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We also have some other blog posts related to Fender that can hopefully be of some help.
There's A Brief History of the Stratocaster Part I and Part II that follows the evolution of the most popular Fender guitar of all.
Here the range of the L-series serial used each year.
Some of the earliest ones actually popped up in late 1962 as well: After the CBS purchase of Fender in 1965, the factory switched to a new serial sequence with numbers that continued the same general format used prior to the takeover.
This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built.Perhaps the best place to start when dating your Fender is to get an approximate idea of the era based on the instrument's design and components.This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out.In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument (see image).Here are the rough serial number ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters: By mid-1954, Fender began using a universal serial number sequence for all its instruments.