There was a lower priced Fender Contemporary Squier model produced as well.
The Fender Contemporary Stratocaster and Telecaster models were part of the Fender Japan E series model range.
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.
The System I tremolo system uses a behind the nut string locking mechanism and was manufactured by Gotoh.
The System II and System III bridges have individual string height and individual string intonation adjustments.
The System II and III tremolo systems use a height adjustable locking nut.
For example: a guitar whose serial number begins with the letter and number "E8", would have "theoretically" been manufactured in 1988 (E = in the Eighties, 8 = the 8th year...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.All the pickups used on the Contemporary models are Alnico and not ceramic pickups.The humbucking pickups used in the Contemporary models have a DC resistance which is approximately 7.6 .