Calling Fender Experts - Neck Plate Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lfmn16, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I have a generic question that might be of interest to others so I'm not posting this in a thread specific to my bass. I also did a search, but didn't find the information I was looking for.

    My question is - in the 60's did Fender put a neck plate from one year on a bass body from another year? I have a neck plate with the number L95900 on a body which dates it to 1965 according to Fender - However, the neck is a 1968 tele bass neck and the body is a slab body which is consistent with the other 1968 tele basses I have seen.

    I'm just curious if this is likely something Fender did, or if someone else just swapped out neck plates for some unknown reason.

  2. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Not a single reply? I thought we would have a few Fender experts.
  3. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    It is not uncommon to find a body from one year mated to a neck from another year (as long as they are close) and the electronics (such as the pots) often will be from an earlier year until they used up stock but I have never seen a serial number off of the year like that. If you said it had a 65 SN but parts were dated to 1964 I could see how that happened. Older parts didn't get used until a later year. But having a serial number for years earlier than the parts is something I have never seen. At least not to the degree of what you are saying. The E4 (1984) serial number got used for quite a few years all the way up to the late 80's and the late seventies "S" serial numbers get a little wonky too but again...something like what you are seeing of years and years prior would suggest to me that the plate got swapped.
  4. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Yeah, definitely not originally from the same bass. Serial numbers could vary within a year but that's way too long an interval.
  5. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Thanks. I was thinking that myself. I've done a little more research on line. I need to take this apart and post picks in my other thread. This was kind of a generic question so I posted it separately.