Dating fender squier
Exceptions: Pro-Tone Series (solid ash bodies) had serial numbers with either a) no preceding letters and 7 digits, with the first number being the year, or b) starting with KC for Korean Cort, followed by 2-digit year.
Stagemaster Deluxe (neck-thru maple necks with basswood wings), and the Double Fat Tele Deluxe (all solid mahogany with set necks), with serial numbers starting with KC for Korean Cort, followed by 2-digit year.
A seven-digit serial number beginning with six, for example, indicates 1996; a seven-digit number beginning with seven denotes 1997; an eight-digit number beginning with 98 denotes 1998, etc.
A “KC” prefix was introduced on Korean-made instruments in 1997, designating instrument made in Korea at the Cort factory.
BTW: There's a great write up on them here: Thanks again, Mark Okey dokey, here goes: 2007 Epiphone Les Paul Custom.
Six-digit serial numbers with no preceding letters, with the first number being the year. Turns out, it was built in the Samick factory, in 1989. It's a lovely old thing, and just coming up to 20 years old! Although Fender began producing Fender and Squier instruments in Korea in 1988, its digital records only go back to mid-1993, with little if any information available on serial numbering from 1988 through 1992.It is accepted that there were serial numbers with and without letter prefixes at that time, but as definitive information is lacking, serial-number dating for Korean instruments made before 1993 is highly uncertain.The letter prefix is followed by an eight-digit number, the first two digits of which identify year of manufacture, (i.e., , , etc.).The remaining six digits are the unit identifier, but they are not sequential and do not provide further identification information about the instrument.