The date from 1969-71 stamped codes can be extracted by working from the outside inward.
Then in 1972, Fender changed to a new type of neck stamp which had 8-digits which was stamped in green or red ink.
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.
The strange and mysterious neck codes found on Fenders from 1969 – 80 have been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that 1970s Fenders have, until recently, been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.
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