Dating your fender stratocaster
On the heel of the neck should be a penciled or stamped date with a month and year that it was assembled in.
Other areas that contain Serial Numbers are on the top of the Neck Plate and the front or back of the Head Stock.
Old or new the Hot-Rod's do not hold much value very well, and just depreciate.
If you have one enjoy it, they are ok amps when they work!
Fender began producing instruments in its Ensenada, Mexico, factory in 1990.
Instruments made between 19 carry MN prefix serial numbers, with the M designating Mexico and the N designating the 1990s.
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.
Although it was initially designed with a great deal of input from country and swing guitarists, such was its versatility that the Strat soon caught on with rockers like Buddy Holly and English instrumental band The Shadows, as well as blues, surf, and jazz players of all stripes.