Fender used Fuji Gen Gakki or the Fuji String Instrument Production Corporation exclusively to build all of their Japanese guitars until 1997.
These Fenders are commonly referred to as Made in Japan Fenders or MIJ because of the made in Japan stamp on the neck heel.
The JV models also had the Made in Japan decal on either the headstock or the neck heel.
The double-letter serial number was also used on the Squier "SQ" numbers.
The Squier models came from a different division of Fender than the Stats and Teles, so the Squiers did not have the Fender logo on the headstock.
These numbers were stamped or engraved in the neck plate of Stats and basses and the bridge of Teles.:) In 1984, Fender went back to a single letter followed by six digits.