Serial number dating
These serial numbers did not identify the country of origin in the body of the number.Instead, the instrument's country of origin appears on the decal on the back of the headstock, near the serial number.You will need the Adobe Reader program to open this file. THE HISTORY OF WINCHESTER HISTORIC SERIAL NUMBER RECORDS.
Consequently, some 1990 guitars bear 1999 “N9” serial numbers. American Deluxe Series instruments use the same dating convention, but with the addition of a “D” in front of the “Z”; i.e., DZ1, DZ2, etc.A few reasons cited are: There is probably some kernel of truth to all of them.But the fact remains; there is no original, single, totally accurate database of serial numbers from 1866 forward that we are aware of.Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.
The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, which may be stamped or written there (if you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself, please refer to an experienced professional guitar tech in your area). instruments with “V”-prefix serial numbers is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, which may be stamped or written there.