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The strange and mysterious neck codes found on Fenders from 1969 – 80 have been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.

Perhaps this is due to the fact that 1970s Fenders have, until recently, been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.

There were also a number of limited run series made for large Japanese guitar shops, such as Yamano, these can be spotted by the lack of a pickguard hole as they were ordered with the pickguards off, and are sometimes, but not always, solid flame tops, and one very limited run features solid Flametops, and a one piece back.

Hey Zach, I have a Gibson Les Paul I’m trying to identify.

The neck-butt stamp will provide year/week/day or year/week. The year is a big thing to some for parts and is the seller telling the truth. To find the year of my Strat you need to pull off the neck. Gfs sells them in the proper range for each place Neck, Middle and Bridge. Yes, I agree it is good to keep track of the guitar parts. I will end up with two types of Telecasters and two types of Stratocasters.

This neck/butt year/week date-code should be close the several guitar body pards to tie both together as one original guitar. Now you get in to vintage stuff and I pull out the stops. I put a hand made sticker with the Y/M/D and my name. But, I have purchased 110( ) 1950s & 1960s Jensen Speakers and I wish to have special non-normal cabinets built.

Both type of stamps can be found on Fenders made from 1969 through 1971.Now that these instruments are hitting the "magical" 25-year mark, they have suddenly gained attention.I won’t get into the pros and cons of 1970s Fenders here, but instead, I hope to shed some new light on those weirdo neck codes.Dating Telecaster Pot Potentiometer, Please Help Hi! Toppscore Well, if anyone knows how to date a Telecaster pot, PLMK. I also did not know you could date a guitar by them. Fender is/was very consistant as how the week/year dates were labeled/stamped on most vendor supplied items used within Fender guitars & amplifiers.I can read one Pot/Potentiometer on my 1978 (I think) American Standard Telecaster: R1378131 = 13th Week of 1978??? The true answer will make me understand what I have and whether I list the Telecaster on EBay or not. The Pot/Potentiometer on my 1978 American Standard Telecaster: "R1378131". After 1980 you will see "yyww" = "year/week" for the last four digits.The Orville by Gibson Les Paul Reissue series (LPR ) 1993-1994, were the top of the range Japanese produced Gibsons, they all have stock Gibson USA electrics and pickups, usually nitrocellulose laquer finishes, blank truss rod covers and fret edge binding, and were only made from late 1992 to early 1995, they also tend to have the fattest necks of all the Ob G's.These are rare, and the Ob G Reissue solid flametops are even rarer.In 1969, CBS-Fender began to implement a new type of neck stamp in place of the usual date stamp consisting of model code, month, year, neck width (e.g.8 DEC 65 B for a Duo-Sonic II with a 1 5/8 inch neck width).There are two basic components to your Les Paul question: dating it and identifying it.I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.