Serial Number dating?

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  1. gregomatic

    gregomatic Squier-Nut

    752
    Mar 28, 2011
    Arkansas
    Couldn't find much by way of Google other than a wiki article, but it left me dead ended...I think.

    "Chinese & Taiwanese Squiers
    CY: C = China, Y = Yako (Taiwan), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.
    For example
    "CY97" = made by Yako in 1997."


    So with that rationality my bass with it's serial # starting with CY41 would've been made in 1941...I think not. Did they perhaps after 1999 drop the first digit of the year which would possibly make this an '04?

    Any help would be appreciated, i'm very un-knowledgeable in this category.
     
  2. stratphobic

    stratphobic Squier-holic

    Jan 15, 2011
    Van Buren, Arkansas
    have you looked for a date on the neck heel? that might shed some light
     
  3. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Dr. Squier

    Age:
    47
    Dec 14, 2009
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    I think it may have been made by Yako the Clown , , sry I could'nt resist. :eek:
     
  4. gregomatic

    gregomatic Squier-Nut

    752
    Mar 28, 2011
    Arkansas
    I was trying to avoid that if possible, but if it's a necessity to tell the date then it will just have to wait until the weekend...

    No big deal at all really, I was just curious.

    Thanks for the advice though!
     
  5. gregomatic

    gregomatic Squier-Nut

    752
    Mar 28, 2011
    Arkansas
    I've never seen any bass making clowns, only the kind that make weird balloon poodles and such. Hahaha.
     
  6. pictoratus

    pictoratus Squier-Nut

    781
    Apr 10, 2010
    Texas
    I think it may be a 94. Reading this:

    seems to suggest it may have been made prior to 96 and, while getting the newer origin prefix of CY still used the single year numerator for a 90's model.


    Then again, it could be something totally different! :D ;)
     
  7. fenderfreak

    fenderfreak Squier-holic

    Nov 17, 2010
    Upper Midwest USA
    First 4 digits are the month/year....

    Mine: CY0002, meaning Feb of 02. Seems to work on every CY/ICS Strat at GC/Sam Ash...

    Hope this helps.
     
  8. stratphobic

    stratphobic Squier-holic

    Jan 15, 2011
    Van Buren, Arkansas
    the serial number says nothing about the month. first 2 numbers are the year.
     
  9. gregomatic

    gregomatic Squier-Nut

    752
    Mar 28, 2011
    Arkansas
    I'm taking that neck off tomorrow...gonna solve this mystery!
     
  10. rompo

    rompo Dr. Squier

    Jan 24, 2010
    ARKANSAS
    It may not be on the neck heel. I would guess 94...or 04.........yeah.
     
  11. stratphobic

    stratphobic Squier-holic

    Jan 15, 2011
    Van Buren, Arkansas
    true. tis a squier
     
  12. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Dr. Squier

    Age:
    47
    Dec 14, 2009
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    Loosen the strings down a bit, then capo the strings at the first fret. Then unscrew the neck and you won't have to burn a set of strings. If that matters to ya, I know bass strings are not cheap.
     
  13. gregomatic

    gregomatic Squier-Nut

    752
    Mar 28, 2011
    Arkansas
    Capo the first fret! Allroy, you just solved a problem I have had more to times then I can count. Thanks! I learn something new on here every day. : )
     
  14. vintageguitarz

    vintageguitarz Squier Talker

    82
    Aug 2, 2011
    So Cal
    Just need to correct this very wrong information that shows up in too many threads.

    "Yako" in NOT a Taiwanese manufacturer, Yako Musical Instruments is in Zhangzhou CHINA. Like many companies with only administrative offices in Taiwan, nothing is made there, the Factory is in China (Zhangzhou). See Google Earth.

    http://panjiva.com/Yako-Musical-Instruments-Zhangzhou/1323568

    Cheers.
     
  15. cybermgk

    cybermgk Squier-Nut

    625
    Sep 18, 2011
    Northern Il
    I'm betting it was made in 94, using the common 1 number year of pre 97 numbers, from other factories?
     
  16. rompo

    rompo Dr. Squier

    Jan 24, 2010
    ARKANSAS
    1994...I would have been 14...
     

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