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Bass years

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basspunk2005, May 8, 2005.


  1. basspunk2005

    basspunk2005

    Jan 31, 2005
    England UK
    I heard somewhere that you can tell what year your fender basses are by the serial number. And you can tell what shape neck you have as well from the serial number. Is this true and if it is how do you work it out?
     
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    You can tell your year on most Fender basses by Serial number...neck shapes not so much. The older necks had a code stamped on the heel of the neck which gave a date and style...

    What's your serial number and what kind of Fender is it? MIM, MIJ, MIA all have different coding.
     
  3. basspunk2005

    basspunk2005

    Jan 31, 2005
    England UK
    MIM fender P and a MIM fender J, what part of the number tells me what year it is?
     
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    You should be able to do it by the letters at the front of the SN, then the first number. Your SN will most likely start: M?#.

    M was the beginning code for most mexican made instruments, if the next letter is a N then it was built in the nineties, then the number after that should be the year...For example: MN9454673 would tell you Mexican 1999 (roughly).

    Edited to add, that for the 2000's, Fender used Z for a code therefore, a number like MZ298786 would have been made in 2002l

    Fender started this coding back in the late 70's...

    S=70's
    E=80's
    N=90's

    Keep in mind theres a bit of float...so dating is really only precise withing a year or so...so while your number might be say N8XXXXXX, it could be a 99.
     
  5. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Way too easy! :scowl:

    Takes the fun out of it. ;)