Guide to Fender Bass serial numbers

By | April 11, 2021

Birth rate

Fender has increased significantly since its establishment in 1946. The company has employed several serial numbers for several years. Although these policies provide an indication of the year to which they refer, they are typically specific to the component to which they are linked. Removal of your bass neck may show a stamped date on the heel of the heel, but the neck may have been stored for some time before it was actually attached to the factory and shipped for sale. It is likely that your base may have a birth value instead of a date.

Bridge plates and neck plates

Fender stamped its bridge plates and neck plates during the first years. The precision base models, for example, had bridge plates marked from 100 to 2000 between 1951 and 1955. The range 100-400 was used specifically between 1951 and 1952. Numbers 0001 through 0999 were used between 1952 and 1954. Numbers 1000 to 2000 were used between 1953 and 1955. 1955. Again, these numbers are specific to the bridge deck, which could have been removed and installed on your guitar at some point or stored some time before installation on the facility. Note that it also overlaps the serial numbers between different years. Neckline stamping was used from 1954 to 1976 on all models. Particularly unique neck plate stamping contains the serial numbers beginning with an ‘o’ or ‘-‘ sign (1957 to 1958), stamping at the bottom of the neck plate (1959 to 19 60), double stamping and overlapping stamping. Number sequences ranging from four to six digits represent neck plates stamped between 1954 and 1963. Number sequences beginning with an ‘L’ are considered to have been stamped between the end of 1962 and 1965 before Fender was acquired by CBS. If your neck plate has a large ‘F’ script, it is considered to have been stamped between the end of 1965 and 1976 if it contains a number sequence starting from 100,000 to 750,000.

Serial number at the main floor

Serial numbers where put on the head of guitar necks somewhere near 1976. Alphanumeric characters offer a faster way to identify the decade the neck was built. Necks built in the seventies started with an ‘S’. ‘E’ started the units made in the 1980s. ‘N’ refers to necks made in the 90’s. Both the ‘N’ and ‘E’ series could have been created in Japan. Between 1985 and 1987, Fender instruments were built only in Japan, while a new owner took over Fender and built a new factory in America. Most Japanese instruments were marked ‘J’. ‘DZ’ or ‘Z’ numbers are printed after 1999.

Special Years

‘UN’ serial numbers are for export. ‘CB’ serial numbers are set on jazz basses from 1981 to 1982. These are considered ‘Gold Jazz Basses’. ‘CD’, ‘CE’, ‘CO’, ‘GO’ and ‘CB’ serial numbers are on special precision bases from 1981 and 1982. Accurate dating of musical instruments is a very easy and useful skill to learn. Whether the instrument was found at a farm sale or a museum, there are several signs that can confirm the authenticity of an instrument. Fender bass guitars are no exception.