How to date vintage fender amps

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The progress of this type of work is slow, hence the long hiatus, however, a lot of new data have been collected regarding Fender amplifiers, including production numbers. Because the serial numbers are for a particular model and that chassis were stamped sequentially, is reasonable to assume that the serial number infers the Nth unit manufactured.

The second thing that was done was the addition of another number stamped into the chassis as a suffix to the A serial number, e. The machine that stamped the serial number into the back of the chassis got stuck on number A and a lot of pieces were stamped with this number. Of course, this is all hypothetical, but still plausible.

Large overlaps in

First, the tables should be used as a guide only. Examples of Source-Date Codes. These modifications are making this research more difficult for a couple of reasons.

The boss came around and said what we'd be building. Large overlaps in years may be due to lack of sufficient data late s to mid s or simply that the stamped chassis were used way out sequence mid s to early s. Unfortunately, there is some sad news to report as well. Very few of these were and those who own one of these oddballs can either be happy with the fact that it is a rare amp or be sad that the mismatched impedance means the amp is less efficient. Unlike serial numbers used for most Fender guitars and basses, we know that serial number sequences are unique to a particular model or a family of models of amplifiers.

The bottom line is to do your homework or enlist the aid of an expert. The Australian Fender Distributor then installed V - V stepdown transformers in the bottom of the cabinets. But other changes may be meant to deceive. They actually held clipboards and stopwatches to measure how long it took for me to attach various parts. Some caution is advised since it is likely that not all chassis were used due to defects or that duplicate serial numbers may have been stamped.

Superior Music - Fender Amp, Amplifier Serial Numbers

For some reason, folks are willing to poke their head into tweed, blonde, brown and blackface amps, but not into silverface amps. Greg and I also disagree about determining production from serial numbers.

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