Dating fender stratocaster mim pc clock not updating vista

16-Jan-2018 17:19

I've looked at a number of sites, but I can't find a year of manufacture for a Fender Stratocaster made in Mexico with a serial number that begins with MZ.

(I presume this isn't MN and the N is on it's side??

The bridge plate or neckplate were applied to a guitar with no thought to keeping any kind of number sequence.

Fender serial numbers were assigned like this: As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. The only truly definitive way to date a pre-CBS fender is to look at all the dates on the instrument (body date, neck date, pot dates).

Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items.

He never invisioned a need to pinpoint the manufacturing date of any of his guitars.

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Having the original box/case/paperwork helps, but here, we’ll figure out exactly what variation of Strat you have by using the process of elimination.It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.