Dating fender pots
Date format is usually M-D-YY and often features the woodworker’s initials as well.
1954-1959: Same as above, only the format is M-YY, leaving out the day. March 1962 to 1965: Dark blue or red ink stamps below the truss rod adjustment at the neck butt. The “XX” does not refer to the day; it is a code for the neck type (e.g. The “W” stands for neck width: “A” is the narrower, “B” is normal width, and “C” wider and “D”, though rarely seen, is the widest.
Models from this period could have either code system.
1980: Little glued labels with MM-DD-YY date stamps appear in the neck pocket, pickup cavity and/or back of the neck.
The locations of the serial numbers and dates change from model to model and in some cases they have simply been omitted.
Also, labeling techniques have changed with Fender owners, slightly adding to the confusion. S.-made Fender guitars and basses from 1950 until today, since they are some of the predominant vintage guitars for sale on Vintageand
Again, either stamp can occur on instruments from this era.
A example of this is “02033923” found on a Jazz Bass.