The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.
Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.
Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.
At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.
On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles. PAT, 2,573,254 2,968,204 3,143,028 2,976,704 2,573,254 for pickup and bridge combination.
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.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.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.