Dating fender instruments
Also, some The Japanese serial number can be confusing too.For instance, many of the MIJ/CIJ Telecasters have the serial number on the bridge and they start with an "A".
By 1976, it had built a manufacturing facility for musical instruments and was contracted to make Music Man products.
In June 1976, production started on guitars and in August basses followed.
The JV and SQ guitars, as well as some of the E series, had USA parts (mostly pickups, switches, and potentiometers) that were shipped over to Japan to help speed up production while the new USA plant was being set up in Corona, California.
The early series are the most popular for collectors.
Leo Fender did not like the name Tri-Sonix, so the name evolved under Leo Fender's suggestion to call the new company Music Man.