Dating fender bass by serial

09-Jan-2019 17:27 by 6 Comments

Dating fender bass by serial

These are marked with EIA code “831” and are most prevalent during the 1966-68 time period.Some examples include a '66 Princeton Reverb and ’66 Pro Reverb with Better Coil output transformer, a ‘66 Deluxe Reverb and ‘67 Twin Reverb with Better Coil reverb transformer, and a 1968 Vibro Champ with Better Coil trannies.

Along with dating amps by serial numbers, we were interested in determining production totals, if possible.

Although his job was somewhat limited, his recollections provided some really fascinating insights to how the amps were built.

For instance, he confirmed our assumption that the amp chassis were put into stock after being stamped with serial numbers and that the chassis were pulled from the stock bins randomly (just as with Fender guitar neck plates).

Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.

Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas?

Mid-1968 Super Reverb export model modified by Hagstrm for the Swedish market.

Note the removal of the voltage selector switch and hard-wiring. I just discovered that the silverface Bandmaster speaker cabinet (the big, tall one without tilt-back legs) is ported (see photo). I guess this is what the 1969 catalog refers to as “large, individual specially designed baffles.” And all along I thought the big n’ tall silverface cabs were just a macho thing to compete against the awesome looks of a Marshall half stack or full stack.

These units look, and apparently sound, just like the Schumacher-made units so it’s easy to overlook that “831” code.

Working at FMI – I was able to interview a fellow (who wishes to remain anonymous) who worked at Fender in 1972-73 in the amp department.

There is some debate about how to interpret the production code information on late ‘50s to mid-1967 tube charts and Greg Huntington is still working with those.

One thing we know for sure is that production codes can help date an amp to a particular month within a given model run.

They were something to behold, all chatting away while soldering so quickly, it didn't hardly seem like they were looking at the amps.

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