Dating fender jazz
As with the Marshall logo, the original ‘spaghetti’ style Fender logo (above) is by [someone unknown], although general chatter suggests it was based on Leo Fender’s own signature with the ‘F’ being simply reversed!
It’s a detail like that that can really create a truly ownable brand mark.
The single coil pickups used in the Contemporary models have a DC resistance which is approximately 5.6 kΩ.
I have found the Fender Japan serial numbering system considerably more reliable (although, not perfect) for dating instruments... It was decided that the first serial numbers issued by Fender Japan would begin with the letters "JV." The JV was followed by 5 digits which have nothing to do with dating the guitar.
All the pickups used on the Contemporary models are Alnico and not ceramic pickups.