Dating a fender precision bass
Incredible sounding and playing vintage Pbass from the best years:slab 59-62.. Nice dark Brazilian rosewood veneer fingerboard and clay dots with original frets. Original tuners, bridge, knobs, pickguard and shield. Original pu & both pots dated 1962 (304-6231) with original 0.1 cap. While this neck dating is useful in roughly determining the age of a guitar, it is certainly not definitive.The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced. instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted.
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Olympic White on VERY lightweight ash body, very yellowed. Original Maple neck with 1978 serial number on headfront..
Body dated 2/28 (1978) and stamped 0805 (week5 1978) in neck pocket.
Some old Fender guitars have the manufacture date written (by pencil) on the bottom of the neck (month, day, year) - second photo after the chart below ilustrates it. on the bottom of the neck (written by pencil on the wood of the neck, under the original finish coat), and I have seen other photos showing the same thing in some forums.
See below one of the guitars I had with E8 serial (1988): Telecasters - in some japanese reissues, serial will not be showed with the Made/Crafted in Japan decal, instead there will be a "serial number" stamped on the bridge.