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    I wonder if anyone has one of these profane necks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post
    Here's a quote from an article on it, plus a link to read the whole thing....

    "It's a well-known fact that [in 1959] they dispensed with penciling in the dates," Kerry explains. "They went to a rubber stamp in 1960. Why? Well, there was rumor that there was a guy at the end of the production line and he was penciling in not the dates but profanity, and then bolting the necks together. Leo Fender heard about it, and said, 'Okay, you guys, no more writing the dates in pencils.'"

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    Doesn't mean they still couldn't scribble something in the neck anyway...
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    True enough....

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    True, but at least that problem led Fender to start the process of date-stamping necks. That's tougher to fake and generally a big step in authenticating Fender necks from mid-1960 onward.

    The 59 Tele's and Esquires are possibly a bit of an uphill sell because they're so different from anything that came before them. First year for rosewood fretboards, plus it was the only year Fender didn't do string-through bodies and used hardtail bridges. Add the fact that the necks aren't dated in any way, and it's a difficult instrument to verify.
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    Hmm I think I have the date from my Mustang written down--I may have to check on that
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post
    True, but at least that problem led Fender to start the process of date-stamping necks. That's tougher to fake and generally a big step in authenticating Fender necks from mid-1960 onward.

    The 59 Tele's and Esquires are possibly a bit of an uphill sell because they're so different from anything that came before them. First year for rosewood fretboards, plus it was the only year Fender didn't do string-through bodies and used hardtail bridges. Add the fact that the necks aren't dated in any way, and it's a difficult instrument to verify.
    Actually I would think that only one year with hardtail bridges would make the guitars more valuable, not less.

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