The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes.
There were also some KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)) serial numbers followed by 2-digit year.
The KC and KV forms are apparently associated with the change to Crafted in Korea.
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Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.
While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.
Is there any site or database that can help with that sorta' thing? Mexican Squiers: M stands for Mexico, the second character refers to the decade: N represents Nineties (1990's). So, for example "MN8" = made by Fender at Ensenada Mexico in 1998.
Japanese Squiers: For Japanese serial number dating see Fenders site.
So, post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number.