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DATING FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITARS

Unfortunately, our records are not complete enough to provide precise dating information for many Fender acoustic guitars from the early 1960s through the 1970s and 1980s. Although the tables below are as accurate as possible, serial numbers of these acoustic guitars have never been archived and are of no assistance when attempting to date these instruments.

The information contained in this guide was culled from our archives of Fender price lists and catalogs, beginning with 1968. Unknown information is indicated with a question mark.

This guide can help you determine the approximate age of your instrument, what the price range was during its years of production or what it sold for in the last year it was available, and what woods were used in its construction.


DG SERIES (FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITARS IMPORTED FROM CHINA, INDONESIA AND KOREA)

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
DG3 1996 -1998 $319.99 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG5 1995 -1998 $175.99 Nato top, mahogany back and sides
DG10 1995 -1997 $289.99 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG15-BLK Black 1995 -1996 $359.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG15-NAT Natural 1997 -1997 $359.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG15-SB Sunburst 1995 -1996 $359.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG17-NAT 1996 -1998 $219.00 Spruce top, nato back and sides
DG17E-NAT 1996 -1998 $279.00 Spruce top, nato back and sides
DG18-BLK 1996 -1998 $279.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG18-NAT 1996 -1998 $279.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG18-SB 1996 -1998 $279.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG18 LH 1996 -1998 $279.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG18-12-NAT 1996 -1998 $269.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG18CE 1996 -1998 $249.00 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG19 1996 -1998 $319.00 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
DG19CE-NAT 1996 -1998 $429.00 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
DG19CE-SB 1996 -1998 $429.00 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
DG30-12 1996-1996 $519.00 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG30S 1996-1996 $519.00 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG30S LH 1996-1996 $549.00 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG30SCE-BLK 1996-1996 $779.00 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG30SCE-NAT 1996-1996 $779.00 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG30SCE-SB 1996-1996 $779.00 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG31-12 1996-1999 $529.99 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG31S 1996-1999 $549.99 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG31S LH 1996-1999 $559.99 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG31SCE-BLK 1996-1999 $799.99 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG31SCE-CSB 1996-1997 $799.99 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG31SCE-NAT 1996-1999 $799.99 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
DG40S 1996-1996 $589.00 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
DG40S-12 1996-1996 $639.00 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
DG40SCE-NAT 1996-1996 $949.00 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
DG95 1996-1996 ?200.00 Spruce top, nato back and sides

SPRING HILL SERIES (HANDMADE FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITARS MADE IN SPRING HILL, TENN.

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
LS-10 1994 to 1996 $1,775.00 Solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides
LS-20 1994 to 1996 $1,975.00 Solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides
LS-20 LH 1994 to 1996 $2,075.00 Solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides
LS-30 1994 to 1996 $2,075.00 Solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides
LS-40C 1994 to 1996 $1,975.00 Solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides
LS-50C 1994 to 1996 $2,175.00 Solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides
LS-60C 1994 to 1996 $2,275.00 Solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides
SB-15 1994 to 1996 $1,875.00 Solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides
SB-15SB 1994 to 1996 $1,925.00 Solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides
SB-25 1994 to 1996 $2,075.00 Solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides
SB-25SB 1994 to 1996 $2,125.00 solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides
SB-35 1994 to 1996 $2,175.00 Solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides
SB-45C 1994 to 1996 $2,075.00 Solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides
SB-55C 1994 to 1996 $2,275.00 Solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides
SB-65C 1994 to 1996 $2,375.00 Solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides

AG SERIES (ACOUSTIC GUITARS IMPORTED FROM KOREA)

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
AG10 1994-1995 $239 to $269 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
AG15 1994-1995 $259 to $289 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
AG20 1994-1995 $281 to $299 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
AG21 1995-1995 $251 to $289 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
AG22 1995-1995 $251 to $289 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
AG23 1995-1995 $310 to $329 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
AG25 1994-1995 $337 to $355 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides

SX/CX SERIES (ACOUSTIC GUITARS IMPORTED FROM KOREA)

