Dating fender bass cases

Peghead decal logo now has 5 patent numbers (2,817,261 added).

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The red lettering is the logo currently is use whereas the slightly pixelated black/grey version is the original ‘spaghetti’ style.

I can’t find any information on who ‘tweaked’ the newest logo now used by Fender, but I think it’s safe to say that who ever designed the first one takes credit for the Fender logo overall give it’s closeness to the original logo design. Some official information on the history of the Fender logo over on and you can download various Fender brand logos and style guides on their Brand Logo page.

Bottom of fingerboard (part glued to maple) is arched. This transitions in with the smaller side dots becoming pearl after the larger 1/4" top dots become pearl.

Gold Fender peghead decal thicker than previous "spaghetti" logo. Plastic white three layer pickguard replaces celluloid. Maple fingerboard optional (2 piece neck, no "skunk stripe").

Walnut "skunk stripe" down back of neck where truss rod was installed.

Single layer, white vinyl pickguard with 8 attachment screws. Each nickel plated saddle is stamped "Fender Pat Pend" (note reissue models are stamped "Fender Fender"). Vinyl plastic knobs and pickup covers replace "bakelite".

As with the Marshall logo, the original ‘spaghetti’ style Fender logo (above) is by [someone unknown], although general chatter suggests it was based on Leo Fender’s own signature with the ‘F’ being simply reversed!

It’s a detail like that that can really create a truly ownable brand mark.

Also, while we are not a Fender dealer, we often have some in our used selection that come and go quickly so take a look on our used guitars, basses and amps page.

Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.

"Small" peghead, round string tree, truss rod adjusts at butt. Serial number on neck plate (except April to May 1954 models on back tremolo plate).

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