CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.
Most specifications for the Fender guitars are hardly changed.Although there have been periods in which major changes occurred as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fender to the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models are in general not changed.Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.The guitars from 1990 have the serial number on the front of the headstock. If you have doubts about an odd serial number check the chart below, maybe you can find the number composition here.
Fender moved the serial number to the back in 1996. If you can not find a serial number (unreadable, worn of), you can approximate the age of a semi/electric guitar on the basis of the potentiometers.
In March 1985, CBS Corporation sold Fender to a group of private investors led by William Schultz, where the company get the current name Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
The changeover to the new owners can not deduce the serial numbers, because they continued the numbering at the same way.
In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties.
The numbers and decals are produced far in advance.
The table below shows the Fender serial numbers as they were used from 1950 to 1964.