Help breaking down a weird '73 Telecaster neck stamp code

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  1. TeleAggie

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    Hi! I am new to this forum and thought someone here could help decipher this weird neck code stamp from my '73 Telecaster. It is 8 digits (11330013), but doesn't seem to follow any scheme that I have researched. Any help would be appreciated! The underside has "H.Ferry" stamped (for Henry Ferry). 73_tele_neck heel.jpg
     
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    I've never seen a stamp like that before. Do you have more pictures of the guitar?

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  3. TeleAggie

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    16FD6D03-A77B-42DB-AA41-A76A92DE3D26.jpeg F7509AA5-19B3-47D6-B6CA-D0C2B5A97916.jpeg AF0B2460-B18A-4968-883B-231B9021AA2F.jpeg 6BF9588C-B1AE-49C5-8ED1-EC336054A2CF.jpeg 3F651457-4360-462A-BC9F-19396A4F7D7F.jpeg 53BB3A5D-4657-4899-B77A-4BDD55A8A781.jpeg D0CB9769-4B60-40B8-ABD8-3BC6D50E7F63.jpeg Here are some additional pics. FYI, I purchased it two weeks ago from Gruhn Guitars when I was in Nashville. It was certified by George Gruhn to be a 1973. The pots date to the 48th week of 73.
     

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    I’m sure one of the 3s is probably for 73 and the other numbers are probably the model/month/date/ production
    Now we just need an order
    For what it’s worth I’ve never seen one of these either but I’m sure someone in this vast televerse has.
    I hope you get an answer I’m interested in what this mark is.
    The inspection and name stamp definitely look correct to me and if Gruhn said it’s a 73 telecaster than his word is as good as gold, as far as authentication
     
  6. TeleAggie

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    I’m with you Fretting Out, I’m also sure one of those 3’s is for 73. Some of the other numbers should be week and day of manufacture but order is unclear. The only scheme I have found involving 8 digits from that era show that the numbers should have started with “1303”, where 13 was for Telecaster and 03 was maple fretted neck.
     
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    Fender was very inconsistent with neck dates in the early 70s. I have '71 and '72 telecasters, as well as '74 and '77 stratocasters that have small numbers stamped in red, green. Haven't been able to make sense out of them. The Telecaster Custom and Telecaster Deluxe tend to have a more definitive stamp on them, probably to indicate a non-standard guitar.
     
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    That’s a nice collection of 70’s Fenders! Good to hear I’m not the only one with the odd neck stamp numbers!
     
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    Have you asked Gruhn how they determined it is a 1973 model? I'd ask them to show me another example with a stamp like that. It would not surprise me if they went by the pots and hardware instead of the stamp.
     
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