Fender custom shop serial dating
Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items.
He never invisioned a need to pinpoint the manufacturing date of any of his guitars.
Serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments through the years.
For nearly 20 years (since 1965), Fender was owned and operated by the CBS.
Many guitar players felt that the interests of CBS were at odds with the marketplace and profits declined.
The Fender Custom Shop is a division of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, housed within their headquarters complex in Corona, Riverside County, California.
The Fender Custom Shop produces special-order guitars for customers through a Custom Shop dealer network, creates limited edition high end quality guitars, builds limited edition amplifiers, and does some research & design for the parent company.