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Fender neck stamp codes...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by MrCoolGuy, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. MrCoolGuy

    MrCoolGuy Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I understand that fender neck stamps indicated (vintage... say 60's)
    Model, month, year, width.
    With these being the model destinations :

    3/4-Musicmaster/other 3/4 scales(?)
    1-Jaguar
    2-Stratocaster
    3-Telecaster
    4-Jazzmaster
    5-Precision Bass
    6-Bass VI
    7-Jazz Bass
    8-Mustang/Musicmaster II
    9-Duosonic (? not 100%, but I thought this was right)
    10-
    11-
    12-Fender XII
    13-Jazzmaster/Stratocaster ('65-)
    14-
    15-Jaguar (66-)
    16-Musicmaster II/Mustang/Bronco (24" scale-1966)
    17-Mustang Bass

    Or something like that.
    But what is unique about each?
    Like why would a Mustang get a different neck than a Jaguar? Or a music master or a duo sonic... They were all maple/rosewood 24"... are there other differences?
    I understand tele necks are unique...
    But it seems like fender wouldn't have needed so many designations back then.
    Educate me.
     
  2. Dacious

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    Tele necks are square across the base, not rounded like Strat/Jazzmaster/Duosonic.

    The necks would have been made in batches for different guitars. Back then the neck and body would have gone into inventory. So stamping a partnumber meant when the employee was coming along with his order sheet he'd be picking the right neck for the right body, pickguard, pickups.

    Remember - a lot of the staff working on these wouldn't know what went with what just looking at the parts in cubby holes or on shelves. Especially once Fender added more models in the 60s and expanded adding more workers.

    At some point the big headstock strats might have meant different assemblies for Strat, Jazzmaster, Duosonic and Musicmaster - they weren't putting Brazilian Rosewood on low end stuff. They had rosewood and capped maple necks at different price points.

    Ditto Jaguar (premium) vs Mustang and the entry badged stuff.
     
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    Yes, from 62 to 1968, the first to digits are the model number that the neck belongs to, not the day of the month, the stamps go like this, XX-MM-YY-W, the XX is the model number, the MM is the month, the YY is the last two digits of the year, and the W is the nut width, a B nut width at 1 5/8ths is the most common. So let's say I have a November of 1963 Telecaster neck with a 1 5/8ths inch nut width, it should read 3 NOV 63 B. There are some other things about neck stamps that GuitarHQ talks all about it here.
    http://www.guitarhq.com/fender.html
     
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    Yes - that's the other variable. I had a 'A' stamped 78 narrow nut neck. The neck and body both had big A stamps in them. I never tried but I suspect the neck butt was smaller.
     
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    Yes... all of this... I know and agree. I guess my question was... why have different necks for mustangs, music masters, duo sonics and jaguars. (In the 60's) as far as I know they were all the same.
     
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    I think I figured it out... at least part of it. So Mustang necks are the same as Music Master, Jaguar and Duo Sonic necks... except they are set up with different combinations of fret wire size and different holes for tuners...
    So it makes sense for them to have their own designations.
     
  7. Mike Eskimo

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    My dream ?

    A 1960’s Strat with a C-stamped neck.

    99.9% of all vintage Fenders with a width code stamped on them have a “B” - 1 5/8”.

    C = 1 3/4”
     
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    There are tons of fender with "A" stamps.

    Virtually all 1964 mustangs had "A" necks... music masters, duo sonics...
    Tons.
     
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    You like wide necks?
    A 60's necks with a C stamp might be comparable to some modern
    B necks (1 5/8")... because, from the ones I've actually measured, a lot of 60's B necks are actually just under 1 5/8".
    Maybe the C necks are just under 1 3/4"...
    No idea because I've never seen one.
    Let alone the elusive D neck!
     
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