Freaky.............what are the odds?

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  1. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    It wouldn't have been a few hundred every day... given the lower production overall of the AVRI vs regular production (which would be a few hundred each day).
    But Fender knew how many orders they had, and they could project sales for the following year.
    It makes more sense to switch a group of workstations over to AVRI and kick out a month's worth of parts and put them in stock, rather than build every AVRI to-order.
    There could have been a few hundred necks marked 8-4, 8-5, and 8-6, with none from 8-2, 8-3, or 8-9 to 9-1.

    As far as total numbers? They were low compared to regular production, but not insignificant:

    https://surfguitar101.com/forums/topic/28058/?page=1#p380352
    Strat, Tele, P-Bass, and Jazz-Bass numbered roughly 4000 units for 1982.
    As mentioned above, given they were introduced in July, that's roughly 154 per week (for all 4 models combined).

    But ya... Out of 4,000 necks from that year, it is pretty cool to find two with the same date.
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    so, it’s still ‘out there’!
     
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    SatinNeck81 Strat-Talker

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    I turned 1 year old the next day on the 7th of 82'. Them was the days.
     
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    Since those are American, I'd say August. I don't consider that backwards, since I don't ever recalling anybody ever saying '16 July, 2005' or whatever, but always 'July 16th, 2005'. Also putting the month first seems rather inside out and neither backwards or forwards.
     
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    Looks like the same person wrote the date. Question is, how does this happen? Does the date get written during/after an inspection in bulk or does it happen after the last process before paint? Necks might be bulked, then a certain number get inspected and marked.
     
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    JDug Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow, my FIL’s birthday ! He turned 36 that year.

    My Dad turned 50 the next month.

    I started high school the next month, too.

    OP, that’s one heck of a coincidence, very cool find!
     
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    I agree mate.

    I thought it was really cool to see another neck with the exact same date.
     
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    Yep... can be confusing for our friends in Metric countries.
    "16 July 2005" is the international convention, and is also used by the military.
    July 16 2005 is the US civilian format.
    Most software can handle either format, but not all.
    We have some battery backup software that does not have the option, even though we can set temperature readings to ^F.
    To keep things simple for our field guys, I just program the unit or battery install date as MM-MM-YYYY rather than DD-MM-YYYY.
    It keeps things simple when one of them checks the age on the batteries, and I'm quick to remember when I open a log file and see 16-08-2020 heading the entry.

    Anything done in a guitar factory or shop in the US would be MM-DD-YYYY
     
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    What are the two serial numbers? Curious how true the tales of a giant bin of neckplates thrown on in no order is
     
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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster

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    We do. Today is the 10th April. April 10th sounds weird.

    The only time I have to remind myself that the day & month are reversed is when looking a the necks of Fenders.
     
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    You refer to "10th April" even when the year is not included?
    10 April 2021 doesn't sound odd to me (because of the time I spent working in aerospace and regular contact with cops), but "10th April" feels awkward.
    "The 10th of April" feels better, but is too wordy.

    People in other states give Californians crap when we say "The 5" instead of "Interstate 5" or "Highway 60"
     
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    Yes. My birthday is 12th May. I can handle May 12th, it sounds slightly wrong but not horrendously wrong. But I've had to get used to the American way of writing dates with the month first since you guys make a lot more guitars than we do!
     
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    I think so. It sounded amazing enough to go buy one! why do you say it like that? The pickups too! Maybe I have posted about it enough already. Ok, I'll stop for 6 to 8 weeks its gonna take to get it.
     
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    The serial numbers wont help sadly as mine has an 82' Fullerton neck with an 89' body and the serial number is based on the 1989.