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Fender neck code help

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by glutah, Dec 29, 2012.


  1. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    I think it says 5 23 025 B ? ImageUploadedByTalkBass.com1356761677.758634.jpg

    Wondering how old it is?
     
  2. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    The bass is supposed to be a 69...
     
  3. deeptubes

    deeptubes

    Feb 21, 2011
    Tidewater
  4. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
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  6. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    That would be February 1975 I think, but not sure if they were still using that date coding system then.
    Is the tug bar on the treble or bass side of the strings? What is the neck plate serial number? Should be under 300000 for a '69.
    The last number could be a 9, which would make it a 1969.
     
  7. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    The 5 may be a 9. The system is the one they were using is 69... Just hard to tell
     
  8. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    The neck plate puts it at 69. Just wanna be sure
     
  9. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Pot codes are a good way to date a bass. They might have still been using up the '66 pots in 1969.
     
  10. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Seems to look like a 9 in that fading.
    5 means it's a Precision neck, B of course is the width. The 02 should mean the neck is Feb of that year.

    Did you look at the pickup stamp? It would be four digits: middle two are the week, the last digit is the year.
    A 69 would very likely be wearing 66 pots (huge batch).
     
  11. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    Pots are 70, turns out to be a 70. Thanks for the help. Still going to buy it