This information is courtesy Fender.com, republished here for your convenience. instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.Hit the jump to see just how old that guitar or bass really is. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.
Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.Some of those include variables such as refinished bodies or necks, replaced parts, refrets, and overall condition of the guitar.Original and mint condition will catch the highest values for your instruments.Some models are represented by crops from these images and therefore not of the best quality.If you have a model that is poorly represented we always welcome good pictures and use whatever we can. This site is not here to provide anyone with additional image hosting.Note #2: Guitars with no serial number were produced at many different times.