Dating a fender bass by serial number

From my experience, any serial number below V016000 denotes a guitar made at the fullerton plant (1982-1984).

dating a fender bass by serial number-72

This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.

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.

I have come across many guitars with a serial number in the V012000's with a 1982 neckdate.

I have also come across guitars with a V012000 serial number with a 1986 neckdate.

Since several models can share one chassis type (for example, the early brown 5G7 Bandmaster, 5G5 Pro and 5G12 Concert), this kind of interpretation is inaccurate.

Instead, there were approximately 2000 of these chasses produced, which then ended up as one of the three models in question.

Fender "JV" guitars were only made from 1982 to 1984.

On early Fender JV models, you will also find "MADE IN JAPAN" written very small under the Fender spaghetti logo on the headstock of the guitar.

Some things are very obvious such as non-original or reconed speakers, non-original transformers, replaced pots, re-tweed, re-tolex, re-grill, etc.

and these changes are often disclosed and of a non-malicious nature.

On later Fender JV models, the "MADE IN JAPAN" can be found on the heel of the guitar neck, just above the metal neck plate.

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