Fender Serial Number Lookup
Wondering about the entire journey of your Fender from the factory to your hands? Or decided to sell your guitar and want to know its true value? Maybe you’re planning to buy one and looking to avoid fraud.
We’ve compiled an extensive serial number database for dating and telling the history of your guitar or bass. All data was independently collected by us from various sources. The information is quite accurate, though some of it may overlap, serial numbers can repeat, and some have been lost over time, which led to gaps in our database.
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How to Find Fender Serial Number Location?
The serial number has been situated in various locations, on or within the guitar, throughout the years. You can find the Fender serial number at the top of the neck plate, on the front or back of the headstock, on the vibrato cover plate (for Stratocaster), or at the end of the neck heel. Between 1973 and 1981 there were periods when this did not happen consistently. Check the picture below to look up the most common places of Fender serial code.
Fender Serial Number Finder (Decoder)
(updated version 2024)
Just input your serial number into the finder below, click the “Check” button and you’ll get all the information about your guitar. You’ll find the country, production date, and even the factory where your Fender was made. Whether you’re verifying an old Stratocaster or vintage Tele, Jaguar, P-Bass, or any other Fender model, the decoder uncovers all the info you need.
The unique feature of our Fender serial number finder is that if there are any data overlaps, you will see all possible options for the origin and dating of your Fender guitar and bass.
If you can’t find all the information you need, scroll down and try to look it up in the serial number database by hand.
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How can I find out how old my Fender is?
To find out when your Fender guitar was made, try looking up its serial number. In most cases, it helps to determine the production date of the instrument.
How can I tell where my Fender was made?
If you don’t know where your Fender guitar was made, the serial number can help you find out the manufacturing location of the instrument.
What does a Fender serial number look like?
Although the serial numbers are called “numbers”, they do not have to be strictly numeric. Fender serial number is usually a combination of several letters, numbers, or both.
How do I find the Fender serial number?
You can find the Fender serial number at the top of the neck plate, on the front or back of the headstock, on the vibrato cover plate (for Stratocaster), or at the end of the neck heel.
What if my Fender has no serial number?
If you cannot find the Fender serial number (illegible, worn away), you can approximate the antiquity of electric or semi-acoustic guitars employing the potentiometers. Another method of determining the Fender’s manufacturing date is to check the pickups. The Fender logo can also be an indication of the period in which the Fender was made.