Dating fender stratocaster pickups
The Fender Contemporary Stratocaster and Telecaster models were part of the Fender Japan E series model range.
When CBS sold Fender to its current owners in 1984 there was a transitional period from 1984 to 1987 with limited Fender USA production resulting in mostly Fender Japan and leftover stock being sold.
so, 1994); a Fender USA guitar serial starting "Z3" would "theoretically" mean 2003 (Z = 2000, 3 = in the 3rd year... For example, the US Fender serial number DZ575xxxx, would designate a Deluxe (the "D") guitar made in 2005.
manufactured* difference in the "MADE In Japan" Fenders, and the "CRAFTED In Japan" Fender guitars.
If you already have a basic understanding of the USA serial numbering system, just skip down to the next Bold Centered Most readers of this are probably already aware that Fender USA guitar serial numbers "theoretically" follow a pattern.
They were designed to help identify the approximate manufacturing date of the guitar.
Its unusual color and gold hardware suggest it might have been a showpiece made for a special occasion.
Although Gilmour’s Strat bears the serial number 0001, it’s not the first.