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(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.
Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.
In March 1985, CBS Corporation sold Fender to a group of private investors led by William Schultz, where the company get the current name Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
The changeover to the new owners can not deduce the serial numbers, because they continued the numbering at the same way.
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.
Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.
Example: PAT, 2,573,254 2,968,204 3,143,028 2,976,704 2,573,254 for pickup and bridge combination.
On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles.
The table below shows the Fender serial numbers as they were used from 1950 to 1964.
The serial numbers in principle chronological, but as already mentioned, as a result of Fender's production, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.
To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.