Fender Serial

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sippy, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    In the 70s , did Fender put there serial numbers in chronological order? For example is the guitar with the 505666 serial number older then the 506123?
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Not really. That's why its hard to date Fender stuff accurately. The neck plates, from what I've heard were in boxes and they just grabbed as they went.
  3. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    ohh ok I was wondering because my bass is a 73 with the serial 505666 and I saw one on ebay with a 507435 another 73.. then this 76 with a 508239 and it just amazed me that it would be that small of a jump for 3 years. Ok thanks :)
  4. Yeah, it's a general outline but it's not at all "accurate" by today's standards since they, very often, used leftover parts, and not only neck plates. It's not uncommon to have a later stamped neck attached to an earlier body.
  5. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Another issue that has surfaced is that, since the SNs were on the neckplate, it was pretty easy to "disguise" a stolen bass with a randomly selected neckplate. There is a "chronological" list of Fender SNs on their website, but, frankly, Fender was pretty careless.
  6. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    Yea I want to get an exact date of my bass, but I don't wanna take off the neck, and there was nothing at all underneath the pots, and since I found a 505*** that was a 73 then if they went in any kind of order then my 505666 would have to be a 73 :) ok thanks guys :)
  7. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    The pots themselves can be used to roughly date the bass, assuming they haven't been replaced. The pots carry a 7-digit code. The first 3 digits are the supplier, and the last 4 are the week and the year the pot was manufactured: XXX-1973 would be the 19th week in 1973, for example.

    Obviously, this doesn't correspond to the date the bass was made, but it at least narrows it down.
  8. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    yea the pots weren't originals :(
  9. F-Series (late 1965 to mid-1976)
    Big script "F" on neckplate below serial number. Known as the CBS era.

    100000 to 110000 = late 1965
    110000 to 200000 = 1966
    180000 to 210000 = 1967
    210000 to 250000 = 1968
    250000 to 280000 = 1969
    280000 to 300000 = 1970
    300000 to 330000 = 1971
    330000 to 370000 = 1972
    370000 to 520000 = 1973
    500000 to 580000 = 1974
    580000 to 690000 = 1975
    690000 to 750000 = 1976

  10. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The way of finding a year of a Fender:
    Check the neck for a date stamp
    Check the pots for a date
    Check the bottoms of the pups for the stamp

    The latest year part you find is what the earliest year the bass could possibly be.