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Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.
Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.
Dating a Fender Guitar by it’s Serial Number can be a little tricky.
In most cases you can only get a ball park range for your production date.
and serial numbers were added, beginning with #8000.
First, they stamped the logo on the back of the peghead (from circa 1895).
For years, SERIAL NUMBERS have been used in various locations on Fender instruments, such as the top of the neck plate, the front or back of the headstock and the back of the neck near the junction with the body.