Korean Fender serial numbers
Fender started manufacturing products in Korea in the late 80’s and they came up with a complete new numbering system for those guitars.
The Korean Fender serial numbers are just as messy and complicated as with all the rest of their guitars. Here we’ll explain you everything and help you understand Korean Fenders serial numbers.
1988 – 1993 Korean Fender serial numbers
In 1988 Fender began producing guitars in Korea but they didn’t keep records of any Korean Fender serial numbers before 1993. Even Fender says there is almost no information about serial numbers of guitars produced between ’88 and ’93. There are some Korean Fender serial numbers who have lettered prefixes while others don’t.
One thing we know for sure about the early Korean manufacturing days that they had 3 different plants:
 The Samick plant : The guitars produced here used Korean Fender serial numbers that started with the letter “S” followed by six digits. Most of the time the first number represented the year of production.
 The Young Chang plant and the SungEum plant: The guitars produced here had Korean Fender serial numbers that started with the letter “E” and followed by 6 digits.
The first number of the 6 digits stands for the year of production in a difficult way.
In 1987/1988 they produced the first guitars in Young Chang, but they didn’t use a “7” or “8” as first number but instead they use a “1” that stands for the first year of production. An “E2” was used for the guitars manufactured in 1989
At this point they started corresponding the Korean Fender serial numbers with the actual year of manufacturing. So in 1990 they used “E0” and in 1991 “E1”. The Korean Fender serial numbers build in the 1980’s were written in silver and those in the 1990’ were black. So this made it possible to differentiate the guitars.
Some of the early Korean Fender guitars didn’t have a letter in Korean Fender serial numbers at all but just had six, seven or eight digits with the first number representing the year. Some of these no prefix Korean Fender serial numbers have been found on guitars until 1996.
Korean Fender serial numbers starting with an “M” are said to be manufactured out of plywood.
Here’s a reference list for the first years:
Numbers

Years

6 Digits 
1988 – 1996 
7 Digits 
1988 – 1996 
8 Digits 
1988 – 1996 
E1 + 6 Digits in Silver 
1987 – 1988 
E2 + 6 Digits in Silver 
1988 – 1989 
E0 + 6 Digits in Black 
1989 – 1990 
E1 + 6 Digits in Black 
1991 – 1992 
E2 + 6 Digits in Black 
1992 – 1993 
E3 + 6 Digits in Black 
1993 – 1994 
S9 + 6 Digits 
1989 – 1990 
S0 + 6 Digits 
1990 – 1991 
S1 + 6 Digits 
1991 – 1992 
S2 + 6 Digits 
1992 – 1993 
S3 + 6 Digits 
1993 – 1994 
1993 – 1997 Korean Fender serial numbers
After ’93 Fender started producing in two completely new plants: the Cort plant and the Sunghan plant and decided to change the numbering system again. This time it looks a bit more like the system used with American produced guitars.
Both the Cort and Sunghuan plants used unique Korean Fender serial numbers. Those manufactured in the Cort plant started with the “C” while those produced in the Sunghuan plant started the letter “V” because the “S” was already used by those build in the Samick plant a few years earlier.
They also used the letter “N” to represent the nineties followed by the number that stood for the year of production. This is like the American Fender serial numbers.
In 1997 Fender stopped producing guitars in the Sungham factory .
Numbers 
Years 
CN0 + 5 Digits 
1990 – 1991 
CN1 + 5 Digits 
1991 – 1992 
CN2 + 5 Digits 
1992 – 1993 
CN3 + 5 Digits 
1993 – 1994 
CN4 + 5 Digits 
1994 – 1995 
CN5 + 5 Digits 
1995 – 1996 
CN6 + 5 Digits 
1996 – 1997 
VN0 + 5 Digits 
1990 – 1991 
VN1 + 5 Digits 
1991 – 1992 
VN2 + 5 Digits 
1992 – 1993 
VN3 + 5 Digits 
1993 – 1994 
VN4 + 5 Digits 
1994 – 1995 
VN5 + 5 Digits 
1995 – 1996 
VN6 + 5 Digits 
1996 – 1997 
1997 – present day Korean Fender serial numbers
From ’97 on Fender only manufactured guitars in the Cort factory and decided to change its numbering system once again.
Starting in ’97 al Korean made guitars started with “KC”. In 1997 – 1998 the numbering was still a bit messy because they used “KC97” followed by six, seven or eight digits. From 1998 they used “KC” followed by two number for the year of production and then six digits.
Numbers 
Years 
KC97 + 6 Digits 
1997 – 1998 
KC97 + 7 Digits 
1997 – 1998 
KC97 + 8 Digits 
1997 – 1998 
KC98 + 6 Digits 
1998 – 1999 
KC99 + 6 Digits 
1999 – 2000 
KC00 + 6 Digits 
2000 – 2001 
KC01 + 6 Digits 
2001 – 2002 
KC02 + 6 Digits 
2002 – 2003 
KC03 + 6 Digits 
2003 – 2004 
KC04 + 6 Digits 
2004 – 2005 
KC05 + 6 Digits 
2005 – 2006 
KC06 + 6 Digits 
2006 – 2007 
KC07 + 6 Digits 
2007 – 2008 
KC08 + 6 Digits 
2008 – 2009 
KC09 + 6 Digits 
2009 – 2010 
KC10 + 6 Digits 
2010 – 2011 
KC11 + 6 Digits 
2011 – 2012 
KC12 + 6 Digits 
2012 – 2013 
KC13 + 6 Digits 
2013 – 2014 
I really hope this text about the Korean Fender serial numbers helped you out.
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