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...
You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?
Some dealers simply go by the serial number, which you will discover can be far from accurate.
All the pickups used on the Contemporary models are Alnico and not ceramic pickups.
The humbucking pickups used in the Contemporary models have a DC resistance which is approximately 7.6 .
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.
so, 1994); a Fender USA guitar serial starting "Z3" would "theoretically" mean 2003 (Z = 2000, 3 = in the 3rd year... For example, the US Fender serial number DZ575xxxx, would designate a Deluxe (the "D") guitar made in 2005.The Fender Contemporary Telecaster models used the same tremolo systems as the Fender Contemporary Stratocaster models.bridge in terms of intonation and string height adjustments. There was a lower priced Fender Contemporary Squier model produced as well.The Fender Contemporary Stratocaster and Telecaster models were part of the Fender Japan E series model range.