Dating mim strats
The Fender USA serial format was used on the Fender Japan E series because most of them were exported to the USA while Fender was undergoing a transitional period.
This guide explains the basic differences between Fender USA guitar serial numbering, and Fender Japan serial numbering.
The pickups used in the Contemporary models were manufactured by Fujigen.
All the pickups used on the Contemporary models are Alnico and not ceramic pickups.
I encourage you to take initiative and verify this (and ALL) information independently, for yourself.
manufactured* difference in the "MADE In Japan" Fenders, and the "CRAFTED In Japan" Fender guitars.
The Fender Contemporary Stratocaster and Telecaster models were part of the Fender Japan E series model range.
There was a lower priced Fender Contemporary Squier model produced as well.A great place to start in verifying this for yourself is... You'll notice on their "DATING JAPANESE MADE FENDER INSTRUMENTS" page, they start with the "MADE In Japan" serial numbers.In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.The System II and System III bridges have individual string height and individual string intonation adjustments.The System II and III tremolo systems use a height adjustable locking nut.