Made in Korea Made in China, 2003-: Letter-letter-letter-####-letter, like so: QKJ0011Y. The final four numbers are the unit number; 0013 (13).
The new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender".
Hence during 1985 to 1987, production of Fender guitars was only done in Japan, while USA Fender created a new factory in California. BUT note that the "E" and "N" series does sometimes appear on "made in Japan" models. In any case, if it says "made in Japan", then it is... Fender has recently (in the last 20 years) introduced LOTS of different serial numbers schemes, depending on the country the Fender was made (USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, etc). Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things.
YMMI, Made in Indonesia, 2001-: Letter-letter-letter-######, like so: QIM180013.
There is no indication of year in this configuration–just “sometime between ’86 and ’89.
The last three numbers represent order of production on the day the guitar was made. ” To you folks, we offer the following: Several other serial number configurations used by Yamaha over the years.