Squire tele fender dating
In other words I -know- my '96 is a '96 because I bought it brand new in '96 and the neck and body stamps verify this.
With an older or used instrument though, if it's not marked there's no way to be absolutely certain.
They follow the same serial numbering patterns as the Fender MIJ models.
Please refer to the chart I have provided below in order to pinpoint the exact year your guitar was manufactured...
The Squiers will typically go for less money because they're "Squiers" and not "Fenders" but other than that, there seems to be very little difference.
Your best bet for info is really just the guitar itself. I have an '85 MIJ Squier for example and the neck is stamped "ST-362" which tells me the neck is a '62 reissue. What's more is on mine there is a date hand written on the end of the neck heal...
There will be 5 numbers also engraved after the "JV" lettering.
Also there are Non-Squier, Fender Japan models from the same era too.
So it can be a bit confusing Hi, I'm trying to date a Squier and all references on the web say "refer to the Fender serial number dating service"looking at e.g. My serial number E673928 indicates 1984-87However nothing I can find specifically says Fender Squier - so am I right in assuming that this list applies to Squiers (as opposed to regular Fenders - if in fact that is such a thing as a non-Squier Fender made in Japan?
You will find the MADE IN JAPAN stamp on the heel of every guitar's neck, without variation.
On Stratocasters and bass guitars, you will find the serial number just below this stamp, also on the heel of the neck.
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This tells me this particular neck was made September 13th, 1985.