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At the bottom of the page, they even list a number of available books that may help you date your guitar.Fender American Vintage Reissue Stratocasters have serial numbers that begin at V000001 in 1982 and are now approaching V200000 in 2008.Since the neck is only a component of the guitar, it could have been produced a number of years before the actual instrument was assembled, hence the date on the neck is not necessarily the production date of the whole guitar.

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Again, either stamp can occur on instruments from this era.

A example of this is “02033923” found on a Jazz Bass.

Each American Reissue Stratocaster that left the factory had one of these V serial numbers stamped into the neckplate.

As a general rule of thumb, serial numbers can be used to denote a year range for a particular guitar. As a broad generality V000001-V004000 denote a 1982 guitar, V004000-V010000 denote a 1983 guitar, and V010000-V016000 denotes a 1984 guitar.

A few popular books state that the serial numbers re-started with V0000001 when the new Corona, Ca factory opened. If you look at my fullerton inventory, you can see that this is just a broad generality.

From my experience, any serial number below V016000 denotes a guitar made at the fullerton plant (1982-1984).

First half of 1959: No markings for a period after a customer complained about an obscenity written on the neck butt. 1966: the model number (the number stamped on the neck before the month) change (for example, “13”=Stratocaster).

1969: A new type of neck stamp of six, seven or eight digits was used on some models. Example: “529129B” (more info on reading there in the “nack stamps” section below.) This new green stamp was used simultaneously with the earlier “XX MMM-YY W” format.

Typically the serial number is penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.

Neck dating can be useful in finding the approximate age of your guitar.

The only way to correctly date an AVRI is to correlate the serial number, neckdate, and the codes on the pots.

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