Date stamp in Fender bass bodies. When it began.
I've grown accustomed to looking for a date stamp in Fender bass bodies, but that covers fairly recent instruments, no earlier than the 90s.
I've been doing some work on a friend's vintage Jazz—basic setup, nothing big. He's not a bass player, but he's had this bass for 30 years. The neck is stamped 7DEC68. The neck pocket, however, is pretty much painted over. (Color is 3TSB). How normal is this? And when did putting a date stamp in the neck pocket begin at Fender?
Edward G., Baltimore, MD
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