But once again, due to the modular nature of Fender's production methods, and the fact that most serial numbers schemes are not sequential and usually overlap from between 2 to 4 years, (from the early days of Fender, through to the mid 1980s), dating by the serial number is not an exact science.
The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.
Please note the introduction of the "S" prefix serial numbers.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.
The previous Fender Japan models exported from Japan were all Fender Squier models.
The Fender Contemporary models were manufactured from 1984 to 1987 by Fuji Gen Gakki and these Stratocasters were designed to be Superstrats (Super Strat) with humbucking pickups and Floyd Rose like tremolos made by Schaller and Kahler.