Dating a fender amps by transformer
Other sources to date your amp may include serial numbers and overall look and visual components on the amp as well.For example, the logo on the amp or materials used during a certain time period of production.
This may also be helpful when dating a vintage tube guitar amplifier.We combined all of our information into a computerized database for this project and for the past 18 months have been slowly (sadly, very slowly) gathering information that we collect ourselves as well as from other people. What we need is the following: 1) Model name 2) Model number on the tube chart 3) Date code letters on the tube chart 4) Speaker codes (if speaker is original) 5) Transformer codes (if the amp doesn't have date codes on the tube chart) 6) Cosmetic features (flat/raised logo, tweed/tolex, blackface/silverface, rough/ smooth blond tolex, white/skirted knobs, TV-front/wide-panel, etc.) One very interesting and very important factoid has surfaced regarding the date code letters on the tube chart.In the fall of 1965, Fender switched from stamping these numbers in black ink, to dark green ink.I recently purchased a 1972 Silverface Champ for 40 bucks.I am not an expert on amps, Fender amps, or Silverface Fender amps. I am merely someone that loves old gear, appreciates Silverface amps, loves to write, and loves history.
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If you are not familiar with working on vacuum tube equipment, you should consult an experienced technician before opening any equipment containing vacuum tubes. The Free Information Society will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused to you or your equipment.*** Early Silverface Logo on Standard Silverface Grillcloth So, you've heard all of your guitar playing life, whether it be for 2 years or 25, that you don't want a Silverface Fender amp.