Is there any way of contacting Fender by e-mail? There are several ways to determine when a Fender amp was produced. The Fender company has gone through three major periods or eras in its existence. But other changes may be meant to deceive. Serial Numbers Like the body and neck dates, using serial numbers to date a Fender is not a sure bet. The remaining 3 or 4 digits are the date code. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate.
For more information, please visit this site: Fender Support kcbuck So. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1988 For U. In addition, the dating-by-serial number tables have been revised and are more accurate. Patent numbers Between 1960 and 1977, were added several patent numbers to the models. Second tube is the driver and vibrato tremolo modulator. Third tube is the reverb driver.
Bandmaster 6G7, Concert 6G12 V1--7025 specified. Fender had a big transitional year for their amps in 1960. This model uses solid-state rectifiers rather than tube rectifiers. Second tube is a driver stage for both channels of preamp, 7025 specified. Dating Your Instrument The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964. These are generally referred to as F series due the large Fender branded F on the neckplates of the era. Do you have a silverface Twin Reverb Amp or Dual Showman Reverb Amp with the serial number A23373? The following charts are the revised dating tables for Fender tube amps.
Amps built after 2002 do not have this tag. Matched pairs are recommended to keep the amplifier balanced from side to side -- if you amp uses 4 or more output tubes, you can use groups of matched pairs, and you do not necessarily need to buy a matched quartet, sextet or octet. Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap. If you have a later silver-face or blackface Deluxe amp, the plate voltage will be very high--plugging low-cost Russian or Chinese 6V6s into such an amp is risky. This is the driver stage and gain makeup stage. The last two numbers are the year. After 1968, most Fender tube amps switched to solid-state rectifiers, until recent Custom Shop models reintroduced tube rectifiers.
With all this information in mind, can you identify the following manufacturer and date of these source-date codes? Fourth tube is the driver. And now for an important update! We highly recommend each of them. Many earlier Fender tube amps used rectifier tubes. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties. Once you have the information you need, if you're interested in selling your Fender, you can use Reverb to get it in front of the largest audience of musicians in the world Design Changes and Features Perhaps the best place to start when dating your Fender is to get an approximate idea of the era based on the instrument's design and components. The first letter indicates the year it was made, the second letter the month. Larger amps had two or four power tubes in push-pull, which work like a see-saw -- when one tube is decreasing in voltage, the other is increasing.
It must have good quality heater insulation. And its pretty kewl but under used. Sell Your Gear on Reverb Made in Mexico Fender Serials Fender opened a factory in Ensenada, Mexico in the late '80s and instruments started coming off the line in 1990. In addition to A23373, it appears the stamping machine stuck on serial number A23378 as four distinct amps with this number has been reported. Solid-state rectifiers do not wear out as tubes do, nor can they be replaced by the user. This was the first year for the blonde 6G9 Tremolux.
As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year. Third tube is the vibrato oscillator. We understand that some technicians recommend Ei or Preferred Series 7025 for this duty. Fifth tube is the vibrato tremolo oscillator. Stratocaster Between 1973 and 1981 there were periods that this is not consistently done. All new models got the new logo from that moment on. Assuming the suffixes started with -01 and went to -3000, there would be around 3000 of these floating around.
Once again, there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years. I hvae been to the site and couldn't find any e-mail links. Power tube middle socket is 6V6. This tube should be of good quality. I belive that Fender now has a different numbering system for at least the Blues Junior, for the newer ones. This is the phase inverter and vibrato tube. A good amp tech can make these sound great.
Twin 6G8A; Showman 6G14A First tube is first channel preamp, 7025 is specified. Second tube is vibrato channel preamp, 7025 is specified. There is some overlap of serial numbers and dates. The amps that received the stamped suffix must also be added to this sub-total. Hit the jump to see just how old that guitar or bass really is.
This is the phase inverter and vibrato tube. Some browsing around the can definitely help you find which model you have. Vintage Series was introduced with the V as prefix to the serial number. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 5 digits U. The Code on the tube chart of your Fender Amp is made up of two letters.