Reading the date of birth.

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Reading the date of birth.

Postby Hauge » Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:30 am

Hi

I have some trouble reading the date of birth of my L-2500. In the neck pocket the date is printed (March 05 2003) but at the neck heel it's handwritten. Why don't they just print the heel date as well? I think I've seen some G&L's with the heel date printed.
Anyway, here's a picture. My guess would be "March/May ?? 2003". It's not that it is a big concern to me but I'd like to contribute to the Registry. :)

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Re: Reading the date of birth.

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:59 am

I don't know that I'd worry about not having a neck date on your bass. The body date of 2003 tells me that the two were made essentially together, so any difference would be quite small.

The G&L Registry is here. It doesn't require both dates, or even any dates.

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Re: Reading the date of birth.

Postby Hauge » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:59 am

Thank you, Ken.
But am I right that G&L's usually have both neck and pocket date printed?

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Re: Reading the date of birth.

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:11 am

Hauge wrote:Thank you, Ken.
But am I right that G&L's usually have both neck and pocket date printed?

Martin


Glad to help, Martin.

The operative word is "usually"....

Nearly all US-built G&L instruments have both neck and body dates. Most times both are legible, but sometimes one or the other is smeared or overly light. Sometimes a date isn't applied to one or the other for pretty much any reason. It is also possible that a date that is stamped gets removed as part of final adjustments.

BTW - the stamp used is nothing fancy. It's just a plain old handheld stamp similar to this:

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Re: Reading the date of birth.

Postby Hauge » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:36 am

Thanks for the info.
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