Dating fender stratocaster mim
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.
Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.
The code on potentiometers gives information about the manufacturer and the year and week when it is made.
The numbers and decals are produced far in advance.
Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. The E stands for the decade of the eighties, and was introduced in 1979.