Examples of Source-Date Codes

Dating fender deluxe reverb serial number

For some reason, folks are willing to poke their head into tweed, blonde, brown and blackface amps, but not into silverface amps. Likewise there are some serial numbers with an extra digit usually a zero after the letter prefix. Interest in vintage Fender amps really took hold about years ago. Large overlaps in years may be due to lack of sufficient data late s to mid s or simply that the stamped chassis were used way out sequence mid s to early s.

For the uniquely serialized models, the production estimates using my hypothesis, can be determined from the serial number tables. Unfortunately, there is some sad news to report as well.

The revisions were made based on data collected since the tables were initially published. But changes took place in as well. The second thing that was done was the addition of another number stamped into the chassis as a suffix to the A serial number, e.

As a result, there are a lot of amps out there that may look original, but are not. Greg was passionate about Fender amps and his knowledge, insight and humor will be missed very much. Although his job was somewhat limited, his recollections provided some really fascinating insights to how the amps were built.

The Australian Fender Distributor then installed V - V stepdown transformers in the bottom of the cabinets. They were something to behold, all chatting away while soldering so quickly, it didn't hardly seem like they were looking at the amps. Greg and I also disagree about determining production from serial numbers. The progress of this type of work is slow, hence the long hiatus, however, a lot of new data have been collected regarding Fender amplifiers, including production numbers. In addition to A, it appears the stamping machine stuck on serial number A as four distinct amps with this number has been reported.

Greg kept his illness very private, even from this author. Usually this isn't too difficult. The amps that received the stamped suffix must also be added to this sub-total. Paul Linden has volunteered to fill in for Greg. His passing is a great loss to this research team and the Fender amp aficionado community in general.

The machine that stamped the serial number into the back of the chassis got stuck on number A and a lot of pieces were stamped with this number. They actually held clipboards and stopwatches to measure how long it took for me to attach various parts. It would have been very costly to destroy these units so two remedies were implemented.

Of course, this is all hypothetical, but still plausible. The following charts are the revised dating tables for Fender tube amps. Advances have been made with regards to the production of tolex amps and it appears that much of this information can be applied to late s tweed amps as well. Probably the same as the pots and transformers that we just dug out of the boxes.

The Australian Fender Distributor then installed

Because the serial numbers are for a particular model and that chassis were stamped sequentially, is reasonable to assume that the serial number infers the Nth unit manufactured. When we had filled our cart we'd wheel it over to the Chicano chicks.

They were something to behold all