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Believe it or not, there are some baseball bat huge necks that left the plant in this era, but they are the exception and not the norm. Some 68's and early 69's I've seen have a regular screw holding the pickguard to its bracket, not a Phillips. 68 Brochure states that Standards have nickel hardware, but I believe them to have a mixture of nickel tuners and accessories (likes screws) while having a chrome ABR and Stop Tail.
Necks taper in thickness from the heel towards the nut. Not sure what kind, but I'm certain its wood and not plastic. I will also eventually have wiring diagrams available. Certainly not the smooth, all closed lettered 70's logo until potentially in the later reissue stage (which probably overlaps into early 1970 a little bit). Write me if I have this wrong, it's something really obvious that I somehow have glossed over. 2,740,313)       They vary as they did in the 50's, but generally they have an angle that lends itself to an ideal, low-mounted ABR.       The carves have MUCH more detail to them than the generally maligned (for cosmetic reasons only of course) Norlin "dome" carve of the 1970s.
This leaves a little shelf at the bottom of the cavity and a slanted wall in some places.
So, earlier guitars will have the inaccurate cavity route, whereas the later ones will be more accurate in this respect.
Basically the earlier guitars had their cavities routed BEFORE the maple cap was applied.
The heal shape is not quite the same as it is more of a D shape than a 50's C.The wiring channel from the pickups will be the small square route typical of 50's guitars. It emerges in the cavity slightly further down from center between the pots than a 50's guitar will.