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Originally an intermediate level model it has been popular with smaller handed guitarists as well as people who just like the unique tone and feel of a shortscale guitar.It has maintained strong popularity in Japan and reissues are now being produced in many varieties by Fender Japan.It was offered as both a 24" and 22.5" scale guitar.
This type format is valid where the date is set at moment of casting. The first set of digits is the Month, second part is the Day, and the third part is a code for the stamping plant combined with the Shift that actually stamped the panel.
This 3 digit sample date code casting number is for a 302 engine block C8OE-6015-A with date code 9B7. Decoding Ford sheet metal stampings then this hood was stamped in March of 1965.
These stamps can be found in differentlocations on your guitar, so now I'll tell you where you need to look to find these markings... acronym for "Japan Vintage" On these guitars you will find the letters "JV" stamped/engraved into the neck plate of the Stratocasters and bass guitars and on the bridges of the Telecasters and other guitar models.
There will be 5 numbers also engraved after the "JV" lettering.
Ford 3 or 4 digit date codes on engine castings are very much similar in their composition and by far the most common types.