SERIAL NUMBERS were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars.
But once again, due to Fender’s modular production methods and often non-sequential serial numbering (usually overlapping two to four years from the early days of Fender to the mid-1980s), dating by serial number is not always precisely definitive.
A serious amount of money was spent on advertising and sales went up drastically, which, from Fender’s perspective, was agood thing.
But, with more sales came more production, and more production meant less attention to details and a slumpingof quality-control.
Fender “Squier” guitars were produced at the same time as the Fenders in Japan, but were madeas cheaper versions of the Fenders, to meet the demand for cheaper guitars in Japan and abroad. Fender Japan currently makes more models of Fender guitars than Fender USA does, and most of them are regular production-line models.