Therefore, while helpful in determining a of PRODUCTION DATES, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.
Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.
When I looked up the serial number, it shows it's a 1964 but I'm told the serial number is not an accurate way to date the instrument.
For years, SERIAL NUMBERS have been used in various locations on Fender instruments, such as the top of the neck plate, the front or back of the headstock and the back of the neck near the junction with the body.SERIAL NUMBERS were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars.Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, which may be stamped or written there (if you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself, please refer to an experienced professional guitar tech in your area). Serial numbering didn’t change immediately because instruments continued to be made using existing, tooling, parts and serial number schemes.Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.
Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.This guitar has the worst fitting neck pocket I have seen on a fender strat. The action is super, the intonation perfect as Fender strats get and the neck is excellent to play on. The guitar weight is 8.4 pounds so not to heavy and made of three piece something with natural finish. Thank you If the serial number indicates it is a 1976, that may be as close of a date you will ever get on the neck.The parts of Fenders were made separately, meaning someone makes bodies, someone else makes necks, and they all just get piled up as stock.Once again, there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.