire way to get the year on a G&L.

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