Dating early fender amplifiers

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If four digits are present, the first two digits refer to the year (i.e., a “66” would mean 1966).The last two digits refer to the week of the year (i.e., a “26” would mean the 26th week or, roughly, June).In the table below, for example, a “CE” date code indicates a production date of May 1992.YEAR MONTH 1990 A January A 1991 B February B 1992 C March C 1993 D April D 1994 E May E 1995 F June F 1996 G July G 1997 H August H 1998 I September I 1999 J October J 2000 K November KDecember LDATING 1951-1969 BLACKFACE, BROWNFACE, BROWN TOLEX, WHITE TOLEX OR TWEED AMPLIFIERS USING THE TUBE STICKEROn the inside of the cabinets of most Fender amps made after 1950 and before 1970, there might be a “tube location” sticker.Fender Amps: the First 50 Years John Teagle and John Sprung Available through your local Authorized Fender Dealer pn# As I have said in the past;* The 2 letter date code rubber stamped on the Tube Chart, or * The 2 letter date code on the QA Sticker, or * The Transformer Number that starts with "606-XX-XX", with the X's being the unknown numbers that need to be provided by the owner of the amplifier asking the question.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.They are not of a concern with dating as only the 2 letter date codes on whichever chart or sticker and the transformer number comes into play for that....

YEAR MONTH 1951 A January A 1952 B February B 1953 C March C 1954 D April D 1955 E May E 1956 F June F 1957 G July G 1958 H August H 1959 I September I 1960 J October J 1961 K November K 1962 L December L 1963 M 1964 N 1965 O 1966 P 1967 Q 1968 R 1969 SDATING FENDER AMPLIFIERS (INCLUDING SILVERFACE AND BLACKFACE AMPS) USING TRANSFORMER CODESIn general, Fender amps that don’t have rubber-stamped tube sticker date codes have EIA numbers on their transformers that might enable determination of the production date.They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information on determining the production years of various amplifiers and on Fender history in general.Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues.These numbers always begin with “EIA 606,” and are followed by three or four digits in various combinations.If three digits are present, the first digit refers to the year (i.e., a “7” would mean 1967).

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