Dating fender precision
Andre Duchossoir briefly discussed his findings for the 1972-80 codes in his excellent Telecaster and Stratocaster books. I used this information as the starting point for my research.I examined and/or received information regarding stamped codes for about 150 Fenders made between 19. In most cases, the stamp was smudged beyond legibility or the stamps were incomplete. Some guitars simply had the model name, such as "MUSTANG" stamped on the butt end of the neck in green or red ink.CBS-Fender used this neck code system concurrently with the standard Month-Year date stamp that had been in use since 1962.Both type of stamps can be found on Fenders made from 1969 through 1971.The new code consisted of 6, 7 or 8 digits and was usually stamped in green ink.An example of this type of neck code found on a Precision Bass is 529129B.In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes.
2 = February 9 = 1969 B = 1 5/8 inch neck width (correct for a ’69 P-Bass). 10 = October 9 = 1969 B = 1 5/8 inch neck width Exceptions do exist.The new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender".