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MattC

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Does anyone know of anywhere I could trace a serial number on a bass I just may purchase? The seller and his broker (my two guitarists) are fairly sure that it's a '75 P-bass, and it certainly looks the part, but I'd still love to find out for sure. TY
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And since we're on that topic, what would be a decent range on appraised values? The Neck and headstock show some wear, and the original finish has been painted (although I intend to restore that finish to a natural, tung-oil finish). I was promised $250 as a price, and they both knew that it was worth more;, I'm just curious how much more...
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For the 70's Fender stuff and newer, the serial #'s run like this for the most part with the exception of some reissue Japanese products:

 

S = 70

E = 80

N = 90

Z = 2000

 

So the serial # is S478930 or something, the year is 1974. S + the first # after the letter gives you the production year. It should also be stamped in the neck heal if you care to remove it.

 

On an appraised value, most 70's P-basses I've seen are between $700-1000 given year, color rareness, and condition.

 

You can also try Fender's site "Mr. Gearhead". I think it's www.mrgearhead.com

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Ok, I'll be the first one here to tout tone over labels such as "vintage," but this is driving me crazy. I've got the serial number from that bass; the number stamped on the neck heel is 0103-4945. It does not folow the aforementioned prefix dating scheme, and in fact, might be much older. Problem is, though, that I cannot find a reference anywhere for this numbering scheme. If there are any fender experts out there, please give me a hand!
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