Dating fender telecaster guitar
The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.
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.
The System III tremolo system was designed by John Page, Dan Smith, Charlie Gressett and John Carruthers. Sometimes parts of the tremolo system are lost and one common modification is to make the bridge function as a hardtail by locking the bridge into a non movable position and installing a string tree for the first and second strings so that the strings don't slip out of the nut slots.
The pickups used in the Contemporary models were manufactured by Fujigen.
The System II and III tremolo systems use a height adjustable locking nut.
The System II tremolo system was designed by John Page, Chip Todd and Charlie Gressett.
There was a lower priced Fender Contemporary Squier model produced as well.
The Contemporary models that use a TBX tone control use 500 kΩ volume pots and use 0.022 µF tone capacitors.When CBS sold Fender to its current owners in 1984 there was a transitional period from 1984 to 1987 with limited Fender USA production resulting in mostly Fender Japan and leftover stock being sold.There are also Fender Contemporary Telecaster models with HSS or HH pickup configurations and switches for selecting pickup options.While a "CRAFTED" In Japan guitar with a serial number starting with the letter "A" would have been made in 1997 or 1998.The Fender Japan serial numbering system is - on the face of it - a little more complex than the Fender USA system.