Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.

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January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.

Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.

The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.

If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.In addition to the rumour that Mark Knopfler used the Orange Squeezer compressor in the 70ies with Dire Straits for his unique guitar sound, here is a confirmation coming from an interview with Mark himself: In the September 1979 edition of the Portuguese magazin ‘Musica & Som’ we find an interview with Mark, most likely dating from the gig in Freiburg, Germany, June 2, 1979.Mark was asked for hig equipment and answered: MK: “Quanto a guitarras utilizo duas Fender Stratocaster, um modeleo de 1960 e o outro de 62, umo Telecaster; tres Gibson (Les Paul Modelo 1958 – L3 acustica – Blonde 335); uma Baldwin Double 6-12 cordas, tres Ovation (Adamis 12 cordas – Adamis 6 cordas – Legend 6 cordas), duas National Steel.But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.