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.

Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.

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.

(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.

Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.

In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.

The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes.

2,968,204 for the single coil pickup patent awarded in 1961 under other for Jaguar, Stratocaster, Duosonic.

3,143,028 the patent granted in August 1964 for Fender's adjustable neck construction. (Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass) The DES is the serial number. The serial number for these three models can be found at the bridge plate and is used until about early 1954. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate.

Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.