Dating fender japan bass
Then in 1972, Fender changed to a new type of neck stamp which had 8-digits which was stamped in green or red ink.
An example of this is 02033923 found on a Jazz Bass.
This version of the Aerodyne Jazz is similar to the other Japan non-export models, except that it has two (Di Marzio-designed, but manufactured in Japan) J-style pickups instead of a stock P/J pickup configuration.
The strange and mysterious neck codes found on Fenders from 1969 – 80 have been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.
This variant has a radiused, carved basswood Precision Bass body with cream binding and flamed maple top, P/J pickups, Jazz Bass neck with a 20-fret stained rosewood fingerboard with aged pearloid dot inlays, matching headstock and a 3-ply white pickguard.
It was introduced in 2006, and was offered in Natural, Blue, and Crimson Red Transparent finishes.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that 1970s Fenders have, until recently, been all but ignored by the vintage and collectible guitar community.
Now that these instruments are hitting the "magical" 25-year mark, they have suddenly gained attention.