Dating fender telecaster neck

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Again, a neck was stamped with either the new type of code or the old date stamp, but not both.After March 1973, Fender dropped the old style date stamp and continued to use the new style, 8-digit code until sometime in 1980 when small adhesive labels bearing Month-Day-Year date stamps appeared in the neck pocket, pickup cavity and/or back of the neck.This means two things for the owner of a 1969-80 Fender.First, the chances of having an intact stamped code is about 50-50.One plausible explanation is the use of leftover necks – Fender is known to have done this often.If you have a guitar or bass with this first style green code and you would like to submit it to the database I’m compiling, please send the model, serial number, code, and if you have them, the pot dates and pickup dates.Now that these instruments are hitting the "magical" 25-year mark, they have suddenly gained attention.I won’t get into the pros and cons of 1970s Fenders here, but instead, I hope to shed some new light on those weirdo neck codes.

Now that you’re all expert cryptographers let’s dive right into the 1972 – 80 coding system.An example of this is 02033923 found on a Jazz Bass.From 1972 through about March 1973, this new system was used concurrently with the old Month-Year date stamp.The strange and mysterious neck codes found on Fenders from 1969 – 80 have been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.Perhaps this is due to the fact that 1970s Fenders have, until recently, been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.

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