The first two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture, (, , etc.).
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.
The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.The charts below detail the most common Fender serial number schemes from 1976 to the present.Once again, there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.The information contained in this guide was culled from our archives of Fender price lists and catalogs, beginning with 1968.Unknown information is indicated with a question mark.