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. It's really mind-boggling the number of different kinds of Strats you'll come across. N6+5 or 6 digits corresponds to 1996-1997. A mess is created and mix ups happen. Whoever assembled this one knew what they were doing.
N + 5 digits corresponds to 1995-1996. It follows that potential scammers can use this knowledge to try to trick unsuspecting buyers. Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag, Polishing Cloth U. I will actually read the feedback the seller has received. The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument would be to remove the neck and check the butt end of the heel of the neck for a production date, which may be stamped or written there. And now our 3rd major category. Re: Decoding E4 Strat Plus Serial Numbers A little help please, you Fender heads! The serial number is N6116806 It has the oval 50th ann.
Look on the headstock of the guitar to find the serial number for a Fender Stratocaster. Post some full pictures of the neck and close ups of what does look right to you and explain what does look right too, in detail. I hope this helps relieve some of the confusion about all of the different Strats, or even more hopefully it doesn't add to it! Actually, N9 serial numbers on the front of the headstock are very likely to be early 90s 1990-1991 because they had a period where they made a mistake in the serial numbering system and put N9 decals on, when they should have been N0. Look at his feedback from buyers. Although I certainly haven't tried all of these, I have read extensive reviews and comments on them so I will attempt to discuss each one to the best of my knowledge.
If the ad does not mention what model or year even the guitar is you need to ask specific questions and if you don't get an answer you should be very careful. If a private sale, kick the guys a-s-s. It's just that you can easily find a very nice one cheaper, if that's your goal. In 2008 they underwent some further changes and went back to the 'American Standard' moniker. Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.
If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area or bring it to Superior Music. I've owned this pickup set and they are indeed sweet! This seems to be a very popular guitar lately. C+6 digits corresponds to the Collector's Series. Use the new and used pricing I've listed above as a guide but it never hurts to do your own research. The back and front of the headstock are both in superb condition.
For the sake of simplicity, I'm just going to talk about the most common recent production Stratocasters. Humbuckers give what's called a 'fatter' sound than a single-coil. It has the slightly beefier vintage 'C' shape neck profile. E2+5 digits corresponds to 1982-1983. If a Music Shop, take it back. And they can be a huge bargain in the used marketplace as they have tended to appeal to more of a niche in the overall market.
So a serial number beginning with 'N3' will be a 1993 model and a serial number of 'Z3' will be a 2003 model. But I believe I've learned enough during my own experiences to be of some assistance and guidance to those just starting out in this endeavor. If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area or bring it to Superior Music. A picture would clear this up as the headstock shapes are different. These will have 'Made in Mexico' and a serial number right on the front of the headstock except for certain vintage re-issue and deluxe models. I am certainly not an expert on the subject.
It's probably a fairly subjective observation, but it seems to be the general consensus. Here's a couple good websites to check serial numbers and descriptions for all different sorts of model year Stratocasters. They are not any rarer than any other year's model either, although some seller's claim so. If you have any questions or request about items, please feel free to ask us. This model comes with a 'U' shape neck profile. Note that there is a serious amount of overlap on many serial numbers.
Some may have stayed in the U. If your Telecaster serial number looks like this one, it is probably a 2010 or 2011 American Standard Telecaster. For example, I've got an American Standard with a serial number starting with 'N5' which is actually a 1996 model. I just wanna say that guitar is convenient to play. If you are not convinced that they even know you can compare the Ebay seller's pictures to a known model of the same year.