Perhaps this is due to the fact that 1970s Fenders have, until recently, been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.
Now that these instruments are hitting the "magical" 25-year mark, they have suddenly gained attention.
And where a demand is - there are some who want to make a profit and get in the business of duplicating and selling it for the real deal.
When I saw that stamp I wasn't that sure anymore - There is a lot of money involved nowadays in vintage guitars, good guitars get to be pointed out as an investment and disapear from the scene to become just an object to get a profit on in days to come.
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.
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.
Fender started to stamp date on necks some where in 1962. In the 50ties also no date marking at all as on many 59ers - A stamped date alone is not enough for dating a neck but most people look first for the stamped date and assume, if stamped, it is info enough to pay (high) asking price. Duchossoir (ISBN 0-7935-0860-6) is a very good guide for dating vintage Telecasters - it only costs a few dollars - much less than a vintage Telecaster.
Dot markers, tuners, trustrod, logo and fretboard can also tell a story. Before jumping into conclusions of the pics you see let's see how the date looks.