The Fender Contemporary Telecaster models used the same tremolo systems as the Fender Contemporary Stratocaster models.bridge in terms of intonation and string height adjustments.
The System III tremolo system was designed by John Page, Dan Smith, Charlie Gressett and John Carruthers. Sometimes parts of the tremolo system are lost and one common modification is to make the bridge function as a hardtail by locking the bridge into a non movable position and installing a string tree for the first and second strings so that the strings don't slip out of the nut slots.
The pickups used in the Contemporary models were manufactured by Fujigen.
When CBS sold Fender to its current owners in 1984 there was a transitional period from 1984 to 1987 with limited Fender USA production resulting in mostly Fender Japan and leftover stock being sold.
There are also Fender Contemporary Telecaster models with HSS or HH pickup configurations and switches for selecting pickup options.
Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.
At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the headstock or on the cover plate of the vibrato.
This guide explains the basic differences between Fender USA guitar serial numbering, and Fender Japan serial numbering.
If you already have a basic understanding of the USA serial numbering system, just skip down to the next Bold Centered Most readers of this are probably already aware that Fender USA guitar serial numbers "theoretically" follow a pattern.
There was a lower priced Fender Contemporary Squier model produced as well.