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Looking for some info ~ 68 Fender P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Humble, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Humble


    Jul 26, 2012
    I was wondering if anybody could shed some light on a 68 P bass listed on ebay item
    #300747964556. actually wondering if it looks original or if the body & neck might be from different years?
    thanks much.
  2. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    He's going strictly by the serial number on the neck plate. These got swapped around quite a bit back in the day and new ones can be bought with numbers. Ash body, thumb rest vs tug bar, maple fretboard, looks more like a '73 or later. He took the neck off but doesn't show the date code on the heel? He either doesn't know any better or is hiding something. Can't make out the codes on the pots. I'd send him a message and ask for more, better pics.
  3. Humble


    Jul 26, 2012
    well he's got a bunch of photos of the neck heel you have to scroll through
    the slide show in the auction, the stamp on the neck is A 0106 - 0451
  4. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    The neck dates to Jan of '75. It's an "A" width 1 1/2" at the nut. "01" = Precision bass "06" is the neck code, but a fretted maple neck usually gets an "03". "0451" = 4th week of 75 Monday.


    " 1972 to 1980 Neck Stamps Explained.
    This information was provided by Greg Gagliano. The 1972-1980 eight digit code is similar to the previous 1969-1971 system. Example, Music Master (s/n 595121) with code 49002153. The first 6 digits are paired off and the last two digits are taken singly. So that gives us 49 00 215 3 where:

    49 = model code (Musicmaster, Mustang, Bronco)
    00 = neck code (rosewood fingerboard)
    21 = week code (week 21)
    5 = year code (1975)
    3 = day of the week code (Wednesday)

    Model Codes Used from 1972 to 1980.
    Model codes (first pair of digits):
    01 = Precision Bass
    02 = Jazz Bass
    04 = Mustang Bass
    08 = Telecaster Deluxe
    09 = Stratocaster
    13 = Telecaster, Telecaster Custom, Telecaster Thinline
    49 = Musicmaster, Mustang, Bronco

    Neck Codes Used from 1972 to 1980.
    Neck codes (second pair of digits):
    00 = rosewood fingerboard
    01 = rosewood fingerboard
    03 = fretted maple neck OR skunk stripe neck with rosewood board
    10 = fretless maple neck

    Now try and decode a Precision Bass (s/n 647149) with code 01031051. You should get:

    01 = Precision Bass
    03 = fretted maple neck
    10 = Week 10
    5 = 1975
    1 = Monday "
  5. Petethebassman


    Mar 7, 2008
    Looks like mid-70's with typical period features (thumb rest above E string, plastic tray under neck plate, large logo with bold font, ash body)




    To me the pot code reads 1377438, which would be a CTS pot (manufacturer code 137) made in the 38th week in 1974.


    A = A-width neck? It does look narrower at the nut than a regular P-Bass neck in the first picture.

    The neck stamp 0106 - 0451 is a bit strange: 01 is the correct model code for a P-bass, but the neck code for a fretted maple neck should be 03. The last four numbers would date the neck to Monday January 20th, 1975. (04= 4th week, 5= last digit of manufacture year, 1= 1st day of week, i.e. Monday). With a white pickguard, I'd say this could be an early '75. Nice looking bass!

    Source: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/fender.html
  6. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    Fender has used the letter code for neck widths A = 1 1/2 B = 1 5/8 C = 1 3/4 D = 1 7/8. I usually see this on older necks at the end of the date code. It could mean something different in this case. Hard to tell the nut width because most shots are from an angle with a good deal of perspective, but jazz width necks on P-basses were a popular custom order, which could also explain the "06" second number pair. In the one headstock shot it looks narrow. You've got a good shot of the pot and it looks like a 38th week of 74 on it's date code. We are also in agreement about the neck date. Early 75 neck with late 74 pots makes it a '75.
  7. Humble


    Jul 26, 2012
    Right on, thanks allot gigslut and Petethebassman, for taking the time & the information, has helped me out immensely, really do appreciate it.
  8. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I'm pretty sure any maple board Fender Precision from 1968 would have a cap neck, not a skunk stripe.
  9. gigslut


    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    Yep, Entwistle and Jamerson had maple cap '60s Precisions. The one piece maple didn't come out until '69.

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