Dating a fender precision bass
The VM line draws from a wide range of Fender instruments, and has resulted in a large variety of models with many different feature combinations. S = Samick, E = Young Chang, E letter serial numbers were used on Young Chang's Fenix brand guitars.
Vintage Modified guitar models include Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jaguars, Jazzmasters and Mustangs. The first number following the serial number prefix is the year.
Fender soon added a less expensive export Squier series based on the Fender Japan 19 series in July/August 1982, which had a large Fender logo with a smaller Squier logo and had a zinc rather than a steel tremolo block and again the stratocasters had Fender USA pickups installed.
The Squier series were also made available for the Japanese market in October 1982, which incorporated small changes compared to the export Squier series.
Made in the same factory as the Japanese Fenders of the era, they were known as high quality guitars.
These models were Fender models and not Squier models.
The stratocasters had Fender USA pickups installed and were made for the Japanese market only and not for export.
Yamano Gakki was known for once being part of Epiphone Japan.
Kanda Shokai owned the Greco brand name and one of the conditions of the Fender Japan agreement was that Kanda Shokai cease production of its own Greco Fender copies.