Dating a fender amp
While there have been periods where dramatic changes have occurred, for example: the transition periods between Leo's Fender and the CBS years, as well as the transition between CBS' Fender and the current ownership, generally speaking, most models are feature specific and do not change from year to year..
Serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments through the years.
The final year of production saw a blackface front panel re-introduced.
HTHArjay_________________"Here's why reliability is job one: A great sounding amp that breaks down goes from being a favorite piece of gear to a useless piece of crap in less time than it takes to read this sentence." -- BRUCE ZINKYLooks like the amp is in serious need of a new master-volume knob. Try wheeling and dealing with the seller before you buy -- anything beyond 0 for this one is a bit *optimistic*, methinks.
I was able to get a few numbers off of various parts of the amplifier, including the transformer code which I'm afraid I am mis-reading. _________________"Here's why reliability is job one: A great sounding amp that breaks down goes from being a favorite piece of gear to a useless piece of crap in less time than it takes to read this sentence." -- BRUCE ZINKYI've been using that lately, but I'm still a little confused about the serial number.
In 1980 the cloth changed again to a poor interpretation of the original blackface material (as this example shows) and remained thus until the amp was discontinued a year later.
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They have been placed at the top of the neck plate, on the front of the headstock, on the back of the headstock, and on the back of the neck near where the neck bolts onto the body.
They were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate (early '50s Strats), and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecasters.