# Guitar dating database

Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.

Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues.

Z3 5 or 6 digits Z4 5 or 6 digits DZ4 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) XN4 4 digits Z4 5 or 6 digits Z5 5 or 6 digits DZ5 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) XN5 4 digits Z5 5 or 6 digits Z6 5 or 6 digits DZ6 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate)XN6 4 digits Z6 5 or 6 digits Z7 5 or 6 digits DZ7 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate)XN7 4 digits Z7 5 or 6 digits Z8 5 or 6 digits DZ8 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) XN8 4 digits Z8 5 or 6 digits Z9 5 or 6 digits DZ9 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) XN9 4 digits A new serial numbering scheme was adopted toward the end of 2009 using the number “10” as a prefix, followed by a space, followed by seven digits.

The “10” prefix was designed to identify the first year of the second decade of the new millennium, and while it appears on the instrument decals, it was not captured in Fender’s operating system.

Therefore, while helpful in determining a of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.

Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.

Serial numbers with an “S” prefix denote the 1970s (signifying a CBS attempt to use serial numbers to identify production years); an “E” prefix was introduced in 1979 to denote the 1980s. Vintage Series instruments and “V”-prefix serial numbers. “N”-prefix serial numbers denoting the 1990s were introduced in 1990.