Dating Fender amps and speakers

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These amps do not have a bias trim pot. On popular Fender models, the pot date can be very close to the actual date of the instrument. Utah went on to become Pyle of Radio Shack and car audio fame.

Of course this all assumes theEither the factory

The gap distance was increased in the Oxfords that Fender used later in the decade and this reduced their efficiency and they were cheaper to make this way. Jensen speaker models denote their approximate power handling capacity and magnet type. Yet another speaker that Fender used in the mid to late s was Rola. All of the amps would have the aluminum grill trim and they may or may not have the thin black vertical lines on the control panel.

Some amp geeks don't like the way these Fender label Jensens sound, but let your ears be your guide. Note the different position of the markings, even on pots from the same maker.

Dating Fender amps and speakers

How the Source-Date Code Works. According to noted vintage amp specialist Gregg Hopkins, these early Oxfords were constructed similarly to Jensens from that period with respect to materials and voice coil gap.

Also, the amp eats power tubes, does not have much headroom and breaks up early. It can be stamped or marked on any product to identify the production source vendor and date of manufacturer. The list, presented below, is based on our actual observations, but is not comprehensive. The decade, though not directly shown by the source-date code, was easily determined because this particular amp was only made during the s. As you have probably noticed, there is plenty of information here to help date the brands that I am interested in.

It may have been some time before the part was installed at the factory, but it still provides a good approximation of when the gear was made. They're still relatively easy to come by, but I'm surprised they don't seem to be more desirable iow, the used prices stay low.

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Again, I say let your ears be your guide. Fender began using Eminence speakers as standard in nearly all of its tube amps beginning in the early s. One clue that can be used is the ink stamped chassis date code that is usually located in the chassis, but is sometimes found on the underside of the chassis behind the tubes. In either case, the code works the same.

Of course this all assumes the pot or speaker is original. Either the factory worker was asleep at the wheel that day or there was a new hire that was still learning how to assemble amplifier circuit boards. Well when I was close to being done for the day, I plugged it in to the Super's second speaker output. Now I think I may want to sell the Super. This lowered the energy, so the voice coils were shortened to compensate.