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Dating a Fender Neck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basss, May 19, 2005.


  1. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NY
    I have a jazz neck with no body. I bought it used in the late 80's and it was attached to a P shaped body that I don't think was a Fender. I have now idea how old it is. The number 023 is stamed to the butt next to the truss rod opening. It has a rosewood f/b, pearl block inlays and white binding around the f/b. The logo has some pattent #'s and the words "offset contour body patented" more towards the front. I realize it may by hard with no serial # but I thought I'd give it a try.
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Candles wine and mood music.
     
  3. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    How about some pics of the front and back of the headstock as well as the heel.
     
  4. pyrohr

    pyrohr

    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    What! you want a picture of her front and back with her heels? :)
    A real picky dater you are! :)
     
  5. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Hey, I gotta be sure of what I'm getting into. No cheap ladies for me!
     
  6. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NY
    very funny guys.
    some pix
     
  7. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NY
    more pix
     
  8. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Looks like mid seventies to me. Around '75 or so?
     
  9. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NY
    sorry about the blurry photos
     
  10. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NY
    thanks! Just outta curiosity, how can you tell?
     
  11. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Largely from the tuners. It looks like they say Fender, and I believe they changed the tuners sometime around that era, these are what are on my '78. From there, the decal doesn't have a serial number (they put them on the headstock starting in 1976) so I figure it's before that, but not too much.

    IIRC they started offering blocks sometime around 1973 or 74.
     
  12. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    NY
    thanks again!