Dating a fender amplifier with serial number
Here is a cool link to a Vintage Fender Amp price history chart that tracks sales data for specific amp models by the month.Date Code: Wide panel, narrow panel, brown, blonde, and black face amps have a date code hand-stamped on the tube chart. The first letter translates to the year and the second to the month. Example: FG=July 1956, QA=January 1967, and a reissue CG=July 1992 EIA Source-Date Codes: Electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stampted with a date code indicating who manufactured them and when.Electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stamped with a date code, which indicates the manufacturer and the manufacturing date.The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.But once again, due to Fender’s modular production methods and often non-sequential serial numbering (usually overlapping two to four years from the early days of Fender to the mid-1980s), dating by serial number is not always precisely definitive.The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.These circuit numbers which are located on the tube chart can be usefull for getting a rough date on an amp.
SERIAL NUMBERS were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars.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.Remember, your amp is newer than the newest component.For example, if you find pots from late ‘64 and transformers from early ’65, you can be pretty sure your amp is a 1965.