My intent with this site is to educate those who are on the hunt for that last affordable vintage Fender Stratocaster.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.So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model. MADE FENDER STRINGED INSTRUMENT For the majority of Fender's U. instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is certainly not definitive.The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced.
The oddball serial locks the international instruments out of FMIC North American support.
Only way to get the actual manufacture date for these newer amps is to contact Fender support and ask them about that serial number.
Old or new the Hot-Rod's do not hold much value very well, and just depreciate.
There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.