Dating fender telecaster bass

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Twenty original jumbo frets, black dot position markers and small black dot side-markers.

The neck is stamped "23 MAY 68 C." Single circular string tree.

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It probably also says "Made in Mexico" somewhere in or on the amp, which also indicates it is one of the newer re-issue amps.

Only way to get the actual manufacture date for these newer amps is to contact Fender support and ask them about that serial number.

Also, some The Japanese serial number can be confusing too.

Mid–1997 the CIJ logo was the only one used on Fender guitars coming out of Japan (with exception the Squire series). I really don’t know, but the MIJ logo Fenders were for the USA market.On some of the early Stratocaster’s it was stamped on the back of the Vibrato Cover Plate.The Bridge Plate between the Pickup and the Saddles can also have Serial Numbers on some Telecaster’s.A guitar neck could have been produced in 1956, then slapped onto a body in 1957 and if late enough in the year pickups may have been put in early 1958.The best option for getting a close production date is to remove the neck from the body.

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