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Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items.He never invisioned a need to pinpoint the manufacturing date of any of his guitars.

Generally speaking, a “S” prefix equals the 1970’s (In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors made up of the management of the corporation at the time.

0001 to 6000 = 1954 6000 to 9000 = 1955 9000 to 16000 = 1956 16000 to 25000 = 1957 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix) 25000 to 30000 = 1958 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix) 30000 to 40000 = 1959 40000 to 58000 = 1960 55000 to 72000 = 1961 72000 to 93000 = 1962 93000 to 99999 = 1963Called an “L Plate,” Fender neckplates started showing up with LXXXXX numbers sometime in 1963. It was an error by the company that produced the neckplate stamping for Fender.

Fender was using up their neckplates with numbers under 100,000.

Dating a Fender guitar with the serial number is a hit or miss propisition.

It helps narrow things down, but in most cases is an inexact science.

The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years.

In mid-1954 Fender changed the location of serial numbers to the neckplate. Because different companies did the stamping of the serial numbers on neckplates they vary in location and layout.In 1957/1958 some serial numbers started with a minus sign (“-“), or had a “0” prefix before the number.Also in 1959/1960 some serial numbers were at the bottom of the neck plate instead of the usual top.This time, probably in a corporate branding effort, a large Fender script “F” was added to the neckplate below the serial number.F Series guitars are generally considered CBS Fenders…The serial numbers do not reflect this change – Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes.