I have just purchased a vintage Musicmaster Bass neck online and cannot tell what year it was made. It has the small headstock logo with triangular tuning buttons and the only serial number is on the butt of the guitar.By using the standard numbering format I still cannot guess when it was made. From 1972 to 1980 Fender used a dating and identification system similar to the 1969 to 1971 system. The first 6 digits are paired codes for instrument type, fretboard type, and week.On some Telecaster guitars the serial number is found on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles.
Fender was sold to CBS in the first week of January 1965, but already in late 1964 mass production was slowly being introduced, which gradually lowered quality and ultimately collectibility.
It is important to remember that Fender serial numbers are NOT conclusively chronological. Back in the day, Fender made their serial number plates in big batches and the assembler simply grabbed a decal or more from the crate and slapped it on the guitar. To get as close as possible to determining the age of your Fender, make sure to check all dates on both body, neck and pots.
00: neck code (rosewood fingerboard)36: 36th week of year5: 19751: day of the week (monday)I don't understand what you are asking for sure as you don't specify the neck code you have.
If there is no date code stamped on the neck butt it would not surprise me.
Since the neck is only a component of the guitar, it could have been produced a number of years before the actual instrument was assembled, hence the date on the neck is not necessarily the production date of the whole guitar.
On early ’50s Stratocaster guitars serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate.
The last two digits year and day of the week, are read individually.09 = model code (Stratocaster)03 = neck code (maple neck)21 = week code (week 21)8 = year code (1980)5 = day of the week code (Thursday) https:// my input.
The stamp should have a letter in the end for width from 69-71, this reads more like their stamps starting in 19: Musicmaster Bass?
The neck code is completely legible only about half the time or a bit less than half. Early copies models have a small headstock logo, lack a serial number on the headstock and have small triangular shaped tuning keys unique to the Musicmaster Bass.
In this case if it only says FENDER on the headstock decal one of two things happened. The later issues featured a much larger headstock logo with a serial number silkscreened next to the "Fender" logo, and Mustang-style tuning keys instead of the triangular ones exclusively used on the early Musicmaster basses.
Again, either stamp can occur on instruments from this era.