The previous Fender Japan models were all Fender Squier models. The Fender Contemporary models were manufactured from to by FujiGen Gakki and these Stratocasters were designed to be Superstrats Super Strat with a Floyd Rose like bridge designed by Schaller and Gotoh and humbucking pickups.
There was a lower priced Fender Contemporary Squier model produced as well. When CBS sold Fender to its current owners in there was a transitional period from to with limited Fender USA production resulting in mostly Fender Japan and leftover stock being sold. The Fender Contemporary Telecaster models used the same tremolo systems as the Fender Contemporary Stratocaster models. There were also USA Contemporary Stratocasters and Telecasters which were totally different than the original Japanese models in terms of features and construction.
These shortlived American-made models were made by the Fender Custom Shop in the mids. The System I tremolo system uses a behind the nut string locking mechanism and was manufactured by Gotoh.
Both bridges were manufactured in Germany by Schaller. Sometimes parts of the tremolo system are lost and one common modification is to make the bridge function as a hardtail by locking the bridge into a non movable position and installing a string tree for the first and second strings so that the strings don't slip out of the nut slots. The pickups used in the Contemporary models were manufactured by Fujigen. All the pickups used on the Contemporary models are Alnico and not ceramic pickups.
The humbucking pickups used in the Contemporary models have a DC resistance which is approximately 7. The single coil pickups used in the Contemporary models have a DC resistance which is approximately 5. The body wood is either a tan coloured Birch or a white coloured Basswood. Most of the Fender Japan serial numbers do not follow this format. Fender Japan Guitar Serial Numbers Most readers of this are probably already aware that Fender USA guitar serial numbers "theoretically" follow a pattern.
They were designed to help identify the approximate manufacturing date of the guitar. The "theoretically" appears in the previous paragraph a number of times for these reasons: According to verifiable public information, the older serial numbers were notoriously placed in emptied coffee cans, boxes, etc.
When a Fender employee needed a serial number, they would sometimes reach in a grab whatever number came out I have personally seen and have seen the same listed on eBay more than once E3 serial numbered USA Fenders, with a neck date of Fender USA will tell you - if you take the time to email them and ask you can do so at the Fender web site , or better yet It should be noted Additionally, Fender USA sometimes adds letters to the serial number to make special designations.
All this is public information, avaiable on the web. I encourage you to take initiative and verify this and ALL information independently, for yourself. From this point forward, our focus will be on the Fender Japan serial numbering system. And the Fender Japan serial numbering system is I have found the Fender Japan serial numbering system considerably more reliable although, not perfect for dating instruments Fender Japan began production in It was decided that the first serial numbers issued by Fender Japan would begin with the letters "JV.
The "JV" alone, tells us the guitar was made between and The second serial number prefix used by Fender Japan was "SQ", which was followed by 5 digits. And the "SQ" alone, tells us the quitar was made in or Seeing the pattern yet? Hang on for just a few more moments The next serial number prefix used by Fender Japan - as shown on the Fender web site and other web sites as well - was "E".
The E was followed by 6 digits. The "E" alone tells us the guitar was made between and Not the same use of the "E" as the US serial number of the same time frame I'm ceratin you've got the picture by now The first letter or letters alone, is are all we need to determine the year of manufacture - in most cases A great place to start in verifying this for yourself is