Can someone do a quick serial number decode?

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Friends guitar…definitely a Norlin era. Looks to had waffle back tuners originally and is a black custom from the looks of it
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1973 or 1974 (search "random." with the period in the page)
There no special inlay like I have seen on other 1974 model customs. Did all 74 Customs get the engraved inlay at 9th fret or just special models? It has T top pups too
 

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There no special inlay like I have seen on other 1974 model customs. Did all 74 Customs get the engraved inlay at 9th fret or just special models? It has T top pups too
There are listings on the Interwebs for '74s with no anniversary inlay, so I guess not? If the pots are all (or at least mostly) original that might be your best bet for narowing it down- the numbers go FFFYYMM, where F is the manufacturer (usually 137 for CTS), YY is the year and MM is the month of the year. There's a small chance that if they all date from 1973 they're leftover pots used in '74, mind..
 

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There are listings on the Interwebs for '74s with no anniversary inlay, so I guess not? If the pots are all (or at least mostly) original that might be your best bet for narowing it down- the numbers go FFFYYMM, where F is the manufacturer (usually 137 for CTS), YY is the year and MM is the month of the year. There's a small chance that if they all date from 1973 they're leftover pots used in '74, mind..
Pots date from 74 so I’m calling it a 1974 guitar. Otherwise if it was a 1975 I believe it should have a decal serial number and not stamped like it is
 

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There are plenty 75’s with stamped 6 digit serial numbers, matter of fact, most of them…….what are the actual dates on the pots?

Lots of 74 Customs without an anniversary inlay, including the most famous 74 Custom.

Nice piece if the price is right.
 

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