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What year is a Fender guitar with the serial number A021277?

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The Fender serial number A021277 may indicate that the guitar is was manufactured in Japan in 1985 or 1986. However, if the words "Crafted in Japan" appear above the serial number, that indicates that the guitar was manufactured in 1997 or 1998.

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation was founded in 1946 by Leo Fender and has since become one of the leading manufacturers of stringed instruments and related equipment. In 1982, Fender began outsourcing instrument production to the Japanese company Fuji Gen Gakki. Guitars produced by Fuji Gen Gakki were stamped with the words "Made in Japan."

When Fender switched from Fuji Gen Gakki to Tokai and Dyna in 1997, the stamp was changed to "Crafted in Japan." After the switch, Tokai and Dyna used the same numbering system as was used by their predecessor, and serial numbers beginning in A and S were repeated.

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