Dating fender tube amps serial number


04-Jul-2017 16:24

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.

The type of face, grille cloth, type and number of speakers, type and number of knobs, etc.

only come into play when you’re trying to value the amplifier in the Blue Book for Guitar Amplifiers per the model description that is provided.

Likewise, the brown/blonde Tremolux, Concert, Vibrasonic, Twin, Pro, Super, Vibrolux, Showman, Dual Showman, and Bandmaster used a sequential numbering independent of model, but as with Fender guitars, these were not used consecutively. The 1956 to 1963 Champ, Harvard, Princeton, Deluxe; the 1956 to 1960 Vibrolux, the 1956 to 1964 Bassman, and all the tube reverb units have their own serialization scheme.

The Champ has a “C” prefix, the Harvard an “H” prefix, the Princeton a “P” prefix, the Vibrolux a “F” prefix, and the Deluxe a “D” prefix.

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Greg is a long time Fender collector who is very knowledgeable not only in the details, but in the circuitry as well.

His particular area of expertise is in Fender amps made from about 1960 through 1967.



Oct 14, 2017. This article will help you determine your date code for your vintage fender. Up until the end of the blackface era 1967, all amps left the factory with a tube chart that had a two letter date code stamped on it. Here's a link to a great webpage that has compiled the dating list for Fender Serial Numbers.… continue reading »


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Jan 18, 2016. This method can get you there, but it has its pitfalls!… continue reading »


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Dating Fender Tube Amps by Serial Number, Part I by Greg Gagliano Copyright 1997, 20th Century Guitar Magazine. Boy, that title got your attention didn't it? 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.… continue reading »


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While dating Fender amps made before 1994 by serial number is all but impossible as records of these numbers were never kept, all hope is not lost—the charts below should prove. DATING 1951-1969 BLACKFACE, BROWNFACE, BROWN TOLEX, WHITE TOLEX OR TWEED AMPLIFIERS USING THE TUBE STICKER.… continue reading »


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