The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.
Devin runs Doc’s Music in Springfield, Missouri and his interest lies in the woodie and tweed Fender amps made from 1946 through 1960.
Greg and Devin’s experience meshed well with mine since I’m essentially the blackface/silverface amp guy (amps made between 19) in the group.
Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas?
I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading.
In order to date a Fender amp or provide the value, you need to know one of the below: * 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 3 or 4 Xs being the unknown numbers that need to be provided by the owner of the amplifier asking the question.
: The transformer number tells you when the transformer was made and not necessarily the date the amplifier left the Fender Factory, the “2 Letter” date code on the Tube Chart or QA Sticker actually tells you that and that makes it the most accurate option for dating the month and year it was made....Even at we struggle with keeping a correct amp and speaker model overview.There are also exceptions to the rules where Fender delivered non-standard speakers in special orders, Christmas campaigns etc. See our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps for a guide and picture gallery of the known original speakers in the blackface and silverface amps.For example, if you find pots from late ‘64 and transformers from early ’65, you can be pretty sure your amp is a 1965.The following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.The type of face, grille cloth, type and number of speakers, type and number of knobs, etc.