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.These two basses and the other instruments listed below that were supplied by this factory continued to use “Made in Japan T 6 digits” designation through 2011: Pawn Shop Fender ‘51 Pawn Shop Fender ‘72 Pawn Shop Mustang Special ‘70s Precision Bass Jaguar Bass In 2012, Fender has transitioned the numbering scheme again with the new serial number starting with “JD” followed by an eight-digit number with “Made in Japan” decals.If your serial number starts with “JD” followed by an eight-digit number, the first two digits designates the year of manufacture.Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.
Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.
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.
The numbers and decals are produced far in advance. The following serial numbers stay somewhat outside the well-known Fender numbering.
Due to a mistake at the factory in 1990 N9 decals (which were intended for use in 1999) applied to a several instruments that were built in that year. If you have doubts about an odd serial number check the chart below, maybe you can find the number composition here.