At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles. PAT, 2,573,254 2,968,204 3,143,028 2,976,704 2,573,254 for pickup and bridge combination.Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.Over time, the Squier series slowly evolved to include original model designs and production has moved from Japan to various other Asian countries such as Korea, China and Indonesia.
Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.2,968,204 for the single coil pickup patent awarded in 1961 under other for Jaguar, Stratocaster, Duosonic.3,143,028 the patent granted in August 1964 for Fender's adjustable neck construction. (Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass) The DES is the serial number. The serial number for these three models can be found at the bridge plate and is used until about early 1954. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate.The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.As a result of this mistake, you will be able to get a guitar with a serial number N9 that was built in 1990.