Dating fender musicmaster bass
Removal of the neck of your bass might show a stamped date on the heel of the neck, but the neck might have been stored for sometime before it was actually attached at the plant and shipped for sale.
It's likely that your bass can be given a birth 'range' rather than a date.
Most specifications for the Fender guitars are hardly changed.
Although there have been periods in which major changes occurred as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fender to the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models are in general not changed.
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.
Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.
Serial numbers where put on the headstock of guitar necks somewhere near 1976. Between 19 Fender instruments were only constructed in Japan while a recent new owner took over Fender and was building a new plant in America. "CB" serial numbers were put on Jazz basses from 1981 to 1982. "CD", "CE", "CO", "GO" and "CB" serial numbers are on special Precision Basses from 19.
Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. Although Fender had already switched in 1954 serialized for all models on the neck plate, is the serial number at some Precison's still affixed to the bridge plate.Accurate dating of musical instruments is a very easy and useful skill to learn.