I know the seller too! One thing I worked out is the neck date usually precedes the pickup date by a month. Yes it is earlier, bonus getting the green scratch plate.Congrats! Looks like a really nice guitar! I’ve got a ‘65 L too...it’s a late one with September neck and Pickups dated late October by “Bonnie”. I’m guessing yours is earlier because it has a green guard. Happy NBGD, it’s really rare to find something like that 30 minutes from your house and check it out before you buy it, much less one that has your birthday on it.
I’ve heard that fender ordered the neck plates Starting with a “1” but the vendor misinterpreted the “1” as a “L”What is the story with L series .....