A person may find the initials of Tadeo Gomez, "TAD" or "TG" along side the serial number.
Tadeo worked at Fender during the early days on and shaped some of the better 50s necks. From 1969 to 1971 Fender again tried a new dating and identification system to label their necks.
The last two digits year and day of the week, are read individually.
Vintage Reissue neck dates are usually penciled in on the end of the butt end of the neck.
If you having a burning desire to see the production date of your Reissue grab a screw driver and have at it.
Remember that pot codes, and body date (when present), should be used along with the neck date to give a person an approximate date of production for a guitar. Model codes (first pair of digits): 2 = Between March '62 to November '65 13 = Between December '65 and late '67 22 = After 1967 Model Codes Used from 1972 to 1980.
Fender has had neck dates on their guitars since 1950 with the exception of 1959, when it was rumored that an employee included some vulgarity on a neck.
Until things got sorted out, Leo decided to not include a production date on guitars manufactured during the first part of 1959.From 1950 to 1954 the penciled date is just below the truss rod adjustment screw and follows a Month/Day/Year format.From 1954 to 1962 the date is in the same location same location but was basically shortened to a Month/Year format.Model codes (first pair of digits): 01 = Precision Bass 02 = Jazz Bass 04 = Mustang Bass 08 = Telecaster Deluxe 09 = Stratocaster 13 = Telecaster, Telecaster Custom, Telecaster Thinline 49 = Musicmaster, Mustang, Bronco Neck Codes Used from 1972 to 1980. It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name. Squier Company was a strings manufacturing company for violins, banjos, and guitars.