Mim tele dating
The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument would be to remove the neck and check the butt end of the heel of the neck for a production date, which may be stamped or written there.(If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area).The serial numbers do not immediately reflect the change, as CBS continued to make instruments using existing, tooling, parts, and serial number schemes.The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.You will notice that there is quite a bit of overlap of both numbers and years.The following charts detail the most common Fender serial number schemes used from 1976 to the present.Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year.So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.
They have been placed at the top of the neck plate, on the front of the headstock, on the back of the headstock, and on the back of the neck near where the neck bolts onto the body.
As a result, you will see some 1990 guitars bearing N9 serial numbers. Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). The following serial numbers are somewhat outside the more, well known Fender serial number schemes.
If you have what you consider to be a somewhat "odd" serial number, please check the following chart to see if you find your serial number configuration here.
But I've also found a Fender Korean Telecaster at about the same price but I've never heard of Fender Korean Teles before. Are Koreans more precise than Mexicans or it just depends from piece to piece?
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.