Serials/Dates of Manufacture
Dating your Japanese made
Fender by its serial is an inexact science but the following table will
give you a reasonable idea of its date of manufacture. NOTE large scale
official export to the UK/USA/Europe stopped around 98/99 with the 'B'
*Note: From mid -1997
serials are prefaced by 'Crafted in Japan'. Prior to that exported guitars bore
the phrase 'Made in Japan'. There is no intrinsic quality difference in
the guitars themselves as far as I can tell from the many I have owned.
Beware of Ebay vendors telling you the 'Made in...' is better then 'Crafted
in....', or vice versa. It is the specification that counts, not the