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The Fender Contemporary models were the first Fender Japan models to be exported as Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters.The previous Fender Japan models exported from Japan were all Fender Squier models.The System I tremolo system uses a behind the nut string locking mechanism.

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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.

All Fender JV models had the serial numbers engraved into either the neck plate or bridge.

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.

The System III tremolo system was designed by John Page, Dan Smith, Charlie Gressett and John Carruthers.

The System I, II and III tremolo systems were manufactured in Germany by Schaller.

Most Floyd Rose bridge designs have two pivot screw cutaways that are limited to the width of the pivot screws, and these will not fit the System 1 pivot screw spacing.

Some models exported to UK were fitted with Kahler Traditional Series tremolos, stamped "Made in the USA", and supplied with the American Precision Metal Works, Inc. The pickups used in the Contemporary models were manufactured by Fujigen.

Many of Fender Contemporary Stratocaster and Telecaster models had Fender Japan E serial number prefix at the beginning of their serial numbers but in fact Fender never produced a line of guitars named the "E series".

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 USA made guitars being sold.

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

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