Chances are, if at any point in your life you’ve ever considered purchasing an electric guitar, you’ve picked one of these little things up.It’s Fender’s attempt to make sure that every human being on the planet can own something with their name on it.Fender bought a factory in Mexico, slapped their name on it, and now they kick out versions of their most popular guitars, the Telecaster and the Stratocaster faster than Hostess kicks out Twinkies and Cupcakes.Moving past my comparison of the most famous guitars to cream-filled snack foods, most of these Fender Mexico guitars, aren’t really discussed on the Internet.
Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series.
Korean Squiers CN/VN: C = Cor-Tek (Cort), V = Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars), N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.
For example * "CN5" = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1995. KC/KV: KC (Korean Cor-Tek (Cort)) and KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.
The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.
Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.
During the 90's Fender stopped using Alder and used Poplar instead. I don't know how they could put in the catalogue that it's Alder when it's not. If you want a Strat, try every strat you can get your hands on (in your price range) (including, MIA, MIM, CIJ, Squier, indonesian, korean...everything). You can always upgrade hardware/pickups laters if you end up with a cheaper model. The grade and species of wood that certain factories tend to use are dramatically different from country to country.