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
200SX 1995-1995 $210 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
600SX 1994-1995 $449 Spruce top, nato back and sides
800SX 1994-1995 $519 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
1000SX 1992-1995 $709 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
1100SX 1992-1995 $819 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
1105SXE 1992-1994 $989 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
1200SX 1992-1994 $964 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
1300SX 1992-1994 $1,173 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
1500SX 1992-1994 $964 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
1505SX 1992-1994 $1,015 Solid spruce top, sycamore back and sides
1600SXE 1993-1994 $1,066 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
150CX 1995-1995 $179 Spruce top, meranti back and sides
2100CX 1994-1995 $679 Solid cedar top, ovangkol back and sides

GEMINI SERIES (ACOUSTIC GUITARS IMPORTED FROM KOREA, DISTRIBUTED IN THE U.S. BY MIDCO)

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
Gemini I (Classical) 1984-1988 $140 to $165 Spruce top, nato back and sides
Gemini II 1984-1987 $165 to $189 Spruce top, nato back and sides
Gemini IIE (Electric) 1987-1990 $240 to $260 Spruce top, nato back and sides
Gemini III (Black) 1987-1988 $199 to $209 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Gemini IV (White) 1987-1990 $220 to $240 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides

CALIFORNIA SERIES (ACOUSTIC GUITARS IMPORTED FROM JAPAN FROM ABOUT 1982 TO 1985, THEN IMPORTED FROM KOREA FROM ABOUT 1985 TO 1992)

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
Avalon (Folk) 1985-1992 $315 to $370 Spruce top, nato back and sides
Balboa 1983-1987 $535 to $650 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Capistrano 1983-1987 $450 to $525 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
Catalina 1983-1992 $295 to $370 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Concord 1987-1992 $185 to $320 Spruce top, nato back and sides
Del Mar 1983-1989 $335 to $340 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
El Rio 1983-1987 $595 to $520 Solid spruce top, sycamore back and sides
La Brea (Black) 1987-1992 $345 to $495 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
La Brea (Maple) 1992-1995 $535 to $510 Spruce top, flame maple back and sides
La Brea (Natural) 1990-1992 $435 to $495 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
La Brea (Sunburst) 1990-1992 $435 to $495 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Laguna 1986-1988 $395 to $475 Spruce top, redwood back and sides
Malibu 1983-1992 $325 to $410 Sycamore top, back and sides
Montara (Black) 1990-1992 $575 to $695 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Montara (Maple) 1992-1995 $675 to $780 Spruce top, flame maple back and sides
Montara (Natural) 1990-1992 $575 to $695 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Montara (Sunburst) 1990-1992 $575 to $695 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Montclair 1987-1988 $415 to $435 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Newporter 1983-1992 $235 to $330 Mahogany top, back and sides
Redondo 1983-1990 $250 to $340 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
San Luis Rey 1990-1995 $385 to $444 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
San Marino 1990-1992 $325 to $370 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
San Miguel 1990-1992 $310 to $355 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Santa Maria XII 1988-1992 $310 to $375 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Santa Rosa 1989-1990 $739 Basswood? Semi-solid body electric/acoustic

STANDARD SERIES (ACOUSTIC GUITARS IMPORTED FROM ASIA, DISTRIBUTED IN THE U.S. BY MIDICO)

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
F200 1982-1988 $245 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F210 1982-1988 $265 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F210S 1988-1990 $325 Solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F210LH 1982-1988 $265 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F220SB 1982-1988 $275 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F230 1982-1988 $325 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F230CE 1988-1990 $425 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F240A 1982-1988 $330 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F250 1982-1988 $380 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F260S 1987-1987 $510 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F265C 1987-1987 $425 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F270SCE 1987-1987 $630 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F310-12 1985-1988 $265 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F330-12 1982-1987 $375 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F360S-12 1987-1987 $535 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
FC100 1982-1988 $225 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
FC110 1982-1988 $225 Spruce top, ovangkol back and sides
FC120 1982-1988 $295 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
FC130S 1987-1987 $395 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides

"F" SERIES (ACOUSTIC GUITARS IMPORTED FROM ASIA)

