and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.
Many of the Version 1 Plus DXs also had Sperzel tuners (while the Standard Plus at this time used pretty much only Schaller tuners), and even weirder was the fact that many came with an E4, serial number even though they were introduced in 1989! By 1990 things started being more consistent, and the DXs came with full Wilkinson nut, Schaller Tuners, Blue/Silver (somtimes Gold)/ and Red Lace Sensors pickups.
Fender also used the E8 or E9 serial number as well at this same time. It was like they were starting all over again as they did with the Standard Plus in 1987! Also more acurate serial numbers were used around this time.
For around 6 months they came fitted with a Silver/Silver/Blue combination of Lace Pickups.
Oddly enough, some of the first Deluxe Strat Plus' also came with a split Wilkinson nut long after Fender stopped using them on the Standard Plus' which were already using the full Wilkinson nut.
Leo Fender's concept for the Stratocaster was a timeless innovation in guitar construction and design that reverberates to this day.
This model has remained in almost constant production since its inception and continues to spawn countless imitations as the most copied design in guitar history, and still sells extremely well--despite challenges from world-wide competition.
The early series are the most popular for collectors.
Also, some The Japanese serial number can be confusing too.
Imagine being able to rewire your Stratocaster without a soldering iron.
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Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series). I really don’t know, but the MIJ logo Fenders were for the USA market.