Dating fender jazz
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 stock being sold.
There are also Fender Contemporary Telecaster models with HSS or HH pickup configurations and switches for selecting pickup options.
The body wood is either a tan coloured Most of the Fender Japan serial numbers do not follow this format.
A great place to start in verifying this for yourself is... You'll notice on their "DATING JAPANESE MADE FENDER INSTRUMENTS" page, they start with the "MADE In Japan" serial numbers.They were designed to help identify the approximate manufacturing date of the guitar.For example: a guitar whose serial number begins with the letter and number "E8", would have "theoretically" been manufactured in 1988 (E = in the Eighties, 8 = the 8th year...The "JV" alone, tells us the guitar was made between 19.The "JV" serialed MIJ (Made In Japan) Fenders have become, and will probably remain, the most collectable - The Holy Grails - of the Fender Japan instruments...