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

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  1. dlew919

    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm just commenting so I get further notifications of this discussion....

    My guess? Probably some kind of matchuup thing - but it's not D to D... or quality control... but those without it seem to be fine instruments....
     
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    I still want to know if any P-Basses from that time also have the stamp. Or, was it just limited to Telecasters. What about Esquires? Anyone know?
     
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    Maybe it was the best key to play them in?
     
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    Got any pics of his signature?
     
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    Here it is.

    If I look closely it looks like there might be a D in top left or right side or my eyes are fooling me.

    Maybe the D means “Done” as in Tadeo or whoever has made the final checks and has signed off of it.
     

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  6. Skamania

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    No, looking at the pic on page one and the size of the D stamp I would say there is no D stamped on my neck shown above.
     
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  7. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Afflicted

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    I agree Skamania.

    All the D's that I have seen, including those on photographs, generally appear to have been stamped with some degree of enthusiasm. They have been lustily applied, suggesting that they are meaningful, and perhaps mean something of a positive nature. What that 'D' denotes is significant in some way, but somehow it is just evading us.

    On a positive note however, those early guitars built in the 'D' period, but lacking the 'D' stamp, do not seem to be lacking in any other way.

    Could it be related to the eventual stringing of the guitar before being shipped? Obviously we would not being seeing too many of those guitars with their original strings, after 67 or so years of useage. But then you never know. The odd one may have been put in the attic and forgotten about, but too few to make an educated attempt at any off the wall theory.

    No early 'Keefs' around, perhaps ordering alternative tuning?.

    Well, I did at least try.
     
  8. aadvark

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    my '52 has the D. TG 9-11-52 neck date.JPG
     
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    D in shorthand means 'and', so thats not helpful!
    D for 'dry' seems possible, but why the inconsistency? (I guess some could get through because they were obviously already dry...)
    D as authentication stamp seems possible (to discourage rustlers - little did they know many 'tributes' there would be;
    as does D for finished, rather than quality control.. just D for Done.

    My vote goes to the theory that it's an early emoji :D
    Mine certainly makes me happy.
     
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    In manufacturing D may relate to Depth or Diameter but I can't see how that helps us in this instance....

    Deep?
     
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    I've been trying...

    I have in my notes that on my P bass the neck heel is stamped "X. ARMENTA" along with other fender factory stamps (no D). Xavier Armenta worked for Fender from 1956.

    I found one pic online of a '52 P bass heel: no D.

    Im gonna keep looking!

    :D

    52 P bass.png
     
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    and found a '52 bass with the D in both! a hammer stamped "ready" is my best guess, a signature or an inconsistent use of D for "done".
    52 bass pocket.png 52 p bass with D.png
     
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    Answered above, if they are authentic, which I have no reason to doubt!
     
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    Just to confuse matters further (not that it's needed).Many years ago I had a 59 strat....I only had the neck off it once..and there was definitely something punched into the end of the neck.At the time I assumed that it was standard practice so didn't take much notice..and I can't remember what it was.I sold it about 68 .As others have said maybe things were put in place and then altered.
     
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