Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database.These serial numbers did not identify the country of origin in the body of the number.Production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise idea of the date of manufacture.
SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1950's to 1964 In early 1965, Fender was sold to the CBS.
The old Fender serial number scheme did not change immediately as CBS to use up existing parts and use existing tooling however a large F logo was added to the neck plate shortly after the accquisition.
Perhaps the best way to date the Vintage series is to carefully remove the necek and check the bottom of the neck for a production date.
instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.