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The following six digits are the unit identifier, although it should be noted that these final six numbers are not sequential and do not provide any other identification information about the instrument. S.-made Fender instruments, with exceptions including the American Vintage series and certain special-run instruments.
“10” prefix followed by a space and seven digits (late 2009 through March 2010)US10 6 digits (beginning in about March 2010) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) If you’re unable to identify the approximate production year of your instrument using the above charts, several excellent books are available that contain invaluable and reliable information on the history of Fender instruments. They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information on determining the production years of various instruments and on Fender history in general.
The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.
“Z”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS denoting the new millennium appeared on U. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year.Many records have been lost during years and most of all were destroyed in a fire accident on late '90s in ESP Japan factory.