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1975 P-Bass Neck - Mfg. Date Coding?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Groover, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. Groover


    Jun 28, 2005
    Ohio, USA
    Hello, Is there a way to tell what these numbers mean on the neck of a Fender bass? It's supposed to be from a 1975 P-Bass, but I'm not sure how you can tell from those numbers


    Thanks for the :help:!
  2. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    I'm sorry, your picture is a little blurry, so I can't read the numbers, but as explained in a great site that talks about vintage guitars, here's how the numbers work....

    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

    Here's a link to the site. It's great when you're dealing with the vintage Fenders.... Enjoy!!
  3. BassmanDk


    Nov 23, 2005
    Odense, Denmark
    Employee - 4Sound, Odense
    I read your neck as 0103?151 and that reads like this:
    01 is a Precision
    03 is a fretted maple neck OR skunk stripe neck with rosewood board
    ?1 is the weekcode so its the ?1 week of the year
    5 is for the year = 75
    1 is for day of the week = monday
    you can check at
  4. Groover


    Jun 28, 2005
    Ohio, USA
    Oh no... it was built on a Monday... in 1975!! :eek:

    That can't be good! :D

    Cool, thanks for the help on that. Now it makes sense, and it's right-on too (Maple, Fretted, and was told when I bought it that it was off a '75 Precision)

    Thanks again!