Dating a fender stratocaster guitar
In November 2003, Fender announced that 100 guitars would be made, priced at ,000 each, all made by John Cruz.The guitar debuted at the winter NAMM show January 15-18, 2004. I'm a 37 year old bedroom plank spanker (ooer misses etc) from the UK. I own quite a few guitars (9 I think), but on inparticular is a favourite of mine: An old Korean Squier Strat that I picked up around 1992. By '85/'86 the headstocks on the Fender copies are not exact replicas of a Fender headstock.Seem to have more of an angle to them - close but not exact, this change may have accurred as early as 1982 in the US.(lots of knocks and dinks, picked it up for next to nothing, seems quite rare to me) Fender Strat Sunburst (2007 - Mexican) - good guitar Fender USA Strat 1957-2007 Special Edition (awesome, 3 position pickup selector! Korean Squiers: C refers to Cort, V refers to Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars). The second character refers to the decade: N represents Nineties (1990's). So, for example "CN6" = made by Cort in 1996 and "VN6" = made by Saehan(Sunghan) in 1996. I have a guitar synth system, so I plan to fit the synth pickup to this.
Epiphone Les Paul Special Edition (bright green, Korean): 9 out 10 AWESOME! I found this info put up by "Leadowner" on (after having a nasty experience from typing "Korean dating" into a search engine). However, Fender now has product lines in all types of musical instruments and accessories, including acoustic guitars.Fender has one of the most organized and easy to find dating systems for their acoustic guitars.I was wondering, is there any way to date these guitars from the serial number? I'm just curious (it's NOT going on Fleece Bay, it's just about my fave guitar - the guitar I keep coming back to, despite it being rather beaten up after all these years!