The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.
There is quite a bit of overlap of both numbers and years.
A Z0 prefix dates to 2000, a Z1 prefix dates to 2001 etcetera.The American Deluxe Series use the same dating code but add a "D" in front of the "Z", i.e. The following serial numbers are somewhat outside the more, well known Fender serial number schemes.But due to the modular nature of Fender's production methods, and the fact that most serial numbers schemes are not sequential and usually overlap from between 2 to 4 years, (from the early days of Fender, through to the mid 1980s), dating by the serial number is not an exact science.The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.While there have been periods where dramatic changes have occurred, for example: the transition periods between Leo's Fender and the CBS years, as well as the transition between CBS' Fender and the current ownership, generally speaking, most models are feature specific and do not change from year to year..
Serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments through the years.The following charts detail the most common Fender serial number schemes used from 1976 to the present.Please note the introduction of the "S" prefix serial numbers.(If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area or bring it to Superior Music).The serial numbers do not immediately reflect the change, as CBS continued to make instruments using existing, tooling, parts, and serial number schemes.Neck dating is useful in determining the age of a guitar, but is not definite.