In the fall of 1969 I bought a new blonde Telecaster bass and OHSC from a music shop Woodstock,N.Y. I moved to N.Y.C. a year later to attend School of Visual Arts and had the bass with me in a tiny apt. on 331 E.5th st. NYC, I went home for the Christmas holiday, when I got back to the apt. my '68 tele Bass was gone, only that. There were some junky musicians lived next door, I always assumed they did it since they knew i had the bass, but couldn't prove it . I reported it to NYPD , nothing came of it since i didn't have the serial # , the bill of sale was probably in the case. Recently, I was going through some 60's guitar catalogs in my archives, out fell the original hang tag with the serial number written inside, plus stamps of the assemblers from the Fender factory. I know it's like finding a needle in a haystack to ever locate it and recover it ..I posted it on something like stolenguitarregistry.com haven't heard from them yet. I apparently sent the warrranty card to Fender when i bought it, to prove I owned it,since it was attached to the hang tag. Does Fender keep a database of new instruments from that long ago to prove i owned and bought it in 1969? Is there a statute of limitations on stolen instruments from that long ago?