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How can I find out when my Korean-made instrument was manufactured? How can I find out how old my instrument is?

Although Fender began producing Fender and Squier instruments in Korea in 1988, its digital records only go back to mid-1993, with little if any information available on serial numbering from 1988 through 1992. It is accepted that there were serial numbers with

Digital records beginning in 1993 show some “CN” and “VN” prefixes on the serial numbers of Korean-made instruments (these numbers almost certainly occur before 1993, but there is no documentation of this). Serial numbers

A “KC” prefix was introduced on Korean-made instruments in 1997, designating instrument made in Korea at the Cort factory. The letter prefix is followed by an eight-digit number, the first two digits of which identify year of manufacture, (i.e., 97 for 1997, 98 for 1998, etc.). The remaining six digits are the unit identifier, but they are

The numbers for each year typically overlap, as there is always a transitional period between successive years and as necks and complete instruments that were made and serial numbered late in any given year were used on instruments assembled and sold in the early months of the subsequent year.

As always, dating by serial number is not an exact science and is seldom definitive. These charts are meant only as guides and, due to the absence of thorough and uninterrupted records, hence do not offer complete reliability.

SERIAL NUMBERS | PRODUCTION DATES |

6, 7 and 8 digits |
1988-1996 |

CN0 + 5 digits VN0 + 5 digits |
1990-1991 |

CN1 + 5 digits VN1 + 5 digits |
1991-1992 |

CN2 + 5 digits VN2 + 5 digits |
1992-1993 |

CN3 + 5 digits VN3 + 5 digits |
1993-1994 |

CN4 + 5 digits VN4 + 5 digits |
1994-1995 |

CN5 + 5 digits VN5 + 5 digits |
1995-1996 |

CN6 + 5 digits VN6 + 5 digits |
1996-1997 |

6 digits (6XXXXX, etc.) 7 digits (96XXXXX, etc.) 8 digits (96XXXXXX, etc.) |
1988-1996 |

KC97 + 6 digits 7 digits (96XXXXX, etc.) 8 digits (96XXXXXX, etc.) |
1997-1998 |

KC98 + 6 digits |
1998-1999 |

KC99 + 6 digits | 1999-2000 |

KC00 + 6 digits | 2000-2001 |

KC01 + 6 digits | 2001-2002 |

KC02 + 6 digits | 2002-2003 |

KC03 + 6 digits | 2003-2004 |

KC04 + 6 digits | 2004-2005 |

KC05 + 6 digits | 2005-2006 |

KC06 + 6 digits | 2006-2007 |

KC07 + 6 digits | 2007-2008 |

KC08 + 6 digits | 2008-2009 |

KC09 + 6 digits | 2009-2010 |

KC10 + 6 digits | 2010-2011 |

KC11 + 6 digits | 2011-2012 |

KC12 + 6 digits | 2012 |

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