Dating fender japanese
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.The numbers and decals are produced far in advance. The following serial numbers stay somewhat outside the well-known Fender numbering.Due to a mistake at the factory in 1990 N9 decals (which were intended for use in 1999) applied to a several instruments that were built in that year. If you have doubts about an odd serial number check the chart below, maybe you can find the number composition here.If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.
In Japan, Fender was also losing sales to Japanese guitar brands such as Tōkai, Greco and Fernandes.
The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.
Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.
But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.