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Our serial number guide shows approximate date of manufacture.
For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise idea of the date of manufacture.
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.
Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. Although Fender had already switched in 1954 serialized for all models on the neck plate, is the serial number at some Precison's still affixed to the bridge plate.Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague.The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.
CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.