Operation Match (part of Compatibility Research Inc.) launches.Started by Jeff Tarr and Vaughan Morrill at Harvard. "In one distribution of questionnaires, he drew eleven thousand responses at each, or ,000 in gross profits, about 0,000 in today's dollars."Classifieds made a comeback in America in the 1960s and 1970s, encouraged by the era's inclination toward individualism and social exhibitionism.You only need the first letter and the first 5 digits to determine the factory and the manufacture date.For example, U9208811: U= Ulm, West Germany Day=reverse the first and second digit=29. Day=reverse the first and second digit=02 Month=third and fifth digit=03=March Year=fourth digit=9=1969 This code would then be Berlin factory, March 2, 1969.
Telefunken was an old German company created back in 1903. There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model.