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Serial numbers are found in various places on a Fender instrument, including the headstock, neck plate, and butt end of the neck.
Fender Custom Shop guitars usually have a matching serial number on both the neck and body of the guitar.
Fender Custom Shop guitars usually also have an associated Cerificate of Authenticity that includes the guitar's serial number.
instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.
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 neck date simply refers to the date that the neck was produced.Production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.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.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.
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.