If you are having trouble finding the date of the guitar you are researching, try emailing the manufacturer and see if they can help date the instrument.The first letter indicates the last digit of the year of production. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1985-1986: ######.
After the year prefix, these models us a code digit of "9", indicating a set-neck model bass.
The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.
Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1966-1985: 001-1042 in sequence Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1986-1990: Letter-####, like so: J7012.
The letter at the beginning represents the month, so J would be March (see chart above). Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1991-1996: Letter-letter-###-letter, like so: HP213J. 111 is the unit number; and the final letter is an internal code. During 1999, they starting the count each month at 200 rather than 500. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1946-1968: #####.
The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the EG models.
Like the CE models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar.There are many factors that can affect the value of your vintage guitar.Some of those include variables such as refinished bodies or necks, replaced parts, refrets, and overall condition of the guitar.Like the CE and EG models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar.The following number determines the model: 8 or SA for the Swamp Ash Special, then the sequential number for that particular model After the year prefix, these models use a code digit of "4", indicating a bolt-on neck bass.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.