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The serial numbers in principle chronological, but as already mentioned, as a result of Fender's production, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.
Most specifications for the Fender guitars are hardly changed.
Although there have been periods in which major changes occurred as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fender to the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models are in general not changed.
Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. Although Fender had already switched in 1954 serialized for all models on the neck plate, is the serial number at some Precison's still affixed to the bridge plate.
The table below shows the Fender serial numbers as they were used from 1950 to 1964.
CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.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.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.
Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.