Below are comments made by author Paul Bechtoldt circa 1992.
Please note that his comments do not reflect changes to G&L instruments since that time.
Their legal department politely declined] Here are some Fender serial number resources.
this is an automated service 1982 am grateful for the generosity Robert Corrington who provided more than 20 of the pricelists below (1990-2001, 20) below in March 2017.
From my experience, any serial number below V016000 denotes a guitar made at the fullerton plant (1982-1984).
Of course, there are exceptions to this generalization.
There is an enormous amount of Fender guitar information available but here are some important dates from Gruhn’s Guide To Vintage Guitars: Fender timeline 1945 Leo Fender and Doc Kaufman begin making amps, lap steels Fullerton CA 1947 Kaufman leaves and Leo continues as Fender Electric Instrument Co 1950 Esquire and Broadcaster (Tele) introduced 1951 Precision Bass 1954 Stratocaster 4 January 1965 Fender President and quality starts to return.
1982 Fender Japan established 1983 Fender Squier low price brand established 1985 CBS sells Fender to Schultz and others formed as Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
Each American Reissue Stratocaster that left the factory had one of these V serial numbers stamped into the neckplate.A possible explanation is that Fender just had a large box filled with neckplates and thus placed on guitars in a semi-random fashion.Of course, the box would not contain 10,000 neckplates but rather a couple thousand at the most.The prefix "CL" and "CLF" stand for "Clarence Leo" and "Clarence Leo Fender", respectively. The George Fullerton model, which when changed to 4-bolt neck attachment, continued with serial numbers using the prefix "GF", for "George Fullerton" until discontinued.Enthusiasts interested in production dates and serialization are well advised to visit Guitars By to research the registry and accompanying text.I have come across many guitars with a serial number in the V012000's with a 1982 neckdate.