Personally I second strat110s comment: stay away from early 80's Strats.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.Since Japanese labor and production costs were much lower than in America and to compete with the Japanese made guitars, Fender moved the lower priced Fender guitar production from America to Japan.Fender began negotiations with several Japanese musical instrument distributors. was officially created as a joint-venture between Fender, Kanda Shokai .Records on early Japanese-made Fender instruments are not complete and are therefore not completely definitive for dating purposes.
This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used.
There are also Fender Contemporary Telecaster models with HSS or HH pickup configurations and switches for selecting pickup options.
The Fender Contemporary Telecaster models used the same tremolo systems as the Fender Contemporary Stratocaster models.
The venture involved the domestic production and sale of Fender instruments for the Japanese market.
The venture ended on March 31, 2015 and Fender itself (through its company Fender Music Corporation (Japan)) took over the Japanese business effective April 1, 2015 with Fender-manufactured product line.