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It is important to remember that Fender serial numbers are NOT conclusively chronological. Back in the day, Fender made their serial number plates in big batches and the assembler simply grabbed a decal or more from the crate and slapped it on the guitar. To get as close as possible to determining the age of your Fender, make sure to check all dates on both body, neck and pots.The locations of the serial numbers and dates change from model to model and in some cases they have simply been omitted.
) should have matching serial numbers on both the neck head-stock and on the Fender white label within the body cavity routed area for the neck & attachment bolts.
I believe that by reading various Telecaster resources, the "421882" numbers are from backwards first: 2=Tuesday, 8=1978, 18=18th Week, not sure about the first "42" numbers. But, the four digits "1882" together do indicate" 18th Week, 8= 1978 year, 2-Tuesday!!! Apparently, after 1977 Fender used head stock decals for each Telecaster Serial Numbers, but still stamped the actual production date on the Neck Butt.
Fender also put the matching head-stock decal serial number on an white sticky label within the body cavity's routed neck hole, as a way to ensure that the neck & body were original together.
For example * "KC97" = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1997. KC and KV serial number prefixes are usually used on Crafted in Korea Squiers.
S/E: The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers are from the late 1980s/early 1990s. There were also Korean Squier serials with no serial number prefix and 6 or 7 numbers and the first number is the year.
Also, labeling techniques have changed with Fender owners, slightly adding to the confusion. S.-made Fender guitars and basses from 1950 until today, since they are some of the predominant vintage guitars for sale on Vintageand
Typically the serial number is penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.Classic Vibe Back in 1982, the very first Squier by Fender guitars and basses came ringing out of Asia.Known for their excellent vintage-quality look, feel, sound, and construction, those early Squier instruments and their Fender-branded counterparts are now highly sought-after collector's items revered by guitar enthusiasts as models of "getting it right" while aiming at value-conscious players.Korean Squiers CN/VN: C = Cor-Tek (Cort), V = Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars), N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.For example * "CN5" = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1995. KC/KV: KC (Korean Cor-Tek (Cort)) and KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.Determining the date can also be important from a collector’s perspective, since the pre-1966 vintage Fender guitars are generally considered the most valuable.