This new scheme is now used on the majority of Fender instruments made in Mexico, with certain exceptions.
EXCEPTIONS The Jim Root Telecaster, James Burton Standard Telecaster, Buddy Guy Stratocaster (polka dot model), Robert Cray Stratocaster and Jimmie Vaughan Stratocaster use an “MSN” serial number prefix.
instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.
"Small" peghead, round string tree, truss rod adjusts at butt. Serial number on neck plate (except April to May 1954 models on back tremolo plate).
Neck is 1 piece of maple with black dot position markers.
Bottom of fingerboard (part glued to maple) is arched. This transitions in with the smaller side dots becoming pearl after the larger 1/4" top dots become pearl.
Gold Fender peghead decal thicker than previous "spaghetti" logo. Plastic white three layer pickguard replaces celluloid. Maple fingerboard optional (2 piece neck, no "skunk stripe").
The “10” prefix was designed to identify the first year of the second decade of the new millennium, and while it appears on the instrument decals, it was not captured in Fender’s operating system.
Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database.
This new numbering scheme was short-lived and was replaced only a few months later by an improved scheme that identifies an instrument’s country of origin and year of manufacture in the body of the serial number.
This new scheme uses the letters “MX” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in Mexico, followed by an eight-digit number.
The first two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture, (, , etc.).
The following six digits are the unit identifier, although it should be noted that these final six numbers are not sequential and do not provide any other identification information about the instrument.
A small aluminum sheilding plate is installed underneath the pickguard that covers the control cavity. Also available without tremolo (known as a "hardtail" model). Sunburst finish changed to three colors (red added).