Dating fender jazz
Squier Classic Vibe series guitars/basses serial numbers start with CG.
Most notably, PRODUCTION DATES have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.
Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.
Therefore, while helpful in determining a of PRODUCTION DATES, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.
As seen in the overlap of numbers and years, even these references to actual PRODUCTION DATES are rather loose. The numbers and decals were produced far in advance, and some N9 decals (denoting 1999) were inadvertently affixed to some instruments in 1990.
Consequently, some 1990 guitars bear 1999 “N9” SERIAL NUMBERS. American Deluxe Series instruments use the same dating convention, but with the addition of a “D” in front of the “Z”; i.e., DZ1, DZ2, etc.
Some Chinese made Gretsch guitars also have a CY serial number.
While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.Stagemaster Deluxe (neck-thru maple necks with basswood wings), and the Double Fat Tele Deluxe (all solid mahogany with set necks), with serial numbers starting with KC for Korean Cort, followed by 2-digit year.There were also some KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)) serial numbers followed by 2-digit year.The S and E Squires seem to be from the late 1980's/early 1990's and don't seem to have a reliable serial number system for dating. The second character refers to the decade N = Nineties (1990's). Miscellaneous Chinese serials: CD, CT, CJ, NC: C = China, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. Squier serial numbers beginning with CA are made by Axl China. Indian Squiers: Some Squier II's were made in India around 1989-1990. ======= Gil _________________Where ever you go, there you are 1998 Ovation 1861 Standard Balladeer Natural Taka - 2005 Squier '51 Black Yume - 2006 Squier Strat Cherryburst Houbi - 2008 Fender VG Strat Blizzard Pearl - won here Fender Super Champ XD; Vox DA-5 According the large message from Giljanus: "The S and E Squires seem to be from the late 1980's/early 1990's and don't seem to have a reliable serial number system for dating." I am assuming the E is for E-Series?Some Squier II's were made in India around 1989-1990. Indonesian Squiers: IC = Made in Indonesia by Cort (solid agathis from 1998), followed by 2-digit year. Chinese & Taiwanese Squiers YN: Y = Yako (Taiwan), N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. CY: C = China, Y = Yako (Taiwan), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year. CY, COS, or COB serials are usually used on Crafted in China Squiers.