The EIA assigns each manufacturer a three-digit code (there are some with one, two or four digits).
When dating an instrument by the ‘pot code,’ keep two things in mind: The potentiometers must be original to the piece (new solder, or a date code that is off by ten or more years is a good giveaway to spot replacement pots); and the pot code only indicates when the potentiometer was manufactured!
Freddie Mercury was a famous singer and songwriter known for his performances as the lead artiste of the rock-and-roll band, 'Queen'.
He was musically inclined from a very young age, and according to acquaintances, he had the ability to listen to any song and play the tune on the piano.
Your last chance to own a vintage Fender Stratocaster is with the guitars of the late 1970's.