History Fender, under the ownership of CBS, acquired the Squier brand name in 1965 when it bought a USA based string making firm, but it lay dormant for many years .
Before the Fender Squier series were introduced in 1982, Fender were making lower priced guitars such as the Fender Lead series at their Fullerton California plant.
The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced.
Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year.
Serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments through the years.
Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.
Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas?
The lower priced Fender guitars were made in America and could not compete with the lower prices of Japanese made Fender copies.
In the early 1980s, Japanese labor and production costs were much lower than in America and to compete with the Japanese made guitars, Fender moved the lower priced Fender guitar production from America to Japan.