They were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate (early '50s Strats), and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecasters.But due to the modular nature of Fender's production methods, and the fact that most serial numbers schemes are not sequential and usually overlap from between 2 to 4 years, (from the early days of Fender, through to the mid 1980s), dating by the serial number is not an exact science.Serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments through the years.
Very difficult to date a Samick, except by looking at model details against catalogue models. there's nothing etched, written, or stamped on it anywhere. Oh, and yes, 1bassleft, in the little bit of research that i could do i did read that samicks were made in korea, and that they did manufacture epiphones and a bunch of others =) I've recently had passed down to me a Gordon Smith GS.2.60 electric guitar - it's in very good condition - hardly been used - serial number's 08290 - I was wondering whether anyone could tell me how much it's worth?
i did manage to get a hold of a camera and got a few pictures if anyone is interested in taking a look.
There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted.
Neck dating is useful in determining the age of a guitar, but is not definite.
Mike means, "Regular contributors to other threads who then post up a 'what is my guitar worth?