First let's take a look at where to find ID numbers on a Fender guitar.
This article is intended to help you date your Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Precision Bass guitars all the way back to the early 1950s.
Unfortunately, Fender decided not to simply write the date of manufacture on the guitar.
They decided that it would be easier to decipher the serial number code than just write the year on the guitar. Most manufactures don't actually write the production dates on the guitar in plain view.
Modern Fender production guitars, 1976 to the present, have their ID numbers on the front or back of the headstock near the Fender decal.
Unfortunately, the serial number placement is sporadic and many ID numbers over lap between years and models.
In many instances, there is no exact known date for a specific guitar. I want to help you understand how to tell the age of your Fender as well as any Fender you see.
Fender like Gibson has been producing guitars for many years.
Certain styles and colors have come and gone over the years, but there is no real obvious way to tell how old a Fender is other than the indentification number.
Most of the time this question can't be answered specifically.
The Fender numbers tell the story of the company over the years.
In order to tell how old your Fender is you will have to find the indentification number or neck number.
The serial number location has changed a few times of the years.