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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.
1969: A new type of neck stamp of six, seven or eight digits was used on some models. Example: “529129B” (more info on reading there in the “nack stamps” section below.) This new green stamp was used simultaneously with the earlier “XX MMM-YY W” format.
Models from this period could have either code system.
1980: Little glued labels with MM-DD-YY date stamps appear in the neck pocket, pickup cavity and/or back of the neck.
Since Fender could probably produce more than 999 of any one type instrument in a month, it is more likely a batch or lot number.
On early ’50s Stratocaster guitars serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate.
On some Telecaster guitars the serial number is found on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles.
For example, let’s take a Stratocaster with the serial number 279515 and the code 22384109B.
Starting with the letter B, this is the same neck width code Fender has been using since 1962.