It's kind of like trading in a car. Example: A serial number of 4-3001 would indicate the 1st guitar made in April of 1973. First half of 1959: No markings for a period after a customer complained about an obscenity written on the neck butt. Still has the wrong pots on it though. You should be able to check the serial number with Fender though.
Except for the buns on the headstock and missing decal it appears to have not been played. I've been playing it all afternoon and it was in tune when I pulled it out of the case and it's still in tune now. One letter six digits The letter indicates the factory code and the first and second digit are the last two digits of the year. And I'm wondering since you aren't sure. Obviously, the numbers on the neck only date it and the body could be who knows what. This only pertains the pre-Fender Korean-made guitars. The next digit is the last digit of the year 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, 1, 2 for 1966 - 1972.
Bullet Series plywood , followed by 2-digit year. Here the range of the L-series serial used each year. I will post better picks when I get it. Half the battle of finding a great deal or pre-empting conflict is accurately dating the guitar in question. What is the approximate eBay value of this guitar? There is some dispute as to whether the very early Korean bodies and necks were actually surplus stock from Japan. I haven't played it in years so this past weekend I decided to put strings on it and set it up. Just that it had been there forever.
As such, there are a lot of vintage specimens hidden under beds, lurking in closets or parading in plain sight on shop walls and Reverb listings. If you have what you consider an odd serial number, it might appear here. Fender eventually corrected this when they took over in 2002, but there remains a batch of made-in-Korea Gretsch guitars from 1999 - 2002 that have no serial number. That's a finish known as Metallic Blue, which was offered first in 2004, and has been produced for many years since. Where to find the serial number Locate the serial number on the back of the guitar head. The guide for that is much simpler: be nice, ask questions, offer whiskey. Unlike the pre-Fender codes, specific models are no longer designated within the serial number.
What model is it and do you have a photo? Anyway I will scan and post on my website when I get a chance. The owner said it was a Made in China Fender which I told him there is no such thing. Be carefull and check out what you intend to buy very well. I just bought on a leap of faith and hope. Serial numbers The stamped serial number can consist of a series of numbers, or letter s and numbers. The pots don't crackle, the jack is still fine, so is the switch. He would certainly know about the reliability of the decal serial numbers for dating these guitars.
Yours, judging by that photo alone, is in good shape. These labels in the bottom right corner say, 'Made in Taiwan'. Lol Sounds almost like a Stagemaster. Check out Wikipedia for the proper numbers under Strat or Squier. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E2 + 5 digits E3 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U.
Edited to add: What does it say below the Squier logo? Different models will sell for more or less. Trap tuners, small trem block and etc. Someone did scratch off somthing above the seral number which could of said squire. There are some exceptions as you can see in this information provided by Mike Gagliano. His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time.
I think I bought it in 1998 and the next two digits are 07 so I presume it was made in 1997. The first two digits are the year of manufacture. Beginning in about 1957 a new label was introduced, which lasted until about 1965. From there, things get a bit more complicated. Understanding Gretsch guitar serial numbers Gretsch used several different serial number schemes through the years. The last three digits most likely represent production number 188 for the 188th guitar made that month. Only about half the guitars still carry any intelligible information here.
Then there is the gold logo Squiers built in Korea. Keep in mind that the ranges below are best consensus approximations. Its a solid color, no metallic. A batch of nearly a thousand serial number labels were misplaced, only to be rediscovered - and used - in 1965. Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years. March 1962 to 1965: Dark blue or red ink stamps below the truss rod adjustment at the neck butt. Looking forward to checking out these forums.