1974 FENDER TELECASTER BASS
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The silver plastic "Fender Made In U.S.A." logo was first introduced on the black Tolex case.
Other 1974 Telecaster bass characteristics: Small logo including one patent number and ® mark applied under the finish, Fender name imprinted non-reverse clover tuners with an ® mark and no rivet, bullet shaped truss rod adjustment, solid maple neck with skunk stripe, black plastic dot fret markers, medium jumbo fret wire, neck butt date etc. ink stamps, extra hole on neck butt for hanging while painting, 3 bolt F Series neck plate with tilt adjust, non-contoured slab body, body nail holes (for painting/drying), neck pocket paint stick etc., extra body holes in neck pocket for hanging while painting, humbucker pickup (often ink date stamped), black/white/black or white/black/white vinyl pickguard with the volume and tone controls mounted directly onto it, metal foil ground shielding on pickguard horn underside, dark maroon thumb rest under G string or above E string, chrome bridge cover with foam rubber string mute, flat top knobs, CTS potentiometers (one metal shaft and one plastic shaft), blue drop or orange drop tone capacitor, metal foil ground shielding in pots cavity, plastic wiring, input jack cup, small slightly raised string grommets on body back, two saddle metal bridge, oval ground wire route underneath bridge.
Serial numbers ranged from roughly 384000 to 580000 although there are many overlapping exceptions. For more precise dating, cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt stamp, pickup stamp and potentiometer codes.