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In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.

Samick branded models did not start using serials until around 1987.

Also, the Indonesian factory did not use serials from it's opening in 1992 until around 2000.

Check out the picture from the '85/'86 catalog, on the catalog page, to see what I mean.

Seem to have more of an angle to them - close but not exact, this change may have accurred as early as 1982 in the US.

They changed pretty much everything for the “export” market, and export to most makers means anything but US. They have a way of producing black again now so expect it to all go back to the way most of us prefer over of old esp's does not have any serial on the back of the headstock.

If you are lucky you can find a serial written on pencil where the body is bolted to the neck (or in the neck also) or in the pickup cavity.

Find the age of Schneider lenses on the following chart.