Thoughts on 60s Telecaster bass?

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  1. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

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    I'm on the lookout for a vintage telecaster bass.
    Found one and I'm looking at the neck stamps to determine year etc.
    Seller says it's a '68, but am I right that this neck stamp is '69?

    The code is green ink, 23 460 119C

    I'm assuming that's the "XX MMM-YY W" format if Is 23 the model code for tele bass, 460 is the lot #, month is Nov (11) and year is (6)9 with a C neck profile.

    Any thoughts on that? The other stuff?

    Also, this one's been modded with a jazz bass pickup (so it's cheaper that you'd expect). I kinda like that idea myself. Route isnt' the cleanest I've ever seen, so it'd probably need a cover or mounting ring.


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  2. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

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    I was expecting a date code more like this one:
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  3. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    not an authority, but the green stamp/numbers seem odd - the pic that devnulljp posted was more common - maybe things changed in '69. :confused:
     
  4. veebass

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    My 69 Tele has the same format as this 68. Mine is May 69 and I have seen a March 69 as well with the same format. Both these 2 have nitro finishes.
    They started to change things from later in 1969 from what I understand, introducing poly finishes and a different pickguard material.
     
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  6. Salamenster

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    Maybe also check out the dates on the pots for more closure?
     
  7. JimB52

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    Neck code looks OK. Besides the Jazz pickup, the bridge has been swapped out.
    If that PG is painted black over white on the front side it could be original, which is very rare. Most of them dissolved while stored in the case.
     
  8. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

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    Found s confirmed 68 instead -- it's a refin, but no nasty routes
    Pickguard is probably a repro too, but I got it for a good price.
    This is my year of birth bass :bassist:

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  9. thebrian

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    Well.. this one time.. at band camp..
    Fender used both types of neck stamps (date and code) in '69-71. In '72 or so, they changed the code stamp and still used the date stamp also for a few more years.

    For the neck that the OP made the thread about, the "23 460" is a batch code (or similar), and the "119 C" means November 1969, C width nut.

    When they changed the code in about '72, the 2nd to the last digit represented the year (instead of the last), and the 1st 4 digits represent the type of neck construction - maple or rosewood, fretted...
     
  10. JIO

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    Sure enough - here's another current thread w/a similar green stamping -

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/fender-dating-help-needed-1067086/
     

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