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Vintage fender help

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by glutah, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    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

    og61pbass Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
  3. og61pbass

    og61pbass Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    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

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    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.
     
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

    Feb 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    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?
     
  6. og61pbass

    og61pbass Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    wow I was way off...anyway the neck on my bass has the date in pencil not stamped,its vintage...
     
  7. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    273960, neck code, just can't make out the neck numbers...
     
  8. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Disclosures:
    Crafter of XBass cables
    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
     
  9. Kevin aka Kebo

    Kevin aka Kebo

    Nov 17, 2011
    Princeton NJ
    Disclosures:
    Owner - Kebo's Bass Works
    You never date off the pot codes. There wouldbe 10 zillion 1966 basses. As a dealer we use the latest date..
     
  10. the art guy

    the art guy Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Iowa
    Yeah, that's most likely a '70.
     
  11. WildBill987

    WildBill987

    Dec 8, 2011
    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.
     
  12. og61pbass

    og61pbass Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    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
     
  13. og61pbass

    og61pbass Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    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:
     
  14. glutah

    glutah

    Nov 5, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    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...
     
  15. og61pbass

    og61pbass Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    I cant tell either??? but I would say its a 5 because it has the same lines as the other 5 ???
     
  16. 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:
     
  17. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    Disclosures:
    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
    More pics, please.
     



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