Dating fender guitar
The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix). I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.
Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series.
"3" indicates 1993, or a"93" would indicate the same).
Some top of the line Epiphones were producedin the U. at either Gibson's Nashville or Montana facilities in the 1990s.
Although the "American" Series guitars were made by ESPin Japan, they were assembled in the US.
In general, the following is a goodway to determine if your Kramer is USA made or an "American" series: The following wood neck guitar models were NOT Made in USA or "American" Series guitars.
Finally, ifyour Kramer came with a Floyd Rose II, Floyd Rose with no fine tuners, or a Floyd Rose unit that does not require the ball ends of the strings to be cut off, it is an overseas model.
In 1993, a structure was developed where the number (or pair of numbers) following the initialletter indicates the year of production (i.e.
The new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender".
Hence during 1985 to 1987, production of Fender guitars was only done in Japan, while USA Fender created a new factory in California. BUT note that the "E" and "N" series does sometimes appear on "made in Japan" models. In any case, if it says "made in Japan", then it is... Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things.
b12345) The only exceptionto this would be some of the "E" and "F" series neckplates did have one letter followed by fiveletters (e.g. XL-1234) 5) A chrome or black neck plate with nothing on it but a Kramer headstockand a serial number stamped on them.
These neck plates are smooth flat neck plateswith no "Neptune, N. Keep in mind that just because the neckplate is imprinted with "Kramer, Neptune, NJ" does NOT mean that the guitar was Made in the USA or an "American" series.