Date stamp on 64 Pbass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 2string1, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. 2string1


    Apr 1, 2013
    I see Oct 64...What does the 5 and G mean?

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  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    o/o Richard Bales Restorations, and Instrument Technician, Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    5 is the Model Code for a Precision bass. And it's a "C" not a "G" - that's the neck profile - C-type.
  3. 2string1


    Apr 1, 2013
    Thanks... it looks like a G. Excuse me for not knowing but if it was another profile neck what would the letter be? Is 5 pretty common on the stamp. The reason I ask is the Luther that is giving it a fret job say's he has never felt a neck like this one on a pbass. It's very thin from front to back.
  4. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    If it was another profile, they would use A, B and C for the nut widths.

    A Jazz Neck would have a 7 at the beginning to denote it as a Jazz Neck.

    Yes, the 60's C width necks were wonderfully very thin front-to-back
  5. Every P-bass neck has a 5-code, just as every jazz-neck has a 7-code, every telecaster guitar neck has 3, a strat a 2, etc.

    That your luthier says it feels different is very possible, the standard neck in the sixties was the B-type. The A-type was the jazz-neck (and came standard on the jazz bass), the C is a tad more chunky than the B. Other profiles could be custom-ordered (in theory you could order a Jazz bass (which normally came with a A-neck) with a B and C, and a Precision bass (which normally came with a B-neck) with a A or C)
  6. 2string1


    Apr 1, 2013
    Thanks for the great info...