As you look at these serial numbers, please note that the same “letter-prefix” on the serial numbers are used for two different sets of dates. AND now Japan as started making the MADE IN JAPAN guitars again and using old serial numbers.The first being the “Made in Japan” date and the second is the “Crafted in Japan” date. In another 5 years there is going to be sooo much confusion, it will not ne funny!
Maybe the transitional guitars from MIJ to the CIJ??
) JV 5 digits 1982-1984SQ 5 digits 1983-1984E 6 digits 1984-1987A 6 digits 1985-1986B 6 digits 1985-1986C 6 digits 1985-1986F 6 digits 1986-1987 G 6 digits 1987-1988H 6 digits 1988-1989 I 6 digits 1989-1990J 6 digits 1989-1990 K 6 digits 1990-1991 L 6 digits 1991-1992M 6 digits 1992-1993N 6 digits 1993-1994O 6 digits 1993-1994P 6 digits 1993-1994Q 6 digits 1993-1994S 6 digits 1994-1995 T 6 digits 1994-1995U 6 digits 1995-1996N 5 digits 1995-1996V 6 digits 1996-1997In 1997, Fender transitioned to a serial number decal that included the words “Crafted in Japan” above the serial number.
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Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series). I really don’t know, but the MIJ logo Fenders were for the USA market.
USA Fender wanted to stop the import of these guitars to the USA due to firing up their Mexican plant and due to the “too good” quality Japan was creating which competed with the USA models.
The early series are the most popular for collectors.
Also, some The Japanese serial number can be confusing too.
For instance, many of the MIJ/CIJ Telecasters have the serial number on the bridge and they start with an "A".