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
F1000 1969-1973 $33 Laminated hardwoods
F1010 1969-1973 $40 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F1030 1969-1973 $60 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F1040 (Classical) 1969-1973 $110 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F1050 1969-1973 $100 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F1060 1969-1973 $120 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F1070-12 1969-1973 $197 Laminated hardwoods
F115 1977-1987 $835 Solid spruce, top jacaranda back and sides
F15 (Concert) 1973-1981 $170 Spruce top, nato back and sides
F25 (Auditorium) 1972-1981 $200 Spruce top, nato back and sides
F3 1981-1981 $150 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F35 1972-1981 $215 Spruce top, obankole back and sides
F45 1972-1974 $150 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F5 1980-1981 $175 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F5-12 1980-1981 $195 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
F50 1980-1980 $355 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F55-12 1972-1980 $270 Spruce top, bubinga back and sides
F65 1972-1981 $270 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F75 1974-1980 $320 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F80-12 1977-1981 $365 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F85 1974-1980 $415 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides
F95 1974-1980 $520 Solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides
FC10 (Classical) 1972-1981 $150 Spruce top, mahogany or chitora back and sides
FC10 ¾ (Classical) 1972-1981 $140 Spruce top, nato back and sides
FC20 (Classical) 1972-1981 $185 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides
FC30 (Classical) 1972-1981 $240 Cedar top, rosewood back and sides
FC40 (Classical) 1972-1981 $260 Cedar top, rosewood back and sides
FJ70 (Jumbo) 1980-1981 $360 Solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides

EARLY U.S.-MADE FENDER ACOUSTIC GUITARS

These early U.S.-made acoustics had laminated construction, bolt-on necks, through-body tension rods and Stratocaster® "styled" headstocks.

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
Concert 1963 - 1970 $255 to $310 Spruce top; mahogany, rosewood, vermilion, or zebrawood back and sides
Folk 1963 - 1964 $? Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Kingman 1965 - 1971 $280 to $394 Spruce top, rosewood or vermilion back and sides
Malibu 1965 - 1971 $170 to $240 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Newporter 1965 - 1971 $130 to $194 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Palomino 1968 - 1971 $210 to $299 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Redondo 1969 - 1971 $160 to $220 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Shenandoa XII 1965 - 1971 $300 to $440 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Villager XII 1965 - 1969 $200 to $289 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
Wildwood 1966 - 1971 $365 to $385 Spruce top, dyed figured beechwood back and sides

TARREGA ACOUSTIC GUITARS

These early acoustics were made in Sweden and imported and distributed by Fender from the mid- to late 1960s. They used laminated construction.

MODEL YEARS MSRP MATERIALS
FT108 (Flat-top) ? to 1968 $135 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
FT110 (Concert) ? to 1968 $116 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
FT111 (Concert) ? to 1968 $129 Spruce top, maple back and sides
FT112 (Grand Concert) ? to 1968 $169 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
FT113 (Grand Concert) ? to 1968 $210 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
FT114 (Grand Concert) ? to 1968 $221 Spruce top, maple back and sides
FT115 (Grand Concert) ? to 1968 $257 Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
FT116 (Grand Concert) ? to 1968 $362 Spruce top, rosewood back and sides

REGAL ACOUSTIC GUITARS

These early acoustics were distributed by Fender from the mid- to late 1960s. They used laminate construction. There is very little detailed information on them.

MODEL YEARS MSRP Description
R-200 ? to 1969 $30.00 Student model flat-top Spanish guitar
R-205 ? to 1969 $39.50 Student concert grand flat-top
R-210 ? to 1969 $72.50 Standard-size flat-top Spanish guitar
R-215 ? to 1969 $72.50 Tenor guitar
R-218 ? to 1969 $52.50 Folk, concert grand
R-220 ? to 1969 $84.50 Regal classic guitar
R-230 ? to 1969 $87.50 Auditorium-size flat-top Spanish guitar
R-235 ? to 1969 $94.50 Jumbo flat-top Spanish guitar
R-240 ? to 1969 $49.50 Student auditorium-size archtop guitar
R-250 ? to 1969 $99.50 Auditorium grand archtop guitar
R-251 ? to 1969 $105.50 Auditorium grand archtop guitar
R-260 ? to 1969 $124.50 Cutaway auditorium grand archtop guitar
R-261 ? to 1969 $129.50 Cutaway auditorium grand archtop guitar
R-265 (3/4 size) ? to 1969 $95.50 3/4-size student electric
R-270 ? to 1969 $149.50 Electric single-cutaway archtop, thin body
R-272 ? to 1969 $189.50 Electric single-cutaway archtop, thin body
R-273 ? to 1969 $229.50 Electric double-cutaway archtop, thin body
R-275 Baritone Ukulele ? to 1969 $54.50 Baritone ukulele