Product dating fender stratocaster guitars
Locate the model of guitar you have by looking inside the center circle of the acoustic guitar.
All Fender acoustic guitars have a label placed on the inside of the guitar that give the specifications of the guitar. Fender makes guitars in the United States, Mexico, Japan and China, knowing where your guitar was made will make it easier to find the production date.
The numbers were once again located on the back of the headstock and would have been printed in Gold, Black or White (depending on the color of the guitar).
As an example, serial number 68409 would break down as: 6: June 8: 1968 409: Unit number As an example, serial number 109837 would break down as: 10: November 9: 1969 837: Unit number Obviously, with the change of the decade, there is plenty of room for confusion in interpreting the numbers.
Use the charts here to easily cross-reference Jackson serial numbers with product dates and manufacturing facility locations.
In about 1969, Gretsch began to use another version of the Orange and Grey label on F-Hole instruments.
This third iteration of the label had “Fred Gretsch Mfg. and serial No., and it said “That Great Gretsch Sound” at the bottom. The 5-digit numbers on these labels always begin with 1 or 2 and are sequential, do not follow the “date-coded” convention, and precise dates cannot be determined using the serial numbers.
In January of 2003 the serial number scheme changed from the system previously used by Gretsch Guitars.
The first two digits identify the year of production and the second two digits identify the production month.