Dating a fender bassman 100
According to Wikipedia (all hail the Almighty Wiki! ), the Squier MIJ's were made at the Fuji Gen plant until '97 and the serial numbers follow the Fender MIJ dating.
Before I go any further here, I have to say that the mid 80's MIJ Squiers seem to be completely different animals from later MIJ's.
I've tried tracking the history of my guitar, serial number etc.
but none of it seems to add up - so take a look at the pictures and tell me what you think. Here is the link to Fender Japan, maybe you can find out something: And another one: PS I think you can read something about Japanese instruments here on Fender site, in support - product dating - Japanese instruments.
Now here's a pic of the body on the MIK so you can compare it to yours (and yea... While I obviously can't tell from your pictures, I'd be willing to bet your MIJ only had the half sized zinc trem block (yes/no?
While the name isn't as familiar to most folks as Fender is (or even Squier), as I recall Fuji Gen Gakki has been around making electric guitars since 1962 (they started in 1960 making violins and acoustic guitars) so these folks do in fact know what they are doing.
Again my '85 E series is an incredible guitar and I recently acquired a Fender MIJ Contemporary body of that same era and I have to say the quality and workmanship is certainly first rate on both.
I am very curious as to whether your MIJ there is a solid wood or ply?
I could very certainly be wrong, but I would bet a shiny penny it's ply...
Whether this is simply due to the wood used or how the respective instruments were taken care of, I can't really say specifically but the '92 MIK was clearly an inexpensive entry level guitar where as my '85 MIJ is a very serious instrument.