stratocaster numbers are hard to read without a decoder.
Every Prince fan knows that Prince’s favorite guitar is a telecaster hey there, i bought a squier affinity strat last dec.
From the beginning of his career to his latest concerts, you can always see him play this and on checking the serial number i got this from google.
Serial numbers and approximate date of manufacture Dating Rickenbackers from 1961 to 1986 Serial letters and numbers were stamped on the jackplate. The first letter gives the year (starting with A for 1961) and the second letter is the month of manufacture, A through L. Dating Rickenbacker models from 1987 to 1991 From 1987 to 1991 the dating is a little different. The first letter on jackplate is the month and the number is the year starting with 1987 represented by "0".
Now we are looking for a letter and a number above the jack. For example a A0= a January, 1987 manufacture date and C2= March 1989 manufacture date.
For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise idea of the date of manufacture.
SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1950's to 1964 In early 1965, Fender was sold to the CBS.Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years 1953-1961 Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.For example 55395 = 1955 920874 = 1959 1977 Forward - finally a standard serial number was used.The vintage series used a "V" prefix in serial numbers.Perhaps the best way to date the Vintage series is to carefully remove the necek and check the bottom of the neck for a production date. work differently than Fender USA guitar serial numbers.