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Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.
To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.
If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.
As a result of this mistake, you will be able to get a guitar with a serial number N9 that was built in 1990.
In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.
As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague.
In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties. Deluxe Series have the same standard but with the addition of a D for the Z, eg. Also here some overlap of numbers, prefixes and year.
CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.Hence during 1985 to 1987, production of Fender guitars was only done in Japan, while USA Fender created a new factory in California. BUT note that the "E" and "N" series does sometimes appear on "made in Japan" models. In any case, if it says "made in Japan", then it is... Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things.The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix). I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.