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What does the stamp mean?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by roachmon, Jan 24, 2021.

  1. Henley

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    Looks like a MIM Fender body to me...but I don't know nuttin.
     
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    Interesting. M = Mexico?

    Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups?

    Do MIMs typically have that Genuine Fender Parts stamp? Replacement neck with replacement body?? I'm confused. Oh well, perhaps Fender will shed more light. At least it isn't a Chinese knock-off!
     
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  3. roachmon

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    Yeah it's encouraging. At least it's Fender
     
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    I have the impression that the later Mexico made necks and bodies have been drilled. Your neck pocket has the big hole in it (between the four neck attacking screw holes) and Mexican necks are drilled on the back where they attach to the neck pocket.

    Right?

    Wrong?
     
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  6. roachmon

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    Not a clue. Thats why i'm here LOL
     
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  8. Tuxedo Poly

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  9. roachmon

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    I think you’re right. I just checked out those links. Seems like the CS60’s body had some extra holes drilled in the neck pocket as well. Not in the exact locations though. So at least I have a “good mutt” . Still, it’ll be interesting to hear what fender has to say
     
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    As in the stock market, you don't take a loss until you sell. It is a good, solid guitar. Try and track down the seller and negotiate for a partial refund or full return. If it was sold as an MIA Fender, it was a fraudulent sale. What kind of case candy came with it? Did it come with the case pictured? The guitar on Reverb does not come with a case, and "lesser" pickups, so yours should be worth a little more.

    ALSO keep in mind simple depreciation. What is your guitar actually worth if it WAS a MIA guitar? Unless you got it dirt cheap, you lose a few hundred bucks the day you take any new guitar home. The fact that it can't be sold as MIA, it can be sold as a "Custom Partscaster" with no reservations. Perhaps "Made In The AmericaS"!

    Don't beat yourself up. You have a very nice instrument - all quality components wrapped in Candy Apple Red. Can you return the new one as "unsatisfactory"? It may be your best move in the long run if you can't afford to keep both.
     
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  11. John C

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    Yep; you nailed it and I blew it on the body: USA replacement neck, MIM Classic Series body. Nice parts though; looks like a well-built guitar with Fender parts.

    I honestly didn't know that some Fender bodies had that truss rod access cut-out besides the American Elite models (that had the wheel-shaped adjuster at the neck heel like a Charvel, EVH, etc.).
     
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    Yup at least it seems the parts are good, not a Chinese body with no-name hardware and pickups with a Fender neck slapped on.

    Though I can understand being bummed that it isn't what you thought you bought.
     
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    You're right. It's going to depreciate no matter what. I can afford the two but would rather have the cash and the knowledge that i didn't get "taken". But in the end I'm in the fortunate position to not be truly hurt by the transaction. And if i do keep it...well then, it's another piece of my sonic landscape!:cool:
     
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    That's the attitude! Let us know if you ever track down and get a 'splanation from the seller.
     
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    Will do. Thanks everyone!
     
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    Possible, but trev's has a "C" and it doesn't look Chinese. Plus bodies have those extra CNC holes which can point to country of origin.

    I'm guessing "Morales": or something like that.

    Could be something different like batch code, factory code, series, etc.
     
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    "C"=California?? But to me it looks like a "D" = Dave? Done?

    I'll bet Fender employees have quite a laugh when they see owners scrutinizing their shop marks! Maybe it means Monday - which sometimes can be a bad omen...
     
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    This is a James Burton Tele neck pocket.

    Curious mix of stamps and scribble. Why TOP?

    James_Burton_Neck_Pocket.jpg
     
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    I see ToP - go To Paint?
     
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    I like it.
     
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