Dating fender strat pots

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1972: A new eight-digit neck stamp was introduced colored either green or red. From 1972 to around March 1973, this new system was used simultaneously with the previous “XX MMM-YY W”.

Again, either stamp can occur on instruments from this era.

The next number is the production year, in this case 9 = 1969.

On some Telecaster guitars the serial number is found on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles.

A example of this is “02033923” found on a Jazz Bass.

From 1972 through about March 1973, this new system was used concurrently with the previous “XX MMM-YY W” format.

Finally, the first one or two digits of the code tells you which model you are holding; 22 being a Stratocaster.

There are some exceptions as you can see in this information provided by Mike Gagliano.

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