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    Default Help Me Date This Neck Please

    My first post here.

    Yesterday, I traded a couple of guitars for a Fender Precision bass. I know the body has been refinished and then stripped back to it's natural finish. I think the neck has been refinished and had a decal put back ion the headstock. It was not a good job. I really think the neck is a vintage Fender neck but I'm confused by the heel stamp.

    The nut width is 1 5/8".

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    I played a Precision for years and loved it. It was a superb bass guitar. I never took it apart so I am sorry to say that I can't help you with the neck. We do have some great people here that can help you I am sure. Please be a bit patient and allow them all to check in and see your post. Welcome to the forum!
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    Thanks! I'm a Rory fan too.

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    I think the body is a 1973 Fender Precision that was originally a Natural finish but painted blue and then stripped back to natural. I think the pick guard and the jack are not original. I'm undecided if the pickups are original.

    Here are some more pictures of the body and electronics:








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    Potentiometer 137734... [COLOR=#000000]This potentiometer was made by [/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#000000]CTS Corporation (Chicago Telephone Supply)[/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#000000]in the 34th week of 1947 or 1957

    Serial Number 411013... [/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]Your guitar was made at the
    Fullerton Plant (Fender - CBS Era), USA
    in the Year(s): 1973 - 1974[/COLOR][COLOR=#000000] [/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]
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    Hmmm... very interesting. The pots are older than the serial number plate. I can't read the numbers on the neck well enough to decipher that. It sure looks like an authentic American made Precision. From the potentiometer, it would look like it dates to very late 1957 or early 1958. The neck plate could have been changed later.
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    Weird.

    I read 0101 1718 on the neck heel.

    Wonder what I can get for that pot?
    Last edited by Torren61; 04-13-2014 at 11:08 PM.

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    I'm not trying to get a value for the bass. I'm not concerned with the "value", I'm simply trying to determine the date of manufacture of the neck. If it turn out to be a fake (Chinese or repro), it's okay. I'm hoping the neck will be within 2 years of the manufacture date of the body. I think we all know that Fender bodies and necks are often not of the same year.

    If the time comes that I'm parting with the guitar, I just want to be able to somewhat explain the discrepancies.

    It seems the pots (at least one) are from the '50s and the pick guard may not be original and neither is the jack. Again, that's okay. The pickups may not be Fender from that era. That's okay, too. It SOUNDS good. It PLAYS well.

    I'd like to establish a reasonable line of provenance from the time it left the factory. I can't do that without your help. You guys know way more than me. Will you guys help me?

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    When I say "Help me 'date' this neck", I don't mean have sex with the neck. We've done that.

 

 

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