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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.

8 DEC 65 B for a Duo-Sonic II with a 1 5/8 inch neck width).

A few Telecasters have shown up with neck codes that would indicate a 1967 date and one has been reported with a possible 1968 date, yet the rest of the guitar appears to be from 1969.

If Fender used the coding system as early as 1967, then we should see more 19 guitars surfacing with the green stamped code.

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.

Then in 1972, Fender changed to a new type of neck stamp which had 8-digits which was stamped in green or red ink.

For Stratocasters it is 22 and for Precision Basses it is 5.

The other three digits (320) are a mystery and perhaps are some kind of batch or lot number. Here’s our P-Bass again (s/n 277983) with the code 529129B.

For Telecasters, Telecaster Thinlines, and Esquires that code is 3.

One plausible explanation is the use of leftover necks – Fender is known to have done this often.

If you have a guitar or bass with this first style green code and you would like to submit it to the database I’m compiling, please send the model, serial number, code, and if you have them, the pot dates and pickup dates.

Again, a neck was stamped with either the new type of code or the old date stamp, but not both.

After March 1973, Fender dropped the old style date stamp and continued to use the new style, 8-digit code until sometime in 1980 when small adhesive labels bearing Month-Day-Year date stamps appeared in the neck pocket, pickup cavity and/or back of the neck.