Dating a fender stratocaster guitar

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The Fender Contemporary Stratocaster and Telecaster models were part of the Fender Japan E series model range.

When CBS sold Fender to its current owners in 1984 there was a transitional period from 1984 to 1987 with limited Fender USA production resulting in mostly Fender Japan and leftover stock being sold.

There are also Fender Contemporary Telecaster models with HSS or HH pickup configurations and switches for selecting pickup options.

This guide explains the basic differences between Fender USA guitar serial numbering, and Fender Japan serial numbering.

If you already have a basic understanding of the USA serial numbering system, just skip down to the next Bold Centered Most readers of this are probably already aware that Fender USA guitar serial numbers "theoretically" follow a pattern.

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