Dating squier stratocaster
You will notice that there is quite a bit of overlap of both numbers and years.
The following charts detail the most common Fender serial number schemes used from 1976 to the present.
Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model.
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..
Please note the introduction of the "S" prefix serial numbers.
The "S", stood for decade of the 1970s, and began CBS' attempt to use serial numbers to identify the year of production for the piece.
Some more recent Squiers, including the Vintage Modified series (serial numbers starting with SH), were introduced in 2007.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
(If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area).
Example: ICS10xxxxxx = 2010 IS – The first 2 numbers following the prefix is the year. Example: SI08xxxxxxx = 2008 Some Squier IIs were made in India around 1989-1990. Made in India Squier IIs seem to follow the made in USA serial numbering scheme.
For example, a 1990 made in India Squier II serial number would start with N0 plus 5 digits.
For example: - V = Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars), N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the prefix is the year.
6 or 7-digit number Examples: VN7xxxxxx = 1997 made by Saehan/Sunghan.
MN - M = Mexico, N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.