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We’re not talking about dinner and a movie, of course…For my first blog post on dating instruments, I’d thought I’d talk about potentiometer or, “Pot” codes which can be used to help date almost all electric instruments, amplifiers, and effects pedals made in the U. The Pots are the small parts responsible for the volume and tone controls.The first three digits are the manufacturer’s code. The fourth digit is the year of manufacture and the last two numbers will be the week of manufacture.So if the number on your potentiometer is 304728 it is decoded like this: 304 is the Stackpole manufacturer’s number, 7 means 1967 and 28 is the 28 week of 1967.
The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?Some dealers simply go by the serial number, which you will discover can be far from accurate. If they need replaced just do it they are about .00 each.My discussed pot in this thread is R137yyww = R1378131 = 1981/31st week (R137 = mfg) Typically, before 1981, you will see "wwyd" = week/year/day of week Example on a 1970s Stratocaster neck butt date "0903-2455" 09=Stratocaster 03=Maple Neck 24=24th Week 5=1975 5=Friday What I've been understanding, serial numbers are only an indication of a year, but could be five years off, like my Telecaster. I know nothing about the Lipstick pickups Heard of them and recently saw a Tele with a Lipstick on the neck pickup Kevin, my thing is this.