Fender American Vintage P Bass - What year was it made?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kida71, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. kida71


    Aug 2, 2009
    Hi all. I bought an AV P Bass used about 10 years ago, and I'm just now trying to figure out when it was made.

    The serial number on the neck plate is V046XXX. I took the neck off thinking the year would be written on the bottom, but it's not.

    The back of the neck however is stamped with "GASTELUM", and it has a large white rectangular sticker that has "PA" written in blue marker.

    thanks in advance.
  2. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    The neck plate serial numbers vary widely, but your bass was probably made in 1989-91.
  3. Neck was shaped by Herbie Gastelum, the Yoda of neck shaping at Fender (...since the 50's I believe).
  4. DudeWheresMy182


    Jun 23, 2004
    pics would be nice.