Dating fender jazz
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.
Fender has used several styles of logos, usually referred to as: “Spaghetti”, “Transition”, and “CBS” which were used to adorn the headstocks of their guitars.
The term ‘spaghetti’ wasn’t official, but was penned by Fender enthusiasts and collectors in later decades.
The body wood is either a tan coloured Most of the Fender Japan serial numbers do not follow this format.
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.
so, 1988); a Fender USA guitar serial starting "N4" would "theoretically" mean 1994 (N = in the Nineties, 4 = the 4th year... Additionally, Fender USA sometimes adds letters to the serial number to make special designations.
The Fender Japan serial numbering system is - on the face of it - a little more complex than the Fender USA system.
The System I tremolo system uses a behind the nut string locking mechanism and was manufactured by Gotoh.
The System II and System III bridges have individual string height and individual string intonation adjustments.
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