Yet if you take the neck off they can be 1994-1997! They are dead on replicas of the original vintage Fenders, shot with 100% nitro and often use USA electronics.
They made 52 Teles, some very nice Strats, some even with Lace Sensor pickups.
Also, both Made in Japan and The Japanese serial number can be confusing too.
For instance, many of the MIJ/CIJ Telecasters have the serial number on the bridge and they start with an "A".
his is a Transparent SUNBURST, with ivory white double binding, 1998 Fender CIJ Jerry Donahue Signature Model Telecaster. I gutted this one and replaced everything with high-end USA parts, yet retained the JD wiring features, plus some!
Just read the history (above) of Fender Japan and that is easy to understand! They will have "EXTRAD — Custom Made" written on the back of the headstock or by the serial number.
On some guitars there is found an "EX" on the part numbers located on the neck socket of the body or the heal of the neck.
The BRIDGE pickup is a FENDER CUSTOM SHOP TEXAS SPECIAL.
This pickup had the Custom Shop sticker on the back.