Chinese / Taiwan Fender serial numbers
Information on the Chinese Fender serial numbers is hard to find but this is what I found:
Most of the Chinese Fender serial numbers start with the prefix Y or CY.
"Y" stands for the factory in Yako (Taiwan). Chinese Fender serial numbers that starts with "YN" means that it was build in the Yako factory and in the nineties (1990s). Just like the American Fender serial numbers the first number following the serial number prefix is the year of production.
- "YN5" = made by Yako in 1995.
The "CY" means that is was build in China by Yako. Here the fender serial number prefix is followed by a 2 number year.
- "CY97" = made by Yako in 1997.
CY, COS, or COB serials are usually used on Crafted in China Squiers. Some Chinese made Gretsch guitars also have a CY serial number.
Other Chinese serials are "CD", "CT", "CJ" and "NC". The "C" stands for China, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year. Probably made in the Yako-plant (Taiwan).
The plant from which the COB serial numbers prefix models originate remains a mystery. No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them.
Some Squiers that are sold only in the Chinese and Asian markets are made by Axl in China, these guitars usually have the serial number starting with CXS; with the 'X' standing for 'Axl'.
Squier Classic Vibe series guitars/basses serial numbers start with CG. e.g. CGSxxxxxxx
More info about the Chinese Fender serial numbers can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squier