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Vintage Bass!!! help!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Choyk, Jan 10, 2012.


  1. Choyk

    Choyk

    Jan 10, 2012
    Hi, i just bought a vintage P-Bass, but i'm having troubles whit the dating, so far i know that could be a 73 or 74, but i'm not sure about the diferences between those years models.

    The serial number of the bass is 410175 the neck "code" is this 01033443 the pots are dated 73, and the pickups has this numbers "A7 32 77" and the other one "1 7 38 73".

    Thanks!!
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  2. JxBass

    JxBass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    My Fender Bass book list serial number 538585 as May 74, so I'd say the chances are that yours is a 73.
     
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    My P bass is SN 584648 and is a late 1974.

    +1 on it being a 1973....
     
  4. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    CO
    The serial number of the bass is 410175 the neck "code" is this 01033443 the pots are dated 73, and the pickups has this numbers "A7 32 77" and the other one "1 7 38 73".

    The neck code can be deciphered like this
    01= Precision bass
    03= Maple fb
    34= 34th week of the year
    4 = 1974
    3 = 3rd day of the week.

    So your neck is a 74. As you probably know, Fender is famous for selling basses (especially in the 70's) with a 75 neck, 76 body, 75 pups and a 77 serial number. They had a surplus of parts laying around that would not get used for a year or two sometimes. Sounds like a cool 70's Precision, and I love 70's P-basses.
     
  5. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    What color pickguard, what kind of headstock decal, what side is the 'thumbrest/tug bar' on?
     
  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    No Pics, no ' 73 P-bass, LOL!
     
  7. gigslut

    gigslut

    Dec 13, 2011
    St Louis, Mo
    I've read that neck plates were stamped in batches and thrown in a bin, so serial numbers on them are not necessarily in chronological order.
     
  8. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Parts did come out of bins, but a variation of a few years is pushing it, until the '78-'81 period where it can be very hard to pinpoint the year. Early to mid '70s one can narrow things down a bit better, do to some fairly consistent transitional features, e.g long G bridge saddle, P/G colour, thumb rest position, number of neck screws. (J only), etc. the combination of these can help pinpoint the date to around a half year period.

    Very often sellers try to justify non original parts by exaggerating this parts bin scenario.
     

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