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 Post subject: Strat and Tele serial numbers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:03 pm 
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Hey guys

I'm being offered a Strat and/or Tele with serial numbers that I bear no resemblance to standard Fender identification.
The Strat S/N given to me is Z3214615
The Tele " " DZ6103181

Could someone please provide some info on that to make sure that I'm buying a genuine Fender.
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 Post subject: Re: Strat and Tele serial numbers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:45 am 
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Based on the Strat serial number that guitar was made in Mexico in 2003 / 2004
Not sure on the tele though.

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 Post subject: Re: Strat and Tele serial numbers
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Based on the Tele serial number it's an American Deluxe Series man in the Corina plant USA in 2006

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 Post subject: Re: Strat and Tele serial numbers
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Oskar555 wrote:
Based on the Tele serial number it's an American Deluxe Series man in the Corina plant USA in 2006

My Deluxe Tele serial number starts with a DZ.
The Strat Z number is also American made.

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Oskar555 wrote:
Based on the Strat serial number that guitar was made in Mexico in 2003 / 2004
Not sure on the tele though.

If it was made in Mexico the serial number would begin with an M

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 Post subject: Re: Strat and Tele serial numbers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:09 am 
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When I entered ther serial numbers into the guitar dater project website the Strat serial number cam up as Mexican made. When I selected the American option the system came up with nothing but when Mexico was selected it came up with the info

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 Post subject: Re: Strat and Tele serial numbers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:18 am 
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I must be wrong then, I thought a Z serial number was made in America.
My `08 Strat had a Z prefix and was made here so I`m a little confused at this point.

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 Post subject: Re: Strat and Tele serial numbers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:22 am 
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E-mail Fender, consumerrelations@fender.com, with your serial numbers and they will tell you everything there is to know about your guitar.

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 Post subject: Re: Strat and Tele serial numbers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:27 am 
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I'm new to all of this and going by the information I found in the guitar dating project website. I could very well be wrong and if I am I'm sorry.

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Not a problem. I`m sure others who know more about it will help with some information about the prefix letter.

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I just sent the serial numbers of my two MIM Strats to the Fender email address posted earlier to see what they can tell me.

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That Guitardater project website seems to have issues on several serial numbers. It shouldn't be turning up a USA number as an MIM number - I have never heard of an MIM serial number from the 1990s or the 2000s that didn't start with an "M" prefix (starting in mid-2010 they are using an "MX10" prefix on the MIMs since they dropped the "Letter + digit" method of identifying the year).


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 Post subject: Re: Strat and Tele serial numbers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:26 am 
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Hey John C
Thanks for the insight maybe from now on I will just email costumer relation at Fender when I'm looking for accurate information.
I guess I took the guitar dating project site as being reliable.

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JPD wrote:
I must be wrong then, I thought a Z serial number was made in America.
My `08 Strat had a Z prefix and was made here so I`m a little confused at this point.


Z prefix serial numbers should be a USA-made "modern" models built in the 2000s (and as you know the first digit tells you the year). Fender added additional prefix letters for various series:

D for the American Deluxes (starting in 1998 when these came out) - so these serial numbers read "DN" for the 1998/99s and DZ for the 2000/2009s. There is an exception where some 2000 American Deluxes did not have the "D" prefix. S

S for the Artist Signatures starting in the late 1980s with "SE8" serial numbers (it took Fender up until about 1992/93 to use up the SE8 and SE9 decals and "catch up" to the year code).

M for the Made in Mexico models from their introduction until last year, so an "MN" would be an MIM in the 1990s; an "MZ" would be one made in the 2000s.

MS was used for MIM signature models like the Jimmie Vaughn guitars.

The new serial numbers really mess up these sites - all "modern" USA models used just a "10" from say January through about April, starting in May they began using a "US10" prefix. Also Fender has dropped the "D" and "S" additional prefixes.

As of about July of last year the MIM models now use an "MX10" serial number.


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