Dating fender stratocaster neck
Actually, this is such a common question, Fender has a specific Web page.
At the bottom of the page, they even list a number of available books that may help you date your guitar.
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All Fender JV models had the serial numbers engraved into either the neck plate or bridge.
The only way to determine actual date of the guitar dating before CBS is to look at the dates on each part of the instrument (body, neck, pot dates).
Serial numbers from this period can only date the instruments by several years precision, so it's hard to appraise one just by looking at it personally or in photo books.
In years 1957-1958 serial numbers where starting by a "-" sign, or "0" before the number.
These models have the serial numbering and markings in the same location as Fender JV guitars, and were made only during the years 1983 to 1984. acronym for "MADE IN JAPAN" These models spanned the years from 1984 to 1997.
You will find the MADE IN JAPAN stamp on the heel of every guitar's neck, without variation.