Fender started to stamp date on necks some where in 1962. In the 50ties also no date marking at all as on many 59ers - A stamped date alone is not enough for dating a neck but most people look first for the stamped date and assume, if stamped, it is info enough to pay (high) asking price. Duchossoir (ISBN 0-7935-0860-6) is a very good guide for dating vintage Telecasters - it only costs a few dollars - much less than a vintage Telecaster.Dot markers, tuners, trustrod, logo and fretboard can also tell a story. Before jumping into conclusions of the pics you see let's see how the date looks.Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model.While there have been periods where dramatic changes have occurred, for example: the transition periods between Leo's Fender and the CBS years, as well as the transition between CBS' Fender and the current ownership, generally speaking, most models are feature specific and do not change from year to year..The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument would be to remove the neck and check the butt end of the heel of the neck for a production date, which may be stamped or written there.(If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area).
The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced.This chart contains If you are unable to place the approximate year of manufacture of your instrument using the above charts, there are a few great books available, which have invaluable information on the history of Fender instruments.If you have serious interest in learning about the history of Fender instruments, or if you just want to try to establish the year of production of your own axe, we would highly recommend that you pick up one or more of the following books.As a result, you will see some 1990 guitars bearing N9 serial numbers. Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). The following serial numbers are somewhat outside the more, well known Fender serial number schemes.If you have what you consider to be a somewhat "odd" serial number, please check the following chart to see if you find your serial number configuration here.The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.