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Post subject: IO(xxxxxx) format serial numbers
Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:40 pm
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I have an American Deluxe Telecaster which I believe was manufactured in 2010 and it has the serial number IO048745. The serial number doesn't show up in any of the normal searches. Anyone know why?


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Post subject: Re: IO(xxxxxx) format serial numbers
Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:21 pm
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2010 us instrument should start by US10

https://support.fender.com/hc/en-us/art ... ufactured-

SERIAL NUMBERS PRODUCTION DATES
“10” prefix followed by a space and seven digits (late 2009 through March 2010)
US10 + 6 digits (beginning in about March 2010)
V + 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate)
2010

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Or your serial number start by 10 not I0 :lol:
You have only 6 digits :(

10 + 7 digits
(Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number) End 2009 - March 2010

https://www.guitarinsite.nl/serienummers-fender_eng.php

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Post subject: Re: IO(xxxxxx) format serial numbers
Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:11 pm
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The "10" serial numbers (without the US in the beginning) for 2010ish instruments, aren't completely covered in Fender's databases.
And despite what the quote (this is the current version, they have changed this part quite a few times...) from support pages says , there are plenty of examples with 10 + six digits. And there are "11" + digits serials...

So once again, the serial number alone doesn't guarantee much about if an instrument is legit or not.

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A new serial numbering scheme was adopted toward the end of 2009 using the number “10” as a prefix, followed by a space, followed by seven digits. The “10” prefix was designed to identify the first year of the second decade of the new millennium, and while it appears on the instrument decals, it was not captured in Fender’s operating system. Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database. These serial numbers did not identify the country of origin in the body of the number. Instead, the instrument's country of origin appears on the decal on the back of the headstock, near the serial number.

This new numbering scheme was short-lived and was replaced only a few months later by an improved scheme that identifies an instrument’s country of origin and year of manufacture in the body of the serial number.

This new scheme uses the letters “US” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in the United States, followed by an eight-digit number. The first two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture, (10 for 2010, 11 for 2011, etc.). The following six digits are the unit identifier, although it should be noted that these final six numbers are not sequential and do not provide any other identification information about the instrument. This new scheme is now used on the majority of U.S.-made Fender instruments, with exceptions including the American Vintage series and certain special-run instruments.


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Post subject: Re: IO(xxxxxx) format serial numbers
Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:10 am
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jmattis wrote:


So once again, the serial number alone doesn't guarantee much about if an instrument is legit or not.



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