To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.
How to date and identify your Fender instruments using serial numbers and production date stamps.
I came across this on craigslist, which was advertised as a 1976 Fender Precision Bass with Jazz Bass neck.
Sometimes getting clear dates on vintage guitars and basses is a mess.
It’s an easy enough question; “what year was this made?
Since the neck is only a component of the guitar, it could have been produced a number of years before the actual instrument was assembled, hence the date on the neck is not necessarily the production date of the whole guitar.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.