Dating vintage fender bass
There are three pages in total: 1950's, 1960's and 1970's!
This PDF file has the infamous "JASS BASS" misspelling on the warranty registration card which is on page 12. This file came from member "Bassclef" at the Fender Jazz Bass Forum. This page is a gateway to a wealth of information on vintage electric basses by Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Hagstrom, Gretsch, Hofner, Epiphone, Guild, Harmony, Vox, Ampeg, Danelectro and Kalamazoo. Very educational and very fun site with tons of historical information. - Fender color offerings changed periodically which can help with dating.
My advice is not to buy a celebrity signed anything, vintage or otherwise, without authentication that the autograph is in fact genuine or proof that it is the artist's signature.
Proof could be a photograph of the artist signing the instrument or a photo of the owner with the celebrity while he is signing it is even better.
Usually this was on the back of the headstock and they just wrote their name.
Apparently writing down the serial number was way more trouble than writing your name on the instrument back then.
The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.
Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.For example any Fender Candy Apple Red instrument is 1963 or later.Keep in mind that scans of color charts will be an approximation at best.However over the past few years "actual value" was bringing a smaller percentage of the appraisal value than three or four years ago when the economy was better.Vintage instruments are again beginning to sell and the actual sale prices are starting to rise again.- I personally cooked up this four-page printable WORD document applicable to practically all Fender guitars and basses ever produced from day 1 in the back room of Leo Fender's radio shop up till this very moment. The Field Guide includes ALL serials from 1950 to 2011! "THE BROTHER DAVE POT CODE DECODER RING" allows you to date any USA made pot with just a mere GLANCE! General specifications, serial numbers, neck codes, Fender vintage guitar case logos. I refer to his NECK CODE and POT CODE pages frequently.- If you suspect an instrument has been modified to hide the true country of origin but you have the original serial number, then the country code reveals where it was made. Com site addendum page.- Often Ibanez instruments are very difficult to date, but this tool seems to be an excellent dating method.