Squier bass serial number dating or radiocarbon dating
The neck date simply refers to the date that the neck was produced.
Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, a neck may have been produced in one year, placed in a warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year.
However, this serial will always begin with the "A" letter (Fender Japan serial number chart will not apply in this case), and unfortunately it will be possible to know only if there is a written date on the bottom of the neck (if the neck is the original from the guitar... If there is not anything written, all the parts will have to be analised and compared to the models showed in Fender Japan catalogs over the years...
it is not an easy thing to do and it may not be possible to know the accurate date...
I'm a 37 year old bedroom plank spanker (ooer misses etc) from the UK.
I own quite a few guitars (9 I think), but on inparticular is a favourite of mine: An old Korean Squier Strat that I picked up around 1992.
Six-digit serial numbers with no preceding letters, with the first number being the year. Turns out, it was built in the Samick factory, in 1989. It's a lovely old thing, and just coming up to 20 years old!
There's no doubt that Korea can and did make very nice instruments.
The KC and KV forms are apparently associated with the change to Crafted in Korea.
So, post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number. Well, your post led me on a bit search, nay, mission to find out when my old strat was built.
Stagemaster Deluxe (neck-thru maple necks with basswood wings), and the Double Fat Tele Deluxe (all solid mahogany with set necks), with serial numbers starting with KC for Korean Cort, followed by 2-digit year.
There were also some KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)) serial numbers followed by 2-digit year. Comes with Dimarzio pickups and coil tap on the back pickup (lift the back tone control knob).