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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.
I recently bought an old Fender Presicion Bass from 1978 from a guy i know. Anyhow I stumbled upon this unaddressed topic and decided since I have nothing better to do at the moment that now is a good time.
According to a guitarbuilder i've showed it to it seems all origional and genuine. Even if you don't come back to read the information it may help someone else.
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.
I recall seeing these oddball 9 character neck codes for sure on 79 and 80 models.
Please refer to the chart I have provided below in order to pinpoint the exact year your guitar was manufactured...These stamps can be found in differentlocations on your guitar, so now I'll tell you where you need to look to find these markings... acronym for "Japan Vintage" On these guitars you will find the letters "JV" stamped/engraved into the neck plate of the Stratocasters and bass guitars and on the bridges of the Telecasters and other guitar models.There will be 5 numbers also engraved after the "JV" lettering. 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.This longer code just carried on with the previous 8 digit neck code format adding one extra non-numerical character smack in the middle.