The early series are the most popular for collectors.

Fender serial numbers were assigned like this: bin with serialized plates/bridges. The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years.

Fender Serial Numbers, 1950 to Present (Identifying the Year).

Most of the “Made in Japan” and the “Crafted in Japan” guitars us a 6 digit number (But not all and excluding the A prefix! A 6 DIGITS 1985-1987, 1997-1998 (Made in Japan) and (Crafted in Japan) This was one of the most confusing serial uber used by Japan.

They placed the "A" on the bridge on the Telecasters and some of them could be as late as 1996 (as in the case with many JD Teles.

Maybe the transitional guitars from MIJ to the CIJ??

) JV 5 digits 1982-1984SQ 5 digits 1983-1984E 6 digits 1984-1987A 6 digits 1985-1986B 6 digits 1985-1986C 6 digits 1985-1986F 6 digits 1986-1987 G 6 digits 1987-1988H 6 digits 1988-1989 I 6 digits 1989-1990J 6 digits 1989-1990 K 6 digits 1990-1991 L 6 digits 1991-1992M 6 digits 1992-1993N 6 digits 1993-1994O 6 digits 1993-1994P 6 digits 1993-1994Q 6 digits 1993-1994S 6 digits 1994-1995 T 6 digits 1994-1995U 6 digits 1995-1996N 5 digits 1995-1996V 6 digits 1996-1997In 1997, Fender transitioned to a serial number decal that included the words “Crafted in Japan” above the serial number.This system of serial numbers is unique to these three models until about the early summer of 1954 (when Fender switched to a universal neck plate serial number system for all models): Telecaster, Numbers On Bridge Plate 0001 to 0999 = 1950 to 1952 1000 to 5300 = 1952 to 1954Precision Basses 1951 to 1955 (number on bridgeplate). This system of serial numbers is unique to this model until about 1955 (even though Fender went to a universal neckplate serial number system on all instruments in 1954, some old style Precision Bass serialized bridges were still left over and used until 1955.)Pbass, Numbers on Bridge Plate 100 to 400 = 1951 to 1952 0001 to 0999 = 1952 to 1954 1000 to 2000 = 1953 to 1955 All Models, summer 1954 to mid 1976Serial number on neckplate.In 1957/1958 some serial numbers started with a minus sign ("-"), or had a "0" prefix before the number.L00001 to L20000 = 1963 L20000 to L55000 = 1964 L55000 to L99999 = 1965F-Series (late 1965 to mid-1976)Big script "F" on neckplate below serial number. made Fenders, starting in mid-1976 has the serial number on the peghead.Known as the CBS era.100000 to 110000 = late 1965 110000 to 200000 = 1966 180000 to 210000 = 1967 210000 to 250000 = 1968 250000 to 280000 = 1969 280000 to 300000 = 1970 300000 to 330000 = 1971 330000 to 370000 = 1972 370000 to 520000 = 1973 500000 to 580000 = 1974 580000 to 690000 = 1975 690000 to 750000 = 1976Serial Number on Fender Guitar Peghead Decal. Note the following number could be off as much as two years.Fender guitar and bass Serial numbers compiled from many sources including websites,databases, Gruhn, and Duchossoir.