Dating blackface fender amps
Dating Fender Tube Amps by Serial Number, Part I by Greg Gagliano Copyright 1997, 20th Century Guitar Magazine. Well, we'll get to good parts, but first a little background information is in order.
After reading Teagle and Sprung's excellent Fender amp book, I took them up on their challenge that maybe someday someone will compile enough serial numbers so that Fender amps can be dated that way. I contacted several Fenders collectors and dealers who were kind enough to supply me with data.
Greg and Devin's experience meshed well with mine since I'm essentially the blackface/silverface amp guy (amps made between 19) in the group.
Additionally, Greg and Devin also had data that they had been collecting from Fender amps for years. Everything is confidential, we don't make record of who owns what amp in the database.
Even at we struggle with keeping a correct amp and speaker model overview.
There are also exceptions to the rules where Fender delivered non-standard speakers in special orders, Christmas campaigns etc. See our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps for a guide and picture gallery of the known original speakers in the blackface and silverface amps.
Transformer / Speaker / Pot Codes American-made electronic components of that era usually have codes to indicate manufacturer and date of production.However it’s unlikely that the transformer found its way immediately into production, so it’s a pretty sure bet that the a 1975.It could be that another transformer reads 606602 which would make that component a 1976 make, thus the earliest the amp could be is a 1976.These are usually in the form of a six-digit number with the following formatting scheme: The first three digits represent the manufacturer code, the next digit represents the year of production and the last two digits represent the week of production.Thus as an example 606452 is a transformer code: 606 tells us it is a Schumacher transformer made in either 1964 or 1974 and and it was built on the last week of December.