Quick Neck Pocket check

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  1. Neener

    Neener Tele-Meister

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    This is the neck pocket for a 1988 Tele American Standard in Gunmetal blue. Everything else checks out.

    Never seen without a date stamp, what do you think?

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    Could the date stamp be under the shielding?


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    Is that shielding, or just paint "bleed"?
     
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    here's a pic of an 87 strat neck pocket.... no date in the pocket, that was on the heel of the neck..

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    I defer to your better judgement.


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    Yes it's paint bleed, but no date or name stamp, which I thought was interesting...
     
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    Not having a date stamp on the body isn't a big deal for that era. I wouldn't say that it was half-and-half as to having the date stamp, but it's probably not far off that - but I'm not sure if the majority had them or didn't have them; it was pretty hit-and-miss for a while there.

    Fender was really ramping up production during 1987-88 - per some comments in "The Stratocaster Chronicles" (by Dan Smith and/or George Blanda) they went from doing 10-20 instruments per day in early 1986 to doing 150 per day by mid-late 1987 - it's not surprising that some steps got skipped.
     
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