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Our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps explains in detail how you can date your amp by looking at serial numbers, tube charts, transformer codes, speaker codes, Fender logo, etc.Lots of different speakers were used in the blackface and silverface era Fender amps.On the inside of the cabinets of most Fender amps made after 1950 and before 1970, there might be a “tube location” sticker.This sticker is a chart that shows the types of tube types used and the order of their physical location in the amplifier, and may be rubber-stamped with two-letter date codes that denote the year (first letter) and month (second letter) of production.The EIA code will consist of 3 numbers followed by a date code of 3 or 4 numbers designating the year and the week.To give an example, a typical Oxford speaker from the ’60s will look something like: 465-217.In general, Fender amps that don’t have rubber-stamped tube sticker date codes have EIA numbers on their transformers that might enable determination of the production date.

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If four digits are present, the first two digits refer to the year (i.e., a “66” would mean 1966).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.All Fender amplifiers manufactured from 1990 to the present include a date code, printed on the quality assurance (QA) sticker on the back of the amp chassis.This black-and-silver sticker contains several lines for “sign-offs” on completion of sound and electrical testing.

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