Dating fender japan bass
Dating a Fender guitar with the serial number is a hit or miss propisition.It helps narrow things down, but in most cases is an inexact science.Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items.He never invisioned a need to pinpoint the manufacturing date of any of his guitars.
Fender serial numbers were assigned like this: As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. The only truly definitive way to date a pre-CBS fender is to look at all the dates on the instrument (body date, neck date, pot dates).
The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years.
In mid-1954 Fender changed the location of serial numbers to the neckplate. Because different companies did the stamping of the serial numbers on neckplates they vary in location and layout.
In 1957/1958 some serial numbers started with a minus sign (“-“), or had a “0” prefix before the number.
Also in 1959/1960 some serial numbers were at the bottom of the neck plate instead of the usual top.
Double stamped serial number plates were also produced (number on both front and back of the neck plate) in late 1957 to early 1959.