Dating a fender stratocaster body

17-Jul-2016 13:09

This will tell you if the neck was indeed made in Fender's storied Mexico plant.

It might look something like this: Now, identifying those marks as legit Fender maaayyyy be a chore, as Fender has changed it's stamping processes over the years.

bridge in terms of intonation and string height adjustments.

The System I tremolo system uses a behind the nut string locking mechanism and was manufactured by Gotoh.

and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, a neck may have been produced in one year, placed in a 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, cannot be a definitive reference.This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series). I really don’t know, but the MIJ logo Fenders were for the USA market.

and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.

Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, a neck may have been produced in one year, placed in a 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, cannot be a definitive reference.

This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.

Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series). I really don’t know, but the MIJ logo Fenders were for the USA market.

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.