Note: in October 2010, some artist models switched to the new MX10 numbering scheme.
The Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster and Duff Mc Kagan P Bass use an MSZ serial number prefix.
And where a demand is - there are some who want to make a profit and get in the business of duplicating and selling it for the real deal.
Before buying a 73 tele neck I will collect as much info on Fender neck date stamps so I won't end up with an expensive copy. This page will grow in time - I haven't all date pictures yet.
The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced.
This new scheme is now used on the majority of Fender instruments made in Mexico, with certain exceptions.
EXCEPTIONS The Jim Root Telecaster, James Burton Standard Telecaster, Buddy Guy Stratocaster (polka dot model), Robert Cray Stratocaster and Jimmie Vaughan Stratocaster use an MSN serial number prefix.
The numbers for each year typically overlap, as there is always a transitional period between successive years and as necks that are made and serial numbered late in any given year are used on instruments assembled in the early months of the following year.
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.
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.