To do that you will need to remove the neck from the guitar or at least loosen it enough so the date can be seen.
The Stratocaster was not the first Fender solid-body electric guitar—that honor belongs to the 1950, one-pickup Esquire, which went through several name changes (including a period when the guitar had no name at all) before being labeled the Telecaster in 1951.
These pre-CBS Strats are relatively easy to identify by looking at the serial number on the metal plate on the guitar’s back, where the neck is attached.
Strats from 1954-1965 have four screws in the plate, and the serial number is at the top.
But the Strat, as it is known, was the guitar that made the word "Fender" synonymous with "rock 'n' roll." Introduced in 1954, its ash body (alder was used after 1956) was sculpted to fit players like a glove.
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks.Its maple neck is super-comfy with a modern C shape. This Fender Strat come with a long list of standard features including three single-coil pickups, synchronized tremolo with high-mass bridge block, tinted neck, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, parchment pickguard, die-cast tuners and '70s-style headstock logo. I also don't see the connection with the Rosemont Theater, except that Mark played at that venue on 5th May 2001 during the The guitar was also played by Mark at a charity concert for M. Therapy Centre Middlesbrough, 17th May 1997 and could be won in a prize draw.Mark himself drew the winning ticket out of a box onstage and the lucky winner (Richie Holmes) got it from Mark himself after the show in the dressing room. The guitar was bought second-hand and had a 'natural wood' finish but was repainted in red by Steve Phillips.