Dating stratocaster serial

Have a read through and hopefully you will pickup a few things to better assert yourself in the late 70's Stratocasters buyer's market. M = Model or Manufacturer O = Operator N = Neck configuration W = Week Y = Year D = Day Neck Stamps: MMNN*WWYD Example: 0900*3893 - Found on the very end of the neck heel, if at all, in green or dark red ink.

I get several questions about Gibson serial numbers every day, and my initial answer is always to not expect or rely on the serial number alone to determine the year of manufacture.The American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard is a Fender icon. Features include hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups, staggered tuners, improved bridge with bent steel saddles and copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, and Fender Tolex case.So, you can't afford that '54 Strat, or that '64, or even that '74 for that matter.I was told to check the potentiometer date codes, which all have “1377142” impressed into them.I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date.

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