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Dates for my Stratocaster

 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:52 pm    Post subject: Dates for my Stratocaster Reply with quote

So, I bought this guitar new in December 1973.
Dates:

=1973-74

= week 37, 1973
Then this:

This puzzles me slightly.
GGJaguar's page says that decodes as:
09= Stratocaster
01= Rosewood fingerboard
39= Week 39
5= Year, 1975
3= Day, Wednesday

Now, I know from a small set of grooves made by the threaded end of the tremolo arm that this is the same neck that was on the guitar when it went in for fret levelling back in the 90s, and that's the only work that's been done on it. Why does my neck have the wrong date code on it?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Dates for my Stratocaster Reply with quote

NickS wrote:
Why does my neck have the wrong date code on it?


His interpretation of the neck date codes is just a hypothesis.He says:

"the decoding hypothesis set forth here need to be tested further and any information that readers wish to submit will be greatly appreciated. The information needed is serial number, model, neck type, green or red stamped code, and any pot or pickup dates. The info can be sent to me c/o the 20th Century Guitar offices at 135 Oser Ave, Hauppauge, NY 11788."
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

20th Century Guitar has been closed down for at least 5 years.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe the day of the week and the year got reversed. I wonder if some
guy came in each morning and loaded the rubber stamp. If they were reversed
accidently it would mean it was actually a friday. That kinda makes sense. Everybody
is half cocked on fridays.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a good explanation to me Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the stamp got swapped, it would make it a 1973 guitar built on a friday.

On friday in a factory, don't expect anything to be right ahahah
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edit: Disregard, doesn't make sense after re-reading the OP
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