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The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.
At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the head or on the cover plate of the vibrato.The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.Most specifications for the Fender guitars are hardly changed.
Although there have been periods in which major changes occurred as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fender to the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models are in general not changed.Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.