I was speaking about the regular Tele model. It was during 1972 that the notch went away on most regular Tele bodies. The notch varied in previous years, but I've never seen a regular Tele that dated to 1971 that had no notch. But the vast majority of 1973 Teles will not have no notch at all. The model year 1972 Custom (earliest models were completed in late 1971) was different and debuted with a notch. It disappeared too, but wasn't completely gone for a few years. Same with the 1972 Thinline, the earliest of which also had Pat Pend Strat saddles and usually had the pup cavities re-routed for depth after finishing.