Dating japanese fender telecaster
The KC and KV forms are apparently associated with the change to Crafted in Korea.So, post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number.There is a chart on the fender website to estimate the era your fender is from, but I can't find a way to lookup the age of my squier. The Japanese MIJ Squiers were made by Fuji Gen up to 1997 and the Japanese CIJ Squiers were made by Tokai and Dyna from 1997.
Here is our current inventory available to be shipped world-wide.The new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender".Hence during 1985 to 1987, production of Fender guitars was only done in Japan, while USA Fender created a new factory in California. BUT note that the "E" and "N" series does sometimes appear on "made in Japan" models. In any case, if it says "made in Japan", then it is... Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things.These stamps can be found in differentlocations on your guitar, so now I'll tell you where you need to look to find these markings... acronym for "Japan Vintage" On these guitars you will find the letters "JV" stamped/engraved into the neck plate of the Stratocasters and bass guitars and on the bridges of the Telecasters and other guitar models.There will be 5 numbers also engraved after the "JV" lettering.