I found some information on an ebay forum relating to a similar topic, it looks like the guitar may be a Chinese fake. I don't think SRV or Rory G were too bothered by it either judging by their guitars. (kind of feel dumb now lol) Oh well, other people will find it someday and it will be helpful for them. My MN2 Strat was bought brand new in 93 (Texas Special upgrade btw) and it has a space between.
Watch out for serial numbers like this in future and stay well away from them. Post edited by: Crazy Train, at: 2007/12/04 Yeah Slash, it could do I guess but I'm no expert in that department tbh so I'll have leave that debate to you professionals out there! Perhaps it depends on various things (like impact, location etc.) but indeed that would be known only from experience with such a guitar Haha. I know for a fact buy the build and components that it is a early mexican Stratocaster. MIM Fenders are fantastic guitars, and I can say from personal experience that the Made In China Fenders are also top-notch.
A friend of mine recently bought a MIM Strat circa 1992. We've never come across this before and he didn't notice it before purchase.
The space is between the MN2 and the 6 digit number.
I'm going to put together a Strat and I don't want some cheap knock-off clone/copy for a body. Well, sometimes early models have the date actually printed on the end of the neck that gets bolted onto the body....is hidden until you take off the neck........................is in addition to the usual serial number place.....................if you have access to the original neck from the body you want, information could be gleaned........... You can get strat bodies, not made by fender, that are very nice.
If you going to build a guitar from scratch anyway...don't you just order a body and neck made of the wood you choose.
The only way to determine actual date of the guitar dating before CBS is to look at the dates on each part of the instrument (body, neck, pot dates).Link to e Bay forum: Post edited by: admin, at: 2007/06/22 Post edited by: admin, at: 2007/06/22 Thanks alot everyone..a little more history gained..still no answers to my 'EE' serial number... What I do know though is that Rory G's strat sounded as sweet as they come, but thats only my opinion of course. I own a Martin 12-string that was made in CF Martin's production facility in Mexico, and it is an unbelievably-awesome guitar.I guess it STANDS FOR EIGHTY EIGHT but have never seen EE b4 only E8 for the same year....please someone put me out of my misery!!!! Steviesam after reading up some about it, it seems many people do relate the EE number to early american standards (years 1985-1988). You might find this (please click) Fender website helpful Post edited by: Slash, at: 2007/08/15 The "EE" designation is an "export" designation on the serial number. Bought around Jan 1987, American Standard Gunmetal blue with white pickguard. By entering this site you declare you read and agreed to its Terms, Rules & Privacy and you understand that your use of the site's content is made at your own risk and responsibility.Dating a Fender guitar with the serial number is a hit or miss propisition.It helps narrow things down, but in most cases is an inexact science. It's possible that in some body cavity there may be a date as well, (or should be) because part of the problem with dating Fenders, is that sometimes newer or older necks were assembled to newer/older bodies around the time when Fender was sold to a certain huge corporation.............. The neck has the same date as the date stamped in the neck cavity. I would find a neck I liked (probably WOULD go with a genuine fender there) ..in the neck mesurements and have a nice one piece swamp ash body made for me.