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2007 was another transitional year for Japanese-made Fender instruments, with the return to the “Made in Japan” country-of-origin identifier on the serial number decal.
This was a running change, and both “Made in Japan” and “Crafted in Japan” decals appear on instruments from 20.
(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.
The serial number is printed on a sticker located on the back of the neck, close to where the neck attaches to the body.
MZ - M = Mexico, Z = 2000's, the first number following the serial number prefix is the year.
For example: - V = Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars), N = Nineties (1990s), the first number following the prefix is the year.
At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.
On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles.