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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / How come so many 69-71 stratocaster neck stamps are missing??



Mar 17th, 2017 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Anyone knows why so many 69-71 stratocaster neck stamps are faded so much they are gone or almost gone?? Could it be the interaction between the lacguers (paints) between neck and body??

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American Patriot

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Mar 18th, 2017 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I found a YT vid about some necks where there was no date stamp. In the late 50's the guy referred to it as the "Kirkwood era". I had never heard of that and I've been a Fender guy forever. If a neck ever had a date on it, I have not seen any just fade out.

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Edmond, OK

Mar 19th, 2017 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ditto. I've never heard of it either. Might bear a bit more looking into.

Mars Hall

USA NW Indiana

Mar 24th, 2017 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

This topic has some interest to me being my last name is Kirkwood! Lol

Danny Nader


You should have been there!
May 26th, 2017 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Many Fender instruments from that era have faded or completely vanished neck dates. Another sad fact of life. Doesn't need a lot of investigation. It happened.

Most likely due to interaction of solvents, lacquers, sealers and the ink stamp. Morgan got it right.


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