Tips and How-To's So dating vintage fender guitars need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. You're not alone. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverband finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument.
The strange and mysterious neck codes found on Fenders from 1969 — 80 have been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community. Perhaps this is due to the fact that 1970s Fenders have, until recently, been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.
Return to the Main Index. Sometimes there just isn't enough information on electric instruments and amps to allow them to be properely dated.
The Fender numbers tell the story of the company over the years. Unfortunately, the serial number placement is sporadic and many ID numbers over lap between years and models.