Fender precision serial dating
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.
On Telecasters and certain other models, you will find the serial number on the bridge.
The serial numbers will start with a letter that corresponds to specific years of production. You will not find the MADE IN JAPAN stamp on the headstocks of Fender MIJ guitars. acronym for "CRAFTED IN JAPAN" These guitars were made from 1997 and are still being manufactured today.
A: The serial number of your guitar will begin with one of the above lettering sequences.
Fender Japan usedall of the above lettering sequences for the serial numbering of their guitars and basses over the years, andknowing this first will help you determine the year of manufacture.
During the period 1972 through 1980 the meaning of these numbers changed so frequently it is hard to know when they changed them around because I did not bother to keep up with this stuff until about 5 years ago.
Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.
First two characters are model and 01 is in fact P-Bass so you are right there. 02-Jazz Bass, 03-UNKNOWN, 04-Mustang Bass, 05-06 & 07 UNKNOWN, 08-Telecaster Deluxe, 09-Stratocaster, 10 11 & 12-UNKNOWN, 13-Telecaster, Telecaster Custom or Telecaster Thinline and 49- Musicmaster, Mustang or Bronco GUITARS not basses.
If you can fill in any of the unknowns please message me.)Second two characters reflect fretboard build or a combination of fretboard build and neck back type.
The 9th character was X or A or sometimes even a wacky symbol.
Once saw a fraction of 1/4 there and another time I saw a plus sign. Thankfull for any help on thisp.s can't seem to be able to post pictures.. Maybe because the first time I saw your post I was waiting on the photo that never appeared and thought I'd check back later.