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How can I find out when my Japanese-made instrument was manufactured? How can I find out how old my instrument is?

Records on early Japanese-made Fender instruments are not complete and are therefore not completely definitive for dating purposes. As always, serial numbers should only be used as a

SERIAL NUMBERS CIRCA | |

JV + 5 digits | 1982-1984 |

SQ + 5 digits | 1983-1984 |

E + 6 digits | 1984-1987 |

A + 6 digits | 1985-1986 |

B + 6 digits | 1985-1986 |

C + 6 digits | 1985-1986 |

F + 6 digits | 1986-1987 |

G + 6 digits | 1987-1988 |

H + 6 digits | 1988-1989 |

I + 6 digits | 1989-1990 |

J + 6 digits | 1989-1990 |

K + 6 digits | 1990-1991 |

L + 6 digits | 1991-1992 |

M + 6 digits | 1992-1993 |

N + 6 digits | 1993-1994 |

O + 6 digits | 1993-1994 |

P + 6 digits | 1993-1994 |

Q + 6 digits | 1993-1994 |

S + 6 digits | 1994-1995 |

T + 6 digits | 1994-1995 |

U + 6 digits | 1995-1996 |

N + 5 digits | 1995-1996 |

V + 6 digits | 1996-1997 |

In 1997, Fender transitioned to a serial number decal that included the words “Crafted in Japan” above the serial number.

Crafted in Japan A + 6 digits |
1997-1998 |

Crafted in Japan O + 6 digits | 1997-2000 |

Crafted in Japan P + 6 digits | 1999-2002 |

Crafted in Japan Q + 6 digits | 2002-2004 |

Crafted in Japan R + 6 digits | 2004-2005 |

Crafted in Japan S + 6 digits | 2006-2008 |

Crafted in Japan T + 6 digits | 2007-2008 |

2007 was another transitional year for Japanese-made Fender instruments, with the return to the “Made in Japan” country-of-origin identifier on the serial number decal. This was a running change, and both “Made in Japan” and “Crafted in Japan” decals appear on instruments from 2007 and 2008.

Made in Japan T + 6 digits | 2007-2010 |

Made in Japan U + 6 digits | 2010-2011 |

Note: A new Japanese vendor was enlisted in 2010 to help meet demand for the Geddy Lee and Marcus Miller Jazz Bass models. These two basses and the other instruments listed below that were supplied by this factory continued to use “Made in Japan T + 6 digits” designation through 2011:

Pawn Shop Fender ‘51

Pawn Shop Fender ‘72

Pawn Shop Mustang Special

‘70s Precision Bass

Jaguar Bass

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