Dating a japanese fender strat
The following charts detail the most common Fender serial number schemes used from 1976 to the present.
Please note the introduction of the "S" prefix serial numbers.
On later Fender JV models, the "MADE IN JAPAN" can be found on the heel of the guitar neck, just above the metal neck plate.
All Fender JV models had the serial numbers engraved into either the neck plate or bridge.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.