One manufacturer separated out smaller blocks of serial numbers for use by subcontractors who would use these serial numbers concurrent to receivers being made by the prime contractor and/or other subcontractors assigned lower or higher serial number blocks.
Serial numbered receivers that failed to pass inspection were set aside as rejects if the defect(s) could not be brought up to minimum standards.
Barrels were usually in short supply and if inventory ran out could shut down production lines.
Barrels were usually mounted to receivers within one or two months of the date the barrel was made, however, many carbines have had their original barrels replaced.
This data is then compiled and used to improve the guitar dating function of the site.
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Hi, I've got a fender p bass with a neck code of 0103 3814. It has the old style head stock decal (no serial number below "fender").
It looks old enough to be a 1971 but does the neck code support that date?
Some people estimate a carbine's date of manufacture by adding the quantities manufactured month to month to the assigned serial number blocks.
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