American Deluxe Serial Numbers

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  1. Retroe

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    From what I've read the serial numbers of a 2000 - 2009 American Deluxe Stratocaster should all begin with "DZ" but was there ever an occasion when they omitted the letter "D" ?

    According to this article I found On Reverb, American Standards from that era began with a Z but it states that if the serial number begins with DZ then it signifies a Deluxe model.

    https://reverb.com/news/how-to-date-a-fender#Post-1976

    However, when I input the serial number (which begins with a Z) into the Fender serial number register it states the following:

    AMERICAN DELUXE STRATOCASTER® (1998-2004)

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    The first year (2000) did not have the "D" in front of the "Z" on the Deluxe....after that, they all had the "D"....
     
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    Thanks guys, I had tried to research this myself and perhaps a bit too hasty to post about it but I reckon it doesn't hurt to have another set of eyes looking around to confirm.

    I see theses "Z" models from the year 2000 don't have the contoured heal that latter models have. So would I be correct in assuming the early 2000 models also didn't have a compound radius fretboard?
     
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    Okay - let's clear up a few things here:
    1. American Deluxes came out in 1998 - so the original serial numbers were "DN8xxxxxx", followed by "DN9xxxxxx" in 1999.
    2. Briefly in 2000 some wound up having just a "Z0xxxxxx" serial number; others from 2000 have the "DZ0xxxxxx" numbers - and I'm not sure how many runs wound up with the "Z0xxxxxx" numbers.
    3. The contoured neck heel does not start until the second half of 2002 on American Deluxes - and it was kind of a "phase in" as Fender brought out a couple of new colors in the summer of 2002 - and those had the contoured heel from day 1 - but it took a while to get runs of other colors with the contoured neck heel
    4. Compound radius does not start until the 2010 model (which was the 3rd generation of American Deluxes); prior to those models they were a straight 9.5" radius
     
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  7. Retroe

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    That's excellent info, thank you for clearing things up.

    The only thing I find strange about the "Z0xxxxxx" serial numbers is they don't have "MADE IN USA"
     
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    Because American Standards/American Series (July 2000 was the transition to "American Series") had the "Made in USA" as part of the front decal; I imagine whomever put these "Z0xxxxxx" decals on was used to doing American Standards/American Series and didn't realize they needed to add the "Made in USA" decals.