You would think after nearly 40 years of producing guitars, Fender would have a standardized serial number system down by now, right? The Korean Fender serial numbers are just as scattered and confusing as all the rest of their guitars.
Fender admits that there is little to no information about the serial numbers from 1988-1993.Some of the serial numbers have lettered prefixes and some don't.What we do know about the early Korean days was that there were three different plants: the Samick pant, the Young Chang plant, and the Sung-Eum plant.Guitars produced by Samick used a serial number starting with an "S" followed by six digits.Whether you inherited your instrument or bought it at a swap meet, you're probably curious about its provenance.Most gear has a serial number, either printed on a label inside it or stamped into the headstock or neck plate.
Use our dating guides below to figure out when your instrument was made and where it came from. Feel free to check out appraisal services here as well.If you don't see the brand you're looking for, check back soon - we're adding more all the time. Check out our free price guide for thousands of instruments. We base our price estimates on real world transactions and record them in our entries so you can see what your instrument has sold for in the past. Just like many other companies in the late 1980s, Fender decided to start manufacturing products in Korea.As with any new product line, Fender came up with a new numbering system for these guitars.