Dating fender stratocaster pickups
If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.
To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.
This makes it possible to place a guitar into a rather tight year range just by using serial number.
The only way to correctly date an AVRI is to correlate the serial number, neckdate, and the codes on the pots.
The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.
Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.