Below you will find all of the sequences for fender serial numbers, excluding Squire.

Japanese

Mexican

American

Here is the Fender Japan sequence...

JV + 5 DIGITS 1982-1984 SQ + 5 DIGITS 1983-1984 E + 6 DIGITS 1984-1987 A + 6 DIGITS 1985-1986 B + 6 DIGITS 1985-1986 C + 6 DIGITS 1985-1986 F + 6 DIGITS 1986-1987 G + 6 DIGITS 1987-1988 H + 6 DIGITS 1988-1989 I + 6 DIGITS 1989-1990 J + 6 DIGITS 1989-1990 K + 6 DIGITS 1990-1991 L + 6 DIGITS 1991-1992 M + 6 DIGITS 1992-1993 N + 6 DIGITS 1993-1994 O + 6 DIGITS 1993-1994 P + 6 DIGITS 1993-1994 Q + 6 DIGITS 1993-1994 S + 6 DIGITS 1994-1995 T + 6 DIGITS 1994-1995 U + 6 DIGITS 1995-1996 V + 6 DIGITS 1996-1997 |

Note: I think it may have recently wrapped around to an "A" prefix again.

Here is how to decode the mexican serial #'s

First letter (M) means MEXICO Second Letter (eg. N) means ninety, E means eighty and so on. Third digit = second half of decade (eg. N7 means 97) The last six digits is the number that the guitar is for that year (eg. 143709 means that it is the 143709th guitar made that year). So altogether that means that MN7143709 was the 143709th guitar made in 1997. |

Here's the american sequences.

SERIAL NUMBERS |
PRODUCTION DATES |

Up to 6000 | 1950 to 1954 |

Up to 10,000 | 1954 to 1956 |

10,000s | 1955 to 1956 |

10,000s to 20,000s | 1957 |

20,000s to 30,000s | 1958 |

30,000s to 40,000s | 1959 |

40,000s to 50,000s | 1960 |

50,000s to 70,000s | 1961 |

60,000s to 90,000s | 1962 |

80,000s to 90,000s | 1963 |

90,000s up to L10,000s | 1963 |

L10,000s up to L20,000s | 1963 |

L20,000s up to L50,000s | 1964 |

L50,000s up to L90,000s | 1965 |

100,000s | 1965 |

100,000s to 200,000s | 1966 to 1967 |

200,000s | 1968 |

200,000s to 300,000s | 1969 to 1970 |

300,000s | 1971 to 1972 |

300,000s to 500,000s | 1973 |

400,000s to 500,000s | 1974 to 1975 |

500,000s to 700,000s | 1976 |

76 + 5 DIGITS S6 + 5 DIGITS | 1976 |

S7 + 5 DIGITS S8 + 5 DIGITS | 1977 |

S7 + 5 DIGITS S8 + 5 DIGITS S9 + 5 DIGITS | 1978 |

S9 + 5 DIGITS E0 + 5 DIGITS | 1979 |

S9 + 5 DIGITS E0 + 5 DIGITS E1 + 5 DIGITS | 1980 |

S9 + 5 DIGITS E0 + 5 DIGITS E1 + 5 DIGITS | 1981 |

EI + 5 DIGITS E2 + 5 DIGITS E3 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1982 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

E2 + 5 DIGITS E3 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1983 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

E3 + 5 DIGITS E4 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1984 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

E3 + 5 DIGITS E4 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1985 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1986 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

E4 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1987 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

E4 + 5 DIGITS E8 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1988 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

E8 + 5 DIGITS E9 + 5 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1989 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

E9 + 5 DIGITS N9 + 5 DIGITS N0 + 5 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1990 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |

N0 + 5 DIGITS N1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1991 |

N1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1992 |

N2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1993 |

N3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1994 |

N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1995 |

N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N6 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1996 |

N6 + 6 or 6 DIGITS N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1997 |

N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1998 |

N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1999 |

N3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1994 |

N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1995 |

N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N6 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1996 |

N6 + 6 or 6 DIGITS N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1997 |

N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1998 |

N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1999 |

N3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1994 |

N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1995 |

N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N6 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1996 |

N6 + 6 or 6 DIGITS N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1997 |

N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1998 |

N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) | 1999 |

AMXN + 6 DIGITS | California Series electric guitars and basses,'97 and '98 |

DN + 6 DIGITS | American Deluxe series instruments, '98 and '99 |

NC(XXXXXX) | Squier Strat Bullets (dating unclear) |

FN(XXXXXX) | US made guitars and basses destined for the export market. Some may have stayed in the U.S or found their way back (Made to Standard Strat specs, dating unclear) |

I(XXXXXXX) | A limited number of these "I" series guitars were made in '89 and '90. They were made for the export market and have Made in USA stamped on the heel of the neck. |

LE(XXXXXX) | Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994. Sold as a promotional 3 piece set with a Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp |

CN(XXXXXX) VN(XXXXXX) | Korean made Fender/Squier guitars (dating unclear) |

CA(XXXXX) | Gold Strat 1981, 82 and 83 |

CB(XXXXX) | Precision Bass Special from 1981, CB(XXXXX) Gold Jazz Bass from 1982 |

CC(XXXXX) | Walnut Strat 1981-82-83 |

CE(XXXXX) | Precision Bass Special from 1981, Black and Gold Tele from 1981-82 |

CD(XXXXX) CO(XXXXX) | Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982 |

GO(XXXXX) | Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982, Gold Strat 1982-83 |

D(XXXXXX) | Jazz Bass from 1982 |

SE(XXXXXX) SN(XXXXXX) | Signature Edition Strats |

3 DIGITS OF 500 | 35^{TH} Anniversary Strat from 1989-1990 |

G(XXXXXX) | "STRAT" from about 1980, (Gold hardware, 2 position rotary tone switch) |

4 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE | U.S. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck date for specific year) |

5 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE | U.S. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1988-present (Check neck date for specific year) |

The above info is courtesy of Fender.com