You can use this Fender serial number decoder to date a Fender guitar. The tool works for most Fender electric guitars including the Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender bass guitars, Fender Squier models and many custom shop and reissue models (although some cannot be dated by serial number). If this tool fails you can also get the date by using my pot decoder. To date a Fender acoustic guitar try my Fender acoustic guitar dater.
There are a number of possible locations for the serial number on a Fender guitar. These include the top of the neck plate, somewhere on the headstock, on the bridge plate or the back of the neck near the body.
Enter the Fender's serial number and select if your guitar was made in USA, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Indonesia or China.
If this fails to return a result or you disagree with it I encourage you to get in contact with me. I will personally look into it, attempt to get you a date and anything I find out will go into improving this tool.