Dating japanese made fender www ignitedating com
(See above) any of the mid-1980s models will also have FENDER stamped on the neck plate.
Yet if you take the neck off they can be 1994-1997! They are dead on replicas of the original vintage Fenders, shot with 100% nitro and often use USA electronics.
At that time, Fender USA was still trying to get back up on its feet after the CBS buyout, as USA quality under CBS ownership let their standards really slip.
until the new factory was built in Corona, California.
It has been estimated that 80% of the guitars sold during this time were made in Japan.
When the Corona plant was started up, only the Vintage Reissue Stratocaster models were first produced (between late 1985 through 1986).