GUITAR SERIAL NUMBERS

 
(561) 706-6011

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Below is a simple identification of Gibson and Fender serial numbers.
Fender:
S = 1970s; E = 1980s; N = 1990s; Z = 2000s
After the letter comes the year......
S9 means 1979;  E4 means 1984; N8 means 1998; Z5 means 2005.
 
The remaining numbers are production numbers so all that is needed is the above. However, a Mexican Strat adds the letter "M." So, MZ8 means 2008 Mexican Strat.
 
Gibson:
The Gibson numbering is: YDDDYRRR
8xxx6xxx means 1986;
0xxx7xxx means 2007
82176xxx means the 217th day of 1986 (8-5-1986;
00027xxx means the 2nd day of 2007 (1-2-2007).