Dating a Fender Guitar by it’s Serial Number can be a little tricky.In most cases you can only get a ball park range for your production date.You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?
The '*' represents a middle digit that is either an 'X', a '-' or something that resembles a '1/2' or '1/4' fraction.
Over the years Fender used modular production techniques that may have resulted in a guitar that has parts from one year to another.
Parts may have been produced in one year and left in a bin until they were ready to be paired with a body.
Hence, my MIM starts MZ1xxxxx, meaning it was built in 2001 : : I've looked at a number of sites, but I can't find a year of manufacture for a Fender Stratocaster made in Mexico with a serial number that begins with MZ.
) : : If you can tell me a site where this info can be found I'd be most grateful.
On the heel of the neck should be a penciled or stamped date with a month and year that it was assembled in.