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KC, KV KC (Korean Cor-Tek (Cort)) and KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)), the prefix is followed by a 2 number year. Examples: KC97 = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1997 KV97 = made by Saehan(Sunghan) in 1997 S, E S = Samick, E = Young Chang, E letter serial numbers were used on Young Chang's Fenix brand guitars. The first guitars made in Korea are those with serial number written in silver E1 6 digits Examples: E1 6 digits with silver serial = made by Samick in 1987-88 S9 = made by Samick in 1989 E0 = made by Sung-Eum in 1990 E1 with black serial = made by Sung-Eum in 1991.
The S and E serial number prefix Korean Squiers are from the late 1980s/early 1990s. M – The first number following the prefix is the year. Used in early 90's, featured the a high gloss maple neck with a slimmer 40mm body made from plywood.
Serial numbers are also helpful in determining an instrument`s production year.
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.
6 or 7-digit number Examples: VN7xxxxxx = 1997 made by Saehan/Sunghan.
Example: M1xxxxxx = 1991 No prefix – The first 2 numbers following the prefix is the year. The plant from which the COB serial number prefix models originate remains a mystery.
No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them.
Example: ICS10xxxxxx = 2010 IS – The first 2 numbers following the prefix is the year. Example: SI08xxxxxxx = 2008 Some Squier IIs were made in India around 1989-1990. Made in India Squier IIs seem to follow the made in USA serial numbering scheme.
For example, a 1990 made in India Squier II serial number would start with N0 plus 5 digits.
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.