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As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague.In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties. Deluxe Series have the same standard but with the addition of a D for the Z, eg. Also here some overlap of numbers, prefixes and year.At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.
The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.
Most specifications for the Fender guitars are hardly changed.
Although there have been periods in which major changes occurred as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fender to the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models are in general not changed.
The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.
Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.
Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".