Squier serial number dating service
When CBS sold Fender to its current owners in 1984 there was a transitional period from 1984 to 1987 with limited Fender USA production resulting in mostly Fender Japan and leftover stock being sold.
I'm just curious (it's NOT going on Fleece Bay, it's just about my fave guitar - the guitar I keep coming back to, despite it being rather beaten up after all these years!
Stagemaster Deluxe (neck-thru maple necks with basswood wings), and the Double Fat Tele Deluxe (all solid mahogany with set necks), with serial numbers starting with KC for Korean Cort, followed by 2-digit year.
There were also some KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)) serial numbers followed by 2-digit year. Comes with Dimarzio pickups and coil tap on the back pickup (lift the back tone control knob).
(lots of knocks and dinks, picked it up for next to nothing, seems quite rare to me) Fender Strat Sunburst (2007 - Mexican) - good guitar Fender USA Strat 1957-2007 Special Edition (awesome, 3 position pickup selector! Korean Squiers: C refers to Cort, V refers to Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars). The second character refers to the decade: N represents Nineties (1990's). So, for example "CN6" = made by Cort in 1996 and "VN6" = made by Saehan(Sunghan) in 1996. I have a guitar synth system, so I plan to fit the synth pickup to this.
Exceptions: Pro-Tone Series (solid ash bodies) had serial numbers with either a) no preceding letters and 7 digits, with the first number being the year, or b) starting with KC for Korean Cort, followed by 2-digit year.