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Japanese Fender Serial Numbers . Guitars were no different. Fender decided to start building guitars in Japan in March 1. CBS, then owner of Fender guitars, worked out a deal with Yamaha Music and Kanda Shokai. Fender used Fuji Gen Gakki or the Fuji String Instrument Production Corporation exclusively to build all of their Japanese guitars until 1. These Fenders are commonly referred to as Made in Japan Fenders or MIJ because of the made in Japan stamp on the neck heel.
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Fender switched to using Crafted in Japan or CIJ decals in 1. Made in Japan decals in 2. Are you confused yet? Well, I have divided these serial numbers into three main categories and wrote a little history about each one. Take a look at the tables to see how old your Japanese Fender is. Good luck! The Japanese Fender serial numbers from 1. The first Japanese models were Fender Reissues or Vintage guitars.
Fender wanted to differentiate the American made Reissue and Vintage guitars from the Japanese ones, so Fender substituted a . The JV serial numbers started with JV followed by five digits.
These numbers were stamped or engraved in the neck plate of Stats and basses and the bridge of Teles. 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 . 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. They use a single letter followed by either five or six digits. All of these guitars have a Made in Japan decal on either the heel or headstock.
Fender consistently made these serial numbers until 1. Made in Japan decals to Crafted in Japan decals. The Crafted in Japan Fenders were made until 2.
Fender decided to change its mind again and go back to the . This wasn't fully adopted on all models the first year, so MIJ and CIJ decals show up on both 2. Well, Fender stopped using Fuji Gen Gakki to build their guitars. They switched to Tokai and Dyna to build their Japanese guitars after 1. These guitars are often called Crafted in Japan or CIJ guitars because of the stamp on the neck heel. These Japanese Fender guitars made after 1.
Well, there's a catch as with all Fender serial numbers. Fender ran out of numbers! They just started reusing the same numbers. Well, they may not have actually run out of numbers, but they did reuse numbers for a few years. You can see that in the . So if you have a Japanese Fender with a serial number starting with either an . Made in Japan decals were made before 1.
Crafted in Japan decals were after. You can see both serial numbers on my tables. I know it is pretty convoluted, but that's how they did it. Present Japanese Fender Guitars with . Fender definitely didn't make it easy for us.