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Fender dating help needed...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by knuppe, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. knuppe


    Oct 25, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    So, I have this Fender Precision that I am looking to sell. I bought it as a 1969 precision bass, but now that I am planning to sell it, I need to be certain of what I am selling. Can you guys help me?

    These pics should help decide... Hopefully.

    The number appear to be:
    0103 852/652
    The serial number is: 275361

    Anyone out there that can chime in?

    THANK YOU!!!
  2. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    The 1969 to 1971 Neck Stamps Explained.
    This information was provided by Greg Gagliano. The neck stamp used from 1969 to 1971 can be extracted by working from the outside inward. For example, let’s take Telecaster Thinline (s/n 272207) with the code: 3320119B. Starting a the right we have the letter B. This appears to be the same neck width code that Fender had been using since 1962. The next digit denotes the year, in this case 9 = 1969. The next one or two digits denote the month, in this case 11 = November. The first one or two digits of the code, in this case 3, denotes the model. For Telecasters, Telecaster Thinlines, and Esquires that code is 3. For Stratocasters it is 22 and for Precision Basses it is 5. The other three digits (320) are perhaps some kind of batch or lot number. It could also be the number of instruments of this type produced for that month, but I would suspect Fender could make more than 999 of any one instrument type in a month. Hence it is probably a batch or lot number.
    Here’s our P-Bass again (s/n 277983) with the code 529129B. Breaking up the code we get:
    •5 = code for Precision Bass
    •291 = batch or lot code
    •2 = February
    •9 = 1969
    •B = 1 5/8 inch neck width (correct for a ’69 P-Bass).

    Here's another, a Strat (s/n 279515) with code 22384109B. Break it into pieces:
    •22 = code for Stratocaster
    •384 = batch or lot code
    •10 = October
    •9 = 1969
    •B = 1 5/8 inch neck width

    1972 to 1980 Neck Stamps Explained.
    This information was provided by Greg Gagliano. The 1972-1980 eight digit code is similar to the previous 1969-1971 system. Example, Music Master (s/n 595121) with code 49002153. The first 6 digits are paired off and the last two digits are taken singly. So that gives us 49 00 215 3 where:
    •49 = model code (Musicmaster, Mustang, Bronco)
    •00 = neck code (rosewood fingerboard)
    •21 = week code (week 21)
    •5 = year code (1975)
    •3 = day of the week code (Wednesday)

    Model Codes Used from 1972 to 1980.
    Model codes (first pair of digits): •01 = Precision Bass
    •02 = Jazz Bass
    •04 = Mustang Bass
    •08 = Telecaster Deluxe
    •09 = Stratocaster
    •13 = Telecaster, Telecaster Custom, Telecaster Thinline
    •49 = Musicmaster, Mustang, Bronco

    Neck Codes Used from 1972 to 1980.
    Neck codes (second pair of digits):
    •00 = rosewood fingerboard
    •01 = rosewood fingerboard
    •03 = fretted maple neck OR skunk stripe neck with rosewood board
    •10 = fretless maple neck

    Now try and decode a Precision Bass (s/n 647149) with code 01031051. You should get: •01 = Precision Bass
    •03 = fretted maple neck
    •10 = Week 10
    •5 = 1975
    •1 = Monday

    Your neck should be a 1975
  3. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Plus - not a '69 decal. :meh:
  4. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Decal looks like a '69 to me!
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  6. soaf


    Jul 27, 2013
    Your neck is a 1975 precision maple, made on a tuesday.
  7. soaf


    Jul 27, 2013
    ...and your neckplate is a '69.

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