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The bridge plate or neckplate were applied to a guitar with no thought to keeping any kind of number sequence.

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The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced.

Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year.

So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.

Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model.

At least not while he was at Fender Musical Instrument Corporation.

Before 1977 Fender guitars hd a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate.

A seven-digit serial number beginning with six, for example, indicates 1996; a seven-digit number beginning with seven denotes 1997; an eight-digit number beginning with 98 denotes 1998, etc.

A “KC” prefix was introduced on Korean-made instruments in 1997, designating instrument made in Korea at the Cort factory.

Dating a Fender guitar with the serial number is a hit or miss propisition.

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