Dating bullet squier
Six-digit serial numbers with no preceding letters, with the first number being the year. CY appears on most models produced in China, and is by far the most common form.
Squier II's could not possibly have been assembled before 1987/88, as these represent the transition to Indian and then Korean production, and all the ramifications of such (the serial numbers can be off by years for these particular axes, and neck dates may also be misleading). This form is associated with Made in China Affinitys (with the standard body thickness of 45mm/1.75). These forms are apparently associated with the change to Crafted in China, so post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number. YN is associated with 'made in china' rather than 'crafted in china' and 1996 was the year they swapped to 'crafted in china' and mostly CY prefixes.
This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built.
Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number.
Squier Classic Vibe series guitars/basses serial numbers start with CG.
So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb, and finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument.
So, post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number.
His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time.
Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day.
There is a chart on the fender website to estimate the era your fender is from, but I can't find a way to lookup the age of my squier. The Japanese MIJ Squiers were made by Fuji Gen up to 1997 and the Japanese CIJ Squiers were made by Tokai and Dyna from 1997.
Is there any site or database that can help with that sorta' thing? Mexican Squiers: M stands for Mexico, the second character refers to the decade: N represents Nineties (1990's). So, for example "MN8" = made by Fender at Ensenada Mexico in 1998.