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Perhaps this is due to the fact that 1970s Fenders have, until recently, been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.
Now that these instruments are hitting the "magical" 25-year mark, they have suddenly gained attention.
Then in 1972, Fender changed to a new type of neck stamp which had 8-digits which was stamped in green or red ink.
An example of this type of neck code found on a Precision Bass is 529129B.
CBS-Fender used this neck code system concurrently with the standard Month-Year date stamp that had been in use since 1962.
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.
In 1969, CBS-Fender began to implement a new type of neck stamp in place of the usual date stamp consisting of model code, month, year, neck width (e.g.
Both type of stamps can be found on Fenders made from 1969 through 1971.
To clarify, a neck would have one or the other type of stamp… It is not known why Fender used two completely different systems at the same time.
8 DEC 65 B for a Duo-Sonic II with a 1 5/8 inch neck width).
The new code consisted of 6, 7 or 8 digits and was usually stamped in green ink.