Dating fender case

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Ever since Fender started making basses in 1951 they dated certain parts and components to give a general idea of when the instrument was produced.The problem is that a neck might be made and dated and then sits in the factory for awhile until it's finally bolted to a body that is dated months later.

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Serial numbers can also be tricky when trying to get an accurate build date.There are some years in particular that can get real tricky.Some 1959 Precision Basses have no neck date stamp at all and several Fender basses from 1969 to 1980 have neck stamp codes that are difficult to decipher and sometimes impossible to read.The general rule of thumb is that a bass is as old as it's newest part, or at least it's latest dated part.So if you have Fender with a neck date of 1964 and the pots are dated 1965, then you have a 1965 Fender Bass.

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