Hello, I scored the web with no luck about current AV serial numbers. Fender site still report V+5 or 6 numbers, but I keep finding pictures of real guitars with V+7 digits. It seems to me the first 2 digits are referring to the year, other 5 are just a serial number. So V1612345 would be an AV made in 2016. This is a best guess of mine, could somebody chime in please? I have my eyes on a Strat and I need to be sure whether it's an AV59 or an Hot Rod 62. The serial is one key point among few other minor details.... Thanks in advance!