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F series neckplate serial numbers ranged from roughly 693000 to 750000 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. During the year the serial number moved onto the headstock decal, beginning with an "76" and applied under the finish. This caused the lettering style to change and the logo to become smaller. During the year the tuners changed to "open back" Fender name imprinted clover tuners with an ® mark and no rivet manufactured by Schaller.

Other 1976 Telecaster bass characteristics: Small logo including one patent number and ® mark applied under the finish (for first part of year), 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, neck pocket paint stick etc., extra body holes in neck pocket for hanging while painting, humbucker pickup (often ink stamp dated), black/white/black pickguard with the volume and tone controls mounted directly onto it, metal foil ground shielding on pickguard horn underside, thumbrest above E string, bridge cover, one metal shaft CTS pot one plastic shaft CTS pot, blue 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, black tolex case with silver plastic logo.