So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.
Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model.
SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1965 to 1976 In 1982 the Vintage Series of guitars was introduced.
The vintage series used a "V" prefix in serial numbers.
IC: I = Indonesia, C = Cor-Tek (Cort), the serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.
These serial numbers did not identify the country of origin in the body of the number.
Fender lists historical sales data and dating information on this blog for free.
Fender Blog is a free used guitar Price Guide Price List to find values of all Fender guitars, basses, amps and more.
Our serial number guide shows approximate date of manufacture.
For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise idea of the date of manufacture.