Serial number identification and decoding - Vintage & Rare Blog
Took the neck off to have a look and I see "" stamped on the I understand the idiosyncracies of Fenders neck dating, body dating. The body and neck dates on a / strat. The body date (right) is in the middle pickup cavity on this guitar. The body date on a 7/57 Telecaster, under the . The strange and mysterious neck codes found on Fenders from – 80 have for the codes in his excellent Telecaster and Stratocaster books.
Again, you have to apply logic. One interpretation is more sensible than the other. It is less likely that it is a 72 stamp. However, this is hypothetical situation. We are assuming that Duchossoir was correct that the guitar dated to 74, but we don't know if that is accurate.
Maybe it was really a Without the pot codes, this neck dating system is not much if any better than the serial number dating, is it? So, if it has been established, then 1 why isn't the reading of these digits standardized regarding what those last two digits mean, and 2 if there is no standard reading of those digits, then there is limited usefulness of this 'established system'.
And without neck codes, pot codes are of limited usefulness as well. After all, the pot codes only tell you when the pot was made.
Consider all the 66 pots found in Teles from the late 60s until around 74 though of course not in all eary 70s Teles. I don't know what you mean by standardized - but it has pretty much been established including on this board over the years and accepted that the second to last or last digit will represent the year, depending on which makes sense on that instrument. It's often obvious which it is, and only sometimes an either or situation.
For example, if the digit in the day of week position is 0 or 6, well, that's not possible.
As for your point number two, well, I disagree because while there are two variables it is a major clue. Dark blue or red ink stamps below the truss rod adjustment at the neck butt. A new type of neck stamp of six, seven or eight digits was used on some models. The new stamp was usually green ink.
How to Date your Fender Guitar by Serial Number
Models from this period could have either code system. A new eight-digit neck stamp was introduced colored either green or red.
Again, either stamp can occur on instruments from this era. Again, a neck was stamped with either the new or the old date stamp, but not both.
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Fender dropped the old style date stamp after March and continued with the new 8-digit code. April to After MarchFender dropped the old style date stamp and continued to use the new style, 8-digit code.
All non-vintage reissue instruments have the serial number printed on the decal on the face of the peghead. The approximate production year can be determined from this more about serial numbers will follow. Sometimes a date is stamped or hand-written on the butt of the neck. Vintage reissue instruments have the date on the butt end of the neck like the originals. How to read the neck stamps The neck stamps on Fenders from to can be most logically translated by reading from right to left.
Starting with the letter B, this is the same neck width code Fender has been using since The following three digits, herecould be a batch or lot number, or i could be the count for how many of this one instrument that was made within the month.
GGJaguar's Guitarium and Ampeteria Dating s Fender Guitars by Neck Code
Since Fender could probably produce more than of any one type instrument in a month, it is more likely a batch or lot number. Finally, the first one or two digits of the code tells you which model you are holding; 22 being a Stratocaster. There are some exceptions as you can see in this information provided by Mike Gagliano. A likely explanation is the use of leftover necks, which Fender is known to have done at several occasions.
Other exceptions exist as well. For example, a Strat with the neck code B. The first 6 digits are in pairs and the last two digits are standalone, giving us 49 00 21 5 3: Model codes first two digits: