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'E' Series MiJ '57 Precision - Help Decoding Neck Pocket / Heel Stamps

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JohnDeereJack, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. Afternoon all,

    I recently picked up a cheap, used MiJ '57 Precision. It's an 'E' series from somewhere between '84-'87. Apologies for the dreadful pic - my fone camera sucks!
    P Bass 03.jpg

    It has a maple neck, alder body, an aftermarket anodized pickguard (from doing a bit of digging online it seems these basses came with a 1-ply white guard) which I'll be replacing, and the previous owner has added an active SD APB-1 pickup, so I'll be replacing that too and reverting it back to a passive pickup (SD SPB-1)

    Anyhoo, I took the neck off and found 'PB-557' stamped in the neck pocket and on the heel of the neck.
    P Bass Heel.jpg
    P Bass Neck Pocket.jpg

    I guess PB=Precision Bass, and 57=1957 Reissue, but it's the other 5 I am confused about - does anyone know why the stamp has two 5's? From looking at other examples online I've also come across MiJ '62 RI P Basses with PB-562 stamped in the neck pocket and on the heel. Any ideas about this mysterious 5?

    Thanks in advance :)

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