SERIAL NUMBERS with an “S” prefix denote the 1970s (signifying a CBS attempt to use SERIAL NUMBERS to identify production years); an “E” prefix was introduced in 1979 to denote the 1980s. Vintage Series instruments and “V”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS. * NOTE: “N”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS denoting the 1990s were introduced in 1990.

The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.The charts below detail the most common Fender serial number schemes from 1976 to the present.These guitars usually have the serial number starting with CXS; with the 'X' standing for 'Axl'."_________________"Without music, life would be a mistake" - Friedrich Nietzsche- ESP M103 FM Strat w/Floyd Rose, see thru Black, Maple neck- Dean C450, EMG 81/85's, Black Mahogany beauty- Squier Dlx Hot Rails, Olympic White (just got it) part.Packs with CXS-guitars are all over, and I know no reason why guitars-only wouldn't be.Z3 5 or 6 digits Z4 5 or 6 digits DZ4 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) XN4 4 digits Z4 5 or 6 digits Z5 5 or 6 digits DZ5 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) XN5 4 digits Z5 5 or 6 digits Z6 5 or 6 digits DZ6 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate)XN6 4 digits Z6 5 or 6 digits Z7 5 or 6 digits DZ7 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate)XN7 4 digits Z7 5 or 6 digits Z8 5 or 6 digits DZ8 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) XN8 4 digits Z8 5 or 6 digits Z9 5 or 6 digits DZ9 5 or 6 digits (American Deluxe) V 5 or 6 digits (American Vintage Series except ’52 Telecaster, which uses a five-digit number stamped into the bridge plate) XN9 4 digits A new serial numbering scheme was adopted toward the end of 2009 using the number “10” as a prefix, followed by a space, followed by seven digits.

The “10” prefix was designed to identify the first year of the second decade of the new millennium, and while it appears on the instrument decals, it was not captured in Fender’s operating system.

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.

No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them.

Some Squiers that are sold only in the Chinese and Asian markets are made by Axl in China.

Once you've spent some time with this guitar, you'll be ready for pretty much anything.