Dating new fender amps
Other things to look for include chasses placed in cabinets from a different year, “doctored” tube charts, non-original control plates (usually reproductions) on silverface amps, original transformer bell ends (they have correct date codes, of course) on non-original transformers, and non-original knobs (either repro or silverface knobs on blackface amps).unusual things can be found such as the empty “Pulse Adjust” hole on the rear of early ’60 brown amps, the “middle” volume control, use of tweed style grill cloth, strange non-documented transitional circuits, and changes in tolex color including the super-rare cream colored “brown” tolex that is found on some late ’60 amps. Given that people may refer to this information seeking specific production quantities of amps they are curious about, it should be pointed out that the serial numbers apply to chassis types, and not specifically to amplifier models.Looking at serial numbers next to the ’60 5G5 brown Pro Amp for example, we see numbers ranging from 00001 to 02000, suggesting that there are 2000 of these amplifiers made in ’60.So if the number on your potentiometer is 304728 it is decoded like this: 304 is the Stackpole manufacturer’s number, 7 means 1967 and 28 is the 28 week of 1967.Later potentiomters used a two digit year code making the number seven digits long.In this case the fourth and fifth digits are the year and the sixth and seventh digits are the week of manufacture.If you are unsure if the digit denoting the year is in which decade (1957, 1967, etc.) then try to determine this by the amplifier it is in.The following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.If you see any data that is not listed here or notice any errors, for 1970’s and earlier Fender amps, please send us an email and we will update the chart.
Instead, there were approximately 2000 of these chasses produced, which then ended up as one of the three models in question.
These are marked with EIA code “606” which is the company number for Schumacher.
Well, this universal “truth” was debunked when we found a bunch of amps with transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company.
It would be more accurate to say that approx 650 of each of these models were produced in ’60.
On the inside of your vintage Fender amplifier there is a paper chart with the tube locations for that particular model. On the tube chart there will be a rubber ink stamp with two letters.