How To Date Vintage Fender Amps

Interest in hookupinsiders Fender amps really took hold about 8-10 years ago. Greg was passionate about Fender amps and his knowledge, insight and humor will be missed very much. This scheme is not 100% consistent due to a number of production factors, such as Fender producing more serialized decals than needed in a given year.

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If you’re looking for a tube amplifier that provides clean tones, the Blues Junior is well worth a look. This fender Amp is one of the best for small gig and clean tone applications. In addition to retaining a similar tone profile, the Deluxe adds a few extra pounds of flexibility to our basses.

Re: Dating a Fender Super Reverb

Up to 1981, Fender’s serial numbers were genuinely serial within one amp type. So that’s about, oooh, let’s guess, 23,000 Tweed Champs. Some serial numbers were used more than once, on different amp types – example; A01600 could be a Bandmaster, a Bassman, a Champ, a Concert, or a Deluxe . There was no possibility of confusion though, as the amps’ names were clearly printed on the front panel…. I run a couple of websites making the schematics for these amps easily accessible.

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There is an amp for you whether you are just starting out, have been playing for a few years, or a professional musician. As for the sound quality, just like with the LT 25, the modeling is absolutely incredible. The GTX 100 manages to get pretty close to the actual sound of the amps it is modeling.

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Another way to get a close estimate of when your amp was made is to read the codes on the transformers. Most post tweed Fenders had trannys manufactured by Schumacher. Vintage Fender amplifiers can be aged in a variety of ways. The date code on the amplifier’s back should be the first thing you look for.

Therefore, while helpful in determining a range of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference. DATING EARLY FENDER AMPLIFIERS Dating early Fender amplifiers is sometimes quite challenging. While dating Fender amps made before 1994 by serial number is all but impossible (as records of these n… I tried having a rational discussion about that with Fender Support (who INSISTED my AC was made in March ’90) since 80K amps in one month seemed a bit high production-wise. He assured me mine was…ya know…made in March 1990. There’s also always the possibility that this amp was built with the intention of going to a buyer that at some point went, “oh hey, wait! I want one with that new fancy thing called reverb!” …

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And I guess I just don’t have a problem with seeing this one as a bit of an oddball that left the factory hodgepodged together in a somewhat sloppy way for a customer that wouldn’t care. If I had a different personal experience in manufacturing that led me to believe Q.C. Standards are normally higher and what not, I might feel differently. IMHO you have a 67’ Princeton Reverb chassis in an early 65’ Princeton Non Reverb cabinet. Number chart in the 5th and 6th articles that can accurately date a Fender amp by the serial number. This chart was the result of the voluminous work done by the authors.