Dating japan guide
The JV models also had the Made in Japan decal on either the headstock or the neck heel.The double-letter serial number was also used on the Squier "SQ" numbers.Fender switched to using Crafted in Japan or CIJ decals in 1997 and returned to the original Made in Japan decals in 2007. Well, I have divided these serial numbers into three main categories and wrote a little history about each one.
These numbers were stamped or engraved in the neck plate of Stats and basses and the bridge of Teles.The Squier models came from a different division of Fender than the Stats and Teles, so the Squiers did not have the Fender logo on the headstock.Fender only made the JV and SQ guitars for two years, so of course they decided to change the numbering system on us again.:) In 1984, Fender went back to a single letter followed by six digits.
Fender used Fuji Gen Gakki or the Fuji String Instrument Production Corporation exclusively to build all of their Japanese guitars until 1997.
These Fenders are commonly referred to as Made in Japan Fenders or MIJ because of the made in Japan stamp on the neck heel.