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 serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.
Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is certainly not definitive.
The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced.
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.
As a result of this mistake, you will be able to get a guitar with a serial number N9 that was built in 1990.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.