I will also mention briefly pot-codes as a resource (numbers on the internal potentiometers of the guitar).
These can definitely be useful in cases where no other numbers exist, but just tell when the pot itself was made.
This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built.
Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number.
The Premier Bedford's stacked single-coil neck pickup and bridge humbucker offer a balanced range of tones—from single-coil spank to humbucker warmth, plus push/pull tone knobs for coil-tapping.
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This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out.
For starters, there's the Reverb Price Guide which has thousands of entries with pictures and details on various guitars and other gear.
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