Dating japanese made fender instruments
Dating a Fender guitar with the serial number is a hit or miss propisition.
He never invisioned a need to pinpoint the manufacturing date of any of his guitars.
This time, probably in a corporate branding effort, a large Fender script “F” was added to the neckplate below the serial number.
F Series guitars are generally considered CBS Fenders…
The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years.
In mid-1954 Fender changed the location of serial numbers to the neckplate. Because different companies did the stamping of the serial numbers on neckplates they vary in location and layout.