The serial number of the Japanese Stratocasters is usually marked on the back of the neck, at the junction with the body of the guitar; in some cases, however, it is possible to find it on the headstock or on the neckplate, as in the case of the "JV", "SQ" and "A" serial numbers.
Until 1997 the serial number of these guitars was paired with the "Made in Japan" decal (period called MIJ Era); between 1995 and 1997 Fender has replaced this decal with the "Crafted in Japan" one, paving the way for the CIJ Era (some CIJs, however, appeared already in 1995). This change was due to the shift of production from Fujigen factory to Tokai (only few months) and Dyna Gakki. After 2007 Fender used again the “Made in Japan” decal, though for a few years both were printed.
The serial number of the Japanese guitars composed by one or two letters followed by some numbers. The first series of the Japanese Stratocasters is that called “JV”, and it is surrounded by an aura of magic: there are many guitarists who, after having tried them, have praised their construction quality and sound.
Some CIJ serial numbers overlap the MIJ ones, so that to distinguish them it is essential to see which decal is applied.
It is important to note that Standard models featured always the "made in Japan" decal, never the "crafted in Japan", even in the CIJ Era.
Until 1997 the serial number of these guitars was paired with the "Made in Japan" decal (period called MIJ Era); between 1995 and 1997 Fender has replaced this decal with the "Crafted in Japan" one, paving the way for the CIJ Era (some CIJs, however, appeared already in 1995). This change was due to the shift of production from Fujigen factory to Tokai (only few months) and Dyna Gakki. After 2007 Fender used again the “Made in Japan” decal, though for a few years both were printed.
The serial number of the Japanese guitars composed by one or two letters followed by some numbers. The first series of the Japanese Stratocasters is that called “JV”, and it is surrounded by an aura of magic: there are many guitarists who, after having tried them, have praised their construction quality and sound.
Some CIJ serial numbers overlap the MIJ ones, so that to distinguish them it is essential to see which decal is applied.
It is important to note that Standard models featured always the "made in Japan" decal, never the "crafted in Japan", even in the CIJ Era.
Tab.3  Serial Numbers MIJ
JV + 5 digits

JV0xxxx April  July 1982
JV1xxxx August  October 1982 JV2xxxx October 1982  January 1983 JV3xxxx January  March 1983 JV4xxxx March  May 1983 JV5xxxx May  June 1983 JV6xxxx June  August 1983 JV7xxxx August  October 1983 JV8xxxx October  December 1983 JV9xxxx December 1983  circa February 1984 (export models only) 
SQ + 5 digits

1983  1984

E + 6 digits

1984  1987

A + 6 digits

1985  1986

B + 6 digits

1985  1986

C + 6 digits

1985  1986

F + 6 digits

1986  1987

G + 6 digits

1987  1988

H + 6 digits

1988  1989

I + 6 digits

1989  1990

J + 6 digits

1989  1990

K + 6 digits

1990  1991

L + 6 digits

1991  1992

M + 6 digits

1992  1993

N + 6 digits

1993  1994

O + 6 digits

1993  1994

P + 6 digits

1993  1994

Q + 6 digits

1993  1994

S + 6 digits

1994  1995

T + 6 digits

1994  1995

U + 6 digits

1995  1996

N + 5 digits

1995  1996

V + 6 digits

1996  1997

S + 6 digits

2007  2008

T + 6 digits

2008  2009

U + 6 digits

20102011

JD11 + 6 digits

2011

JD12 + 6 digits

2012

JD13 + 6 digits

2013

JD14 + 6 digits

2014

JD15 + 6 digits

2015

JD16 + 6 digits

2016

And so on...
Tab.4  Serial Numbers CIJ (MIJ for Standard models)
N + 6 digits

1995 1996

A + 6 digits

1997  1998

B + 6 digits

1998  1999

O0 + 5 digits

1997  2000

P0 + 5 digits

1999  2002

Q0 + 5 digits

2002  2004

R0 + 5 digits

2004  2006

S0 + 5 digits

2006  2008

T0 + 5 digits

2007  2010
