The lone letter "D" that appears on those early telecaster style Fender guitars.

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  1. twang junkie

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    Great thread, I'm lucky enough to own a 52 with a D marked as described. Just to confirm does anybody know if lap steels from this period also had the D ? This might tell us if it is a quality control mark or something just involved with the tele and Esquire
     
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    Excellent idea Holmes. Since there are no other letters reported, i.e. "A,B,C" etc. the possibilities are narrowing. Me thinks it's a binary message, either yes or no on a subject. Hard to believe that this is still a mystery but Scotland Yard can help perhaps. Can you drop by and ask them? Thanks.
     
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    Only a guess, maybe an opinion but I think it is a "CYA" stamp impressed with a simple steel stamp letter "D". I spent 45 years inspecting military aircraft and aircraft parts and I can tell you the first question they always when a product is found with an obvious defect is...… Who the hell inspected this? Followed by Who the hell built this?
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    It's the stamp used by a certain Mr Gomez when his pencil broke. It indicates taDeo.

    All such necks are now worth an extra 5k.
     
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    My 53 neck is signed and dated by Tadeo but no D stamp. Hmm.
     
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    On a perhaps related note, in '54 when the Stratocaster came around it appears the stamping stopped.
     
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    Does anyone know if this "D" can also be found in examples of the Precision Bass from that same period?
     
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    I was going through Forrest White's book trying to see if there were any hints in there.

    Could this "D" denote models that were made specifically for Don Randall to take out on sales calls?
     
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    Well... I took as good a look as I could at the photos I have of Grandpa's Nocaster.
    I don't see anything except pencil on the neck.
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    As for the neck pocket, there is a "D" and what looks like the possible imprint of a flathead screwdriver above it.
    However, I am legally blind & have a real hard time seeing any details.
    What do you think? Could it be a flathead screwdriver "makers mark" like the philips head neck impression posted earlier?

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    Not other marks or writing in any pocket or under the guard.
     
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    I strongly suspect that the letter D doesn't actually stand for anything. I think it's probably something they just had lying around, and that it only means "any body with a D on it can be screwed to any neck with a D on it." Thus, the other necks and bodies might need trial-and-error fits to be properly mated.
     
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    But this would mean that the guitars with the 'D' in the neck pocket would be screwed to necks with a 'D' also, and would be the same basic size as all the other 'D's. I have no actual proof that this is not the case, but I highly doubt it. All 'D' stamped bodies and necks are interchangeable? I guess it's possible, but highly unlikely.

    Still, we haven't heard one better ........ yet.
     
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    My Nocaster has a D on the body but not the neck (See my earlier post), & weren't all Tele parts built to be interchangeable/replaceable?
    I don't really think that theory works. (IMO)
    Nor the D (on body) is for the neck shape. My neck is a medium C.
    Just my two cents from a non expert
     
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    someone found the stamp and was just fooling around
     
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    Okay, maybe the second part of my conjecture doesn't hold water, but I bet it was just something they had lying around, and that it doesn't stand for anything.
     
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    Got a pic? Thanks...
     
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    heres a word that it might stand for...D..as in..[​IMG]
     
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    this would be the same as...[​IMG]
     
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    D looks hammer stamped..why stamp? because.. it doesn't come off..must be a major reason we don't want it to come off...and take the extra time to stamp....the D sits proud and is boss over the penciled dates and initials...my guess...it is a PASS..
     
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    Could it be a way to match pocket(width/depth/shape)profile to the heel of the neck profile from a specific production line?, I am not sure what process Fender would have used back then but production line working was common practise by then I would think?.
    Would they have had a high standard QC in their factory?, Suppose we really wouldn't know that answer without access to production records.
     
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