Dating a squier bass

You should find two stamped dates--one in the neck pocket and one of the butt of the neck.The one on the neck is supposedly a good ballpark of the guitar's manufacture date, but due to the nature of G&L assembly it is not necessarily an exact science.Below are random tidbits that may help you date yours.1980 - 1992First recorded serial numbers for guitars and bass by year: YEAR / GUITAR / BASS1980 G000530 B0005181981 G003122 B0019171982 G009886 B0085251983 G011654 B0103821984 G013273 B0142661985 G014690 B0161081986 G017325 B0176911987 G020241 B0180631988 G023725 B0196271989 G024983 0201061990 G026344 B0217881991 G027163 B0230131992 G029962 B024288GF and BC prefixes were used for the George Fullerton Signature Model and the Broadcaster, respectively.In 1997, the prefix CL (Clarence Leo) began use, and a couple years later it was changed to CLF.------------------------------ Perhaps the best way to date your G&L is to take the neck off.Gibson Serial Numbers Acoustic and electric archtops 1902-1961Year / Last Numbers1903 -- 11501904 -- 18501905 -- 25501906 -- 33501907 -- 42501908 -- 54501909 -- 69501910 -- 87501911 -- 108501912 -- 133501913 -- 161001914 -- 201501915 -- 251501916 -- 320001917 -- 395001918 -- 479001919 -- 538001920 -- 622001921 -- 693001922 -- 714001923 -- 749001924 -- 803001925 -- 827001926 -- 836001927 -- 854001928 -- 873001929 -- 897501930 -- 902001931 -- 904501932 -- 907001933 -- 914001934 -- 923001935 -- 928001936 -- 941001937 -- 952001938 -- 957501939 -- 960501940 -- 966001941 -- 974001942 -- 977001943 -- 978501944 -- 982501945 - 986501946 -- 993001947 -- 9999991947 - 1961After number 999999 in 1947, Gibson started over with an "A" prefix.Year / Last Numbers1947 -- A 13051948 -- A 26651949 -- A 44101950 -- A 65961951 -- A 94201952 -- A 124601953 -- A 174351954 -- A 186651955 -- A 219101956 -- A 247551957 -- A 268201958 -- A 288801959 -- A 322851960 -- A 34645 1952 - 1961 Gibson solid body electrics This period had the serial stamped on the back of the headstock.This method can often clear up a situation where the serial number is inconclusive.Pot codes may also point you to a general date range, but don't expect them to always be accurate. 1984 - 1987A 6 digits .........1985 - 1986B 6 digits .........1985 - 1986C 6 digits .........1985 - 1986F 6 digits ..........1986 - 1987G 6 digits .........1987 - 1988H 6 digits..........1988 - 1989I 6 digits............1989 - 1990J 6 digits 1989 - 1990K 6 digits 1990 - 1991L 6 digits 1991 - 1992M 6 digits 1992 - 1993N 6 Digits 1993 - 1994O 6 Digits 1994 - 1995 P 6 digits 1995 - 1996Q 6 digits 1993 - 1994S 6 digits 1994 - 1995T 6 digits 1994 - 1995U 6 digits 1995 - 1996N 5 digits 1995 - 1996V 6 digits 1996 - 1997Crafted in Japan Serials (usually back of neck)A 6 digits 1997 - 1998O 6 digits 1997 - 2000P 6 digits 1999 - 2002Q 6 digits 2002 - 2004R 6 digits 2004 - 2005S 6 digits 2006 - 2008T 6 digits 2007 - 2008Made in Mexico Serials (on headstock)MN0 5 or 6 digits 1990-1991MN1 5 or 6 digits 1991-1992MN2 5 or 6 digits 1992-1993MN3 5 or 6 digits 1993-1994MN4 5 or 6 digits 1994-1995MN5 5 or 6 digits 1995-1996MN6 5 or 6 digits 1996-1997MN7 5 or 6 digits 1997-1998MN8 5 or 6 digits 1998-1999MN9 5 or 6 digits 1999-2000MZ0 5 or 6 digits 2000-2001MZ1 5 or 6 digits 2001-2002MZ2 5 or 6 digits 2002-2003MZ3 5 or 6 digits 2003-2004MZ4 5 or 6 digits 2004-2005MZ5 5 or 6 digits 2005-2006MZ6 5 or 6 digits 2006-2007MZ7 5 or 6 digits 2007-2008MZ8 5 or 6 digits 2008-2009MZ9 5 or 6 digits 2009-2010"10" prefix followed by a space and eight digits Late 2009 through approximately March 2010MX10 6 digits 2010MX11 6 digits 2011MX12 6 digits 2012MX13 6 digits 2013MX14 6 digits 2014MX15 6 digits 2015-2016MX16 6 digits 2016-2017MX17 6 digits 2017-2018NOTES: Mexican Fender Signature Series used other prefixes, such as "MSN" 5 digits in the 1990s and "MS" in the 2000s.

