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and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.
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.
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!
- As a last resort when you can't find a reliable date from the instrument serial or super reliable neck codes you can resort to dating the pots. Also if you have the guitar manufacture date you can see if it has original pots. Pot code dating will tell you when the pot was made, so the instrument most likely is not older than the pot, unless the pot was changed out for an older pot. Most often all pots in an instrument have the same code.
Apparently Yamaha serials are the most difficult to pinpoint. Yamaha serials are even more convoluted than the Squier or Ibanez serial schemes.Maybe the transitional guitars from MIJ to the CIJ??) JV 5 digits 1982-1984SQ 5 digits 1983-1984E 6 digits 1984-1987A 6 digits 1985-1986B 6 digits 1985-1986C 6 digits 1985-1986F 6 digits 1986-1987 G 6 digits 1987-1988H 6 digits 1988-1989 I 6 digits 1989-1990J 6 digits 1989-1990 K 6 digits 1990-1991 L 6 digits 1991-1992M 6 digits 1992-1993N 6 digits 1993-1994O 6 digits 1993-1994P 6 digits 1993-1994Q 6 digits 1993-1994S 6 digits 1994-1995 T 6 digits 1994-1995U 6 digits 1995-1996N 5 digits 1995-1996V 6 digits 1996-1997In 1997, Fender transitioned to a serial number decal that included the words “Crafted in Japan” above the serial number.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.I call the sale price "actual final value." This actual final value percentage fluctuates based on several factors including location, the state of the vintage instrument market and the overall state of the economy.