Dating fender stratocaster mim
At some point, Kennis Russell bought a used Stratocaster at his local guitar shop.
These serial numbers did not identify the country of origin in the body of the number.
Instead, the instrument’s country of origin appears on the decal on the back of the headstock, near the serial number.
There are so many different variants of the Stratocaster being produced by Fender (or Fender licensed entities) that it's nearly impossible for first time buyers to have any idea what the differences are or why there are so many in the first place. But I believe I've learned enough during my own experiences to be of some assistance and guidance to those just starting out in this endeavor.
For the sake of simplicity, I'm just going to talk about the most common recent production Stratocasters.
Don't get me wrong, it is a lovely guitar, but I uncovered a surprise when I took the neck off to make some adjustments.