Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.Dating a Fender guitar with the serial number is a hit or miss propisition.It helps narrow things down, but in most cases is an inexact science.WD offers many more Tele pickguards than shown here.
Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.
The bridge plate or neckplate were applied to a guitar with no thought to keeping any kind of number sequence.
Fender serial numbers were assigned like this: As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. The only truly definitive way to date a pre-CBS fender is to look at all the dates on the instrument (body date, neck date, pot dates).
This new numbering scheme was short-lived and was replaced only a few months later by an improved scheme that identifies an instrument’s country of origin and year of manufacture in the body of the serial number.
This new scheme uses the letters “MX” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in Mexico, followed by an eight-digit number.