This new numbering scheme was short-lived and was replaced only a few months later by an improved scheme that identifies an instrument’s country of origin and year of manufacture in the body of the serial number.This new scheme uses the letters “MX” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in Mexico, followed by an eight-digit number.I've seen this guitar around my house since I was a child and know that I know how to play the guitar I use it.
A new serial-numbering scheme was adopted toward the end of 2009 using the number “10” as a prefix, followed by a space, followed by seven digits.
Look on the headstock of the guitar to find the serial number for a Fender Stratocaster. The serial number is typically a numeral preceded by one or two letters.
During the first 14 years of Stratocaster production, the serial numbers were only numerals; from 1963 on, the numerals were preceded by a combination of one or two letters. Fender gives the date ranges as follows: Serial numbers corresponding to 1-6,000 mean the guitar was created during the first five production years of Fender Stratocasters: 1950 through 1954.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.
instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.