Dating fender telecaster serial
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.USA Fender wanted to stop the import of these guitars to the USA due to firing up their Mexican plant and due to the “too good” quality Japan was creating which competed with the USA models.The old Fender serial number scheme did not change immediately as CBS to use up existing parts and use existing tooling however a large F logo was added to the neck plate shortly after the accquisition.
Unfortunately, the font they used for the "10" was very similar to the font for the other 6 digits of the serial number.
The vintage series used a "V" prefix in serial numbers.
Perhaps the best way to date the Vintage series is to carefully remove the necek and check the bottom of the neck for a production date.
All that ended when the new system started in 2010 - no more "D" for "American Deluxe" or "S" for Artist Signature.
MIM serial numbers change over in the middle of the year, near the beginning of the year, so circa July of 2010 MIM guitars started using "MX10" decals; I suppose they started using "MX11" back in July of 2011. Fender started the "letter digit" code in 1976 with "S6" guitars.