For example * "CN5" = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1995. KC/KV: KC (Korean Cor-Tek (Cort)) and KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.
For example * "KC97" = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1997. KC and KV serial number prefixes are usually used on Crafted in Korea Squiers.
This was a period when Made in Japan Squiers had stopped and then they moved Squiers to Mexico, but there was a fire in the Mexican factory which disrupted things for a few months in which Fender USA made the Squiers.
Korean Squiers CN/VN: C = Cor-Tek (Cort), V = Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars), N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.
Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.
Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.
origine et datation des guitares SQUIER par le N° de série Japanese Squiers For Japanese Squier serial number dating, see Fender's serial number dating service.When the Corona plant was started up, only the Vintage Reissue Stratocaster models were first produced (between late 1985 through 1986).I have owned, and still own, many of both the MIJ and CIJ guitars and when setup correctly and rewired, they can play, feel, and sound as good (if not in many cases, even better) than their USA counter-parts (especially when rewired with custom pickups!Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the head or on the cover plate of the vibrato.(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.until the new factory was built in Corona, California.It has been estimated that 80% of the guitars sold during this time were made in Japan.Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series).We're always adding musical instruments that can ship internationally. Neck dating is useful in determining the age of a guitar, but is not definite.The neck date simply refers to the date that the neck was produced.Production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.