There is known overlap between years, and looking at the date on the neck heel should be more accurate. may/may not be Squier)6, 7 or 8 Digits only 1988 - 1996 "E" serials from Young Chang or Sung-Eum plants: E1 6 Digits in Silver 1987 - 1988 E2 6 Digits in Silver 1988 - 1989 E0 6 Digits in Black 1989 - 1990 E1 6 Digits in Black 1991 - 1992 E2 6 Digits in Black 1992 - 1993 E3 6 Digits in Black 1993 - 1994 "S" serials from Samick plant: S9 6 Digits 1989 - 1990 S0 6 Digits 1990 - 1991 S1 6 Digits 1991 - 1992 S2 6 Digits 1992 - 1993 S3 6 Digits 1993 - 1994 "CN" (Cort) and "VN" (Sungham) factory serials: CN0 or VN0 5 Digits 1990 - 1991 CN1 or VN1 5 Digits 1991 - 1992 CN2 or VN2 5 Digits 1992 - 1993 CN3 or VN3 5 Digits 1993 - 1994 CN4 or VN4 5 Digits 1994 - 1995 CN5 or VN5 5 Digits 1995 - 1996 CN6 or VN6 5 Digits 1996 - 1997 "KC" 1997 and up Cort factory serial numbers: KC97 6 Digits 1997 - 1998 KC97 7 Digits 1997 - 1998 KC97 8 Digits 1997 - 1998 KC98 6 Digits 1998 - 1999 KC99 6 Digits 1999 - 2000 KC00 6 Digits 2000 - 2001 KC01 6 Digits 2001 - 2002 KC02 6 Digits 2002 - 2003 KC03 6 Digits 2003 - 2004 KC04 6 Digits 2004 - 2005 KC05 6 Digits 2005 - 2006 KC06 6 Digits 2006 - 2007 KC07 6 Digits 2007 - 2008 KC08 6 Digits 2008 - 2009 KC09 6 Digits 2009 - 2010 KC10 6 Digits 2010 - 2011 KC11 6 Digits 2011 - 2012 KC12 6 Digits 2012 - 2013 KC13 6 Digits 2013 - 2014 Made in Indonesia Serials IC08 6 digits 2008-2009IC09 6 digits 2008-2009ICF09 6 digits 2009-2010IC10 6 digits 2009-2010ICF10 6 digits 2010-2011ICF11 6 digits 2011-2012Special cases For Fender acoustics, please see this page on the Fender website: https://support.fender.com/hc/en-us/articles/214343883-How-can-I-find-out-when-my-acoustic-instrument-was-manufactured-NUMBER DESCRIPTIONC(XXXXXX) Collectors Series up to 1965CA(XXXXX) Gold Strat 1981, 82 and 83CB(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special and Gold Jazz Bass 1981-82CC(XXXXX) Walnut Strat 1981-82-83CD or CO(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982CE(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special from 1981, Black and Gold Tele from 1981-82CN, R or V US Custom Shop (may also include CZ)D(XXXXXX) Jazz Bass 1981-82DN(XXXXXX) American Deluxe Series, 1998-99DZ 6 or 7 digits American Deluxe Series 2000 to present EJ(XXXXX) Eric Johnson Signature Stratocasters EE(XXXXXX) Some US made instruments from the mid to late '80s made for export to Europe had an EE prefix FN(XXXXXX) US made guitars and basses made for export G(XXXXXX) "THE STRAT" 1980-83GO(XXXXX) Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982, Gold Strat 1982-83H, I or K(XXXXXXX) USA guitars for export stamped USA on heel, serial on headstock, 1989-90.Dean's more affordable line made outside the US will indicate the country of manufacture, but production year requires looking at features and hardware and some knowledge of the line.Epiphone Below appear some of the serial schemes that an Epiphone serial can use. YYMMFFRRRRRYY = year of manufacture MM = month of manufature FF = factory IDRRRRR = ranking number Example: 08121520333 = 2008 / December / factory 15 / unit 20333Note: Models from 2008 and onwards omit the factory ID letter prefix.They were made by Terada and usually have an Orange Epiphone label.Y = Year of manufacture C = Model code PPP = Production number Model Codes (C)1 = NVJ2 = EMPEROR3 = RIVIERA4 = SHERATON5 = CASINO6 = Limited Edition7 = EB-28 = ES-930J9 = EMPEROR-JExample: 34123 = 1993 / SHERATON / unit 123Example: 38123 = 1993 / ES-930J / unit 1231971 - 1987The Aria Epiphone Japan models that were made by Matsumoku from the early 1970s and ending before 1987 do not have a reliable serial numbering system but can be approximately dated using their Epiphone label colors.1971-1975 - Blue label - Early models say "Union Made"1976-1979 - Tan or white "Lincolnwood" label with Norlin logo1980-1987 - Brown Label with splotched pattern Fender (Back to top of page) Fender is notorious for being a little tricky.Note: US Vintage series starting in 1982 onward begins with a "V". LE(XXXXXX) Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994.

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