Dating stratocaster serial number
Founded in 1912 in New York City, Mapes started its wire production operations in operations in the mountains of east Tennessee in 1951. Founded in 1912 in New York City, Mapes started its wire production operations in the mountains of east Tennessee in 1951.
Hence during 1985 to 1987, production of Fender guitars was only done in Japan, while USA Fender created a new factory in California. BUT note that the "E" and "N" series does sometimes appear on "made in Japan" models. In any case, if it says "made in Japan", then it is... Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things.In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes. Leprecon lighting control and dimming equipment." "101 Norris St, Jamestown, TN 38556. Worldwide guitar sales and service since 1986." "1010 OBrien Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025.