Squire bass serial number dating information
Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.
But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.
The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix). I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.
Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series.
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.
Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.
(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.
Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.
There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted.
Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.