- Dec 3, 2006
I think this is great stuff! Thank you for your care and effort!As I mentioned in Post #1 of this thread, I not only wanted to share photos of some of the instruments I built, but also some excerpts from my log book / serial number ledger. Now, after about five months of data entry sessions, I finally have every serial number record that I could find of instruments that I built entered into a spreadsheet. The list is definitely not 100% of everything I did. I've found a couple of gaps of missing numbers during dates that I know I was building. But even with the gaps, there are over 10,700 numbers in the list, ranging from September 1978 thru April 1987. Along with being able to instantly search for specific serial numbers, I've found many "hidden" secrets in all that data by applying various filters. Here's a couple of examples.
I actually noticed this while I was entering numbers one day. Apparently, on December 11th, 1984 (Julian day 346) whoever was doing the neck-fit job, set the fifth digit of the serial number to "5" when it should have been "4". They began stamping Explorer Basses with the wrong year number. I built six of these with numbers ranging from 506 to 523. My guess is that there were at least 25 stamped wrong before they caught it.
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Another bit of info that I never realized was with the LP Reissues, or Prehistorics. Beginning in 1983 they started being pretty consistent about using the first digit of the serial as the last digit of that year. For example, 3 0001 for 1983, 4 0001 for 1984, etc. always starting back at 0001 each year. But at the beginning of 1986, they did not start back at 0001. The serials started with a 6 but continued in sequence from 1985. It looks like somewhere around the 5 0350 mark is when the 1986 models started.
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I've spent hours looking at this stuff and found many irregularities, anomalies, and other unknown facts about that era that would otherwise never be known. So glad that I finally got this project completed. Starting to think twice about putting all these facts in a book. What do you think?