Dating a guitar by Serial Number is easy, as long as you know which serial numbers match which years for each guitar model. Comment below your time! Finding your serial number on your Fender should be very easy. They are almost always on either the top of the neck plate the piece of metal on the back of the guitar near the neck , on the headstock the top part of the guitar where the strings attach , or close to the body at the bottom of the neck. If your serial number has spaces between the first two numbers and the rest of the numbers, starts with a 76, or is only the number refer to chart 2.
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From that serial number, it's pretty difficult to identify an exact age. If it's the blue Mirage in your avatar, it's late 80's to there's debate on which year they swapped the shape of their knife stock from one that is similar to Jackson to the one in use today. I have a similar Mirage Custom with a longer serial number, which people have conjured up a way to date I'm not certain their formula is exactly right to It already has the "current" knife stock. Yeah, it's the one in the avatar
The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has continuously manufactured the Stratocaster from to the present. It is a double- cutaway guitar, with an extended top "horn" shape for balance. Guitars that duplicate the Stratocaster by other manufacturers are sometimes called S-Type or ST-type guitars.