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Now that these instruments are hitting the "magical" 25-year mark, they have suddenly gained attention.
I won’t get into the pros and cons of 1970s Fenders here, but instead, I hope to shed some new light on those weirdo neck codes.
CBS-Fender used this neck code system concurrently with the standard Month-Year date stamp that had been in use since 1962.
Both type of stamps can be found on Fenders made from 1969 through 1971.
Additional information is needed to test the decoding theory and your help will be greatly appreciated.
Now that you’re all expert cryptographers let’s dive right into the 1972 – 80 coding system.
2 = February 9 = 1969 B = 1 5/8 inch neck width (correct for a ’69 P-Bass). 10 = October 9 = 1969 B = 1 5/8 inch neck width Exceptions do exist.
Andre Duchossoir briefly discussed his findings for the 1972-80 codes in his excellent Telecaster and Stratocaster books. I used this information as the starting point for my research.
I examined and/or received information regarding stamped codes for about 150 Fenders made between 19. In most cases, the stamp was smudged beyond legibility or the stamps were incomplete. Some guitars simply had the model name, such as "MUSTANG" stamped on the butt end of the neck in green or red ink.
This means two things for the owner of a 1969-80 Fender.
First, the chances of having an intact stamped code is about 50-50.