Dating fender telecaster serial
The Korean Fender Squiers were produced from 1988, but there were no serial numbers until mid-1993 documented.Other low-budget countries followed, like China, Indonesia and India.I know the Strats switched to having the serial number on metal neck plate after those first few months of production in 1954; I would have to assume that Teles also switched about the same time.I had a 2004; it did have a "certificate" with the serial number as well, which is a good thing since the guitar also came with an additional 6-saddle vintage bridge (in the case, not installed) that did not have a serial number on it.The Series 24 guitars were released by Fender in January 2002 in honor of Squier's 20-year anniversary. "Made in Korea" and "Crafted in Korea" CN - C = Cor-Tek (Cort) N = Nineties (1990s), 6 digits. "Crafted in Indonesia" IC - I = Indonesia C = Cor-Tek (Cort), 8 or 9-cijfers.ICS I = Indonesia C = Cor-Tek (Cort) S = Special Run, 8 or 7 digits. I am recording all my serial numbers but I cannot find one on this tele.
The models from the 24 series were built between 20. "Made in Korea" VN - V = Saehan(Sunghan) N = Nineties (1990s), 6 or 7 digits. E-letter serial numbers were used on Young Chang's Fenix brand guitars. Used in the early 90s, characterized by the high-gloss maple neck and plywood slim 40 mm body.
In 1987 Fender opened the plant in Ensenada, Mexico where built amps and combos. YN - Y = Yako (Taiwan) N = Nineties (1990s), 6 digits.
The production of Squier guitars started here in 1991. "Crafted in China" CY - C = China Y = Yako (Taiwan), 8 ditgits. Silver logos were used for models built in the late 80s and for the Fender Squier Series strats, built in 19. Squiers with a gold-colored logo have an alder body or ash wood if itis from the Pro Tone series.
Of course, a serial usually tells nothing about the series (Standard, Bullet, Affinity, Pack...) or legit/original features - especially when Far East serials are not in the Fender database.
From 1982 Fender Squiers are also produced outside the USA, in that year the production startedin Japan.
The neck date is penciled on the heal end of the neck on the 52's but you have to loosen the neck screws to see it.