Dating a fender guitar serial number


23-Jan-2020 18:26

The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix). I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.

Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series.

The final letter is an internal code (could be E, F, I, or S.) Made in Taiwan, 1984-2002: Letter-letter-#####, like so: PH07123. The four numbers that follow are the unit number; (00)11.

The first two numbers (07 in this example) are the day; 7th. Made in Taiwan, 2002-: Letter-letter-letter-######, like so: QJM120013. The first two letters are the year; QK=04 (see chart.) The third letter is the month; J=March.

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

YMMI (Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia), Made in Indonesia, 1990-1996: ########.