Tele serial number dating
The numbers for each year typically overlap, as there is always a transitional period between successive years and as necks that are made and serial numbered late in any given year are used on instruments assembled in the early months of the following year.A new serial-numbering scheme was adopted toward the end of 2009 using the number “10” as a prefix, followed by a space, followed by seven digits.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.If you are lucky you can find a serial written on pencil where the body is bolted to the neck (or in the neck also) or in the pickup cavity.Follow this reference may not be accurate because probably they printed a certain number of plates and then put on guitars in a random manner, without noticing consecutive numeration.On Telecasters and certain other models, you will find the serial number on the bridge.The serial numbers will start with a letter that corresponds to specific years of production. You will not find the MADE IN JAPAN stamp on the headstocks of Fender MIJ guitars. acronym for "CRAFTED IN JAPAN" These guitars were made from 1997 and are still being manufactured today.
I keep record of this data in order to try to deduce other correspondences.
Fender began producing instruments in its Ensenada, Mexico, factory in 1990.
Instruments made between 19 carry “MN” prefix serial numbers, with the “M” designating Mexico and the “N” designating the 1990s.
"Unfortunately the factories at ESP Japan have not kept a consistent and sensible serial number tracking system in place over the years. you may still come across the occasional serial number that may conflict with, or doesn't fall under any of the listed categories.
For this we apologize, and we are working to maintain a more consistent system going forward.
Unfortunally ESP didn't keep good records of old serial numbers.