Go to brother Daves page and there's a link on how to date ALL Fenders, US/MIM,[email protected]! Because production only started in 1999, and I boughtthe bass Saturday feb 26th 2012, brand new.... Therefore there can be two instruments out there with very similar serials but one is new and the other is nearly 20 years old.
This reuse of sequences will make dating by serials nearly impossible and in 20 or 30 more years there will be a huge mess.
If you bought it brand new in 2012 it is probably 2009 or up.
Fender Japan started reusing alpha numeric sequences for some reason.
Japanese serials have always been somewhat inexact, more inexact than even USA or MIM ones.