Your last chance to own a vintage Fender Stratocaster is with the guitars of the late 1970's.You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?
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Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".
My intent with this site is to educate those who are on the hunt for that last affordable vintage Fender Stratocaster.
Have a read through and hopefully you will pickup a few things to better assert yourself in the late 70's Stratocasters buyer's market. M = Model or Manufacturer O = Operator N = Neck configuration W = Week Y = Year D = Day Neck Stamps: MMNN*WWYD Example: 0900*3893 - Found on the very end of the neck heel, if at all, in green or dark red ink.
Click on a serial plate and you'll get a closer look at the item and in some cases, information specific to that particular year of production.
Just check out our serial plates and their underlying information and your mystery will be instantly solved!
Please note that Fender serial numbers overlap from year to year.
It is not uncommon to find a Strat built in December 1955 with a serial number of 9,320 and a Strat built in January of 1956 with a serial number of 9,260.
More accurate dating can be achieved by inspecting the neck date, body date (where applicable) and control pot dates of your Strat.© 2014 We Buy Strats LLC. Use of any information and/or individual photos on this site unless noted is granted for non commercial purposes only.
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So, you can't afford that '54 Strat, or that '64, or even that '74 for that matter.