Dating a squier strat
The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years.In mid-1954 Fender changed the location of serial numbers to the neckplate. Because different companies did the stamping of the serial numbers on neckplates they vary in location and layout.So, the company just used the L Plates not wanting to let them go to waste.
This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.0001 to 6000 = 1954 6000 to 9000 = 1955 9000 to 16000 = 1956 16000 to 25000 = 1957 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix) 25000 to 30000 = 1958 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix) 30000 to 40000 = 1959 40000 to 58000 = 1960 55000 to 72000 = 1961 72000 to 93000 = 1962 93000 to 99999 = 1963Called an “L Plate,” Fender neckplates started showing up with LXXXXX numbers sometime in 1963. It was an error by the company that produced the neckplate stamping for Fender.Fender was using up their neckplates with numbers under 100,000.So, they ordered neckplates that were supposed to have numbers above 100,000.But the stamper misread the order and thought that the number “1” was an “L” and so instead of plates starting with 100,000 they started with L00,000. But it took a while to manufacture and number the plates.