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Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series). I really don’t know, but the MIJ logo Fenders were for the USA market.
USA Fender wanted to stop the import of these guitars to the USA due to firing up their Mexican plant and due to the “too good” quality Japan was creating which competed with the USA models.
For instance, many of the MIJ/CIJ Telecasters have the serial number on the bridge and they start with an "A".
Yet if you take the neck off they can be 1994-1997!
Most of the “Made in Japan” and the “Crafted in Japan” guitars us a 6 digit number (But not all and excluding the A prefix! A 6 DIGITS 1985-1987, 1997-1998 (Made in Japan) and (Crafted in Japan) This was one of the most confusing serial uber used by Japan.
They placed the "A" on the bridge on the Telecasters and some of them could be as late as 1996 (as in the case with many JD Teles.
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.
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.The System II and III tremolo systems use a height adjustable locking nut.The System II tremolo system was designed by John Page, Chip Todd and Charlie Gressett.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.