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Please make sure to photograph the headstock (front & back) and the neck plate.
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.
As a result of this mistake, you will be able to get a guitar with a serial number N9 that was built in 1990. The following serial numbers stay somewhat outside the well-known Fender numbering.
The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.
As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague.
In March 1985, CBS Corporation sold Fender to a group of private investors led by William Schultz, where the company get the current name Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.