If you already have a basic understanding of the USA serial numbering system, just skip down to the next Bold Centered text.
Most readers of this are probably already aware that Fender USA guitar serial numbers "theoretically" follow a pattern.
work differently than Fender USA guitar serial numbers.
This guide explains the basic differences between Fender USA guitar serial numbering, and Fender Japan serial numbering.
While a "CRAFTED" In Japan guitar with a serial number starting with the letter "A" would have been made in 1997 or 1998.
For more on the MADE vs CRAFTED thing, see the Guide I authored titled "MADE In Japan - vs - CRAFTED In Japan Fender Guitar(s)" .
First we need to understand there is a * manufactured* difference in the "MADE In Japan" Fenders, and the "CRAFTED In Japan" Fender guitars.For example: a "MADE" In Japan guitar having a serial number starting with the letter "A," would have been made in 1985 or 1986.