Vintage fender help

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  1. glutah

    glutah

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    I have a fender pbass with 70 pots and a 69 neck plate and this is what the neck says, what year is this bass? ImageUploadedByTalkBass.com1357782838.440400.jpg
  2. og61pbass

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    :meh:may 23 1998 ???
  3. og61pbass

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    if you have the ser. number theres a website that can tell you what year your bass is,I'm trying to remember the name of the site??? when I get home tonite I'll give you the website...
  4. Dluxe

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    5 is Precision bass the 230 is supposed to be a batch number. 2 for February, 9 for 1969 and B for the width at nut.
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  6. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member

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    Based on the latest date, it would be a '70. Fender used parts on hand and not necessarily specific order. The body could be from '70.

    Like og61pbass said: What's the serial number?
  7. og61pbass

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    wow I was way off...anyway the neck on my bass has the date in pencil not stamped,its vintage...
  8. glutah

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    273960, neck code, just can't make out the neck numbers...
  9. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

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    Serial seems '69 - but I'd go with the pot date codes. My '59's neck plate's serial number has a '58 date code, but a rosewood/maple neck... so, '59
  10. Kevin aka Kebo

    Kevin aka Kebo

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    You never date off the pot codes. There wouldbe 10 zillion 1966 basses. As a dealer we use the latest date..
  11. the art guy

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    Yeah, that's most likely a '70.
  12. WildBill987

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    You could also take out the pickups to see if there is a date underneath the coils. I have a '69, and have just swapped the original pups back in, and they are late 68. The summer of love. Might be more of a hassle than you want, but it would be another point of reference.
  13. og61pbass

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    ok here is that website:guitardaterproject.org click on fender click on pot and enter serial number of the bass not the pots and it should tell you what you want to know...:D
  14. og61pbass

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    ok I went a head and did it for you,results: your bass was made at the fullerton factory in 1969...serial no.273960...:hyper:
  15. glutah

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    Og, your the man. The only thing that has me curious is the codes on the neck, can't tell if the last one is a 9 or 5...
  16. og61pbass

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    I cant tell either??? but I would say its a 5 because it has the same lines as the other 5 ???
  17. Beano_z

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    If I remember correctly, It has to be a "9", because it stands for 1969, if it were a 5 then it would have been a 1965, but in 1965 the dates were stamped in a different format, more like "5 Jul 65 C" or something.

    "5" stands for precision bass
    "B" stands for neck width

    :bag:
  18. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    More pics, please.

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