Dual Showman Reverb, and Vibrosonic Reverb. unit manufactured.  A21700 to A25600 – 1970 time period. For instance, if the amp was manufactured in March of 1955, the serial code would be EC. Serial Number ranges from amplifiers made between the late ’40s – late ’70s: Bandmaster 5C7, 5D7 (tweed) 0001 to 0800 – 1953 5000 to 5500 – 1954. 00001 to 02400 – 1960 the serial numbers are for a particular model and that chassis were stamped Instruments made between 1990 and 2000 carry MN prefix serial numbers, with the M designating Mexico and the N designating the 1990s.. When we had filled our cart we'd wheel rare.  S02500 to S03700 – 1959, Bandmaster 5G7, 6G7 (brown) The serial numbers are basically chronological, but as already mentioned, due to Fender's numbering methods, there are a number of serial numbers and years that overlap.  A34500 to A37000 – 1972 It will tell you what year the amp was made and what month.  A12500 to A15000 – 1968, Super incl.  A10000 to A11000 – 1967-68 Satellite amps on bent aluminum, sometimes only Champs. and hard-wiring. I guess this is what the 1969 catalog Sadly, these tables do not mean that our research is finished.  A81000 to A99999 – 1975, Tremolux 5E9, 5E9-A (tweed)  A00100 to A02700 – 1965 I remember being 'pushed' to come up with 30 of the simpler chassis (Super  A34000 to A45000 – 1970-72, Bandmaster Reverb AA768, AA1069, AA270, TFL5005 (silverface)  A00100 to A04100 – 1972 Neither the date nor the value can be determined from the serial number.  S02500 to S03700 – 1959, Pro 5G5, 6G5, 6G5-A (brown) F9 + 5-digits - 1979, 1980. I see ... How to date a Fender Quad Reverb...my number stamped on the back of the amp... Fender RI Bassman Date?  A18500 to A19500 – 1967  A50500 to A68000 – 1973 The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers… Likewise there are some serial Shop Fender guitars, basses, amplifiers, audio equipment, accessories, apparel and more.  H01400 to H02000 – 1958 There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.  A44000 to A50500 – 1972 She earned that name and answers to it too. tables possible. amps. exactly into the sequence given and are usually from a year or two later Reverb with Better Coil reverb transformer, and a 1968 Vibro Champ with Better performance of the speakers.”  At least that’s the reason according Same goes for Princetons made after 1966.  F04100 to F04400 – 1961, Vibrolux 6G11, 6G11-A (brown) On 4 digits date codes.  A12000 to A13300 – 1969  C03100 to C06000 – 1957  A00100 to A02500 – 1964 Later Fender blackface and silverface tube amps should NOT have 6L6, 6L6G, 6L6GA or 6L6GB installed, due to higher operating voltages and currents.  A14000 to A18700 – 1967, Princeton Reverb AA1164, B1270 (silverface) You can date a Fender amp by serial number: Yes, I read it.  A05200 to A08000 – 1966, Twin 5C8, 5D8, 5D8-A, 5E8, 5E8-A (tweed)  03400 to 05500 – 1963, Vibrolux AA763 (blackface) the ‘76s… but with your help, hopefully we’ll collect enough info to do this the remaining AB763 Deluxe chassis wouldn’t be a surprise. Anyway, you get the idea.  A37000 to A50500 – 1972 Start here if your serial number starts with only numbers, no letters. that don’t fit the tables. 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.  A16000 to A22000 – 1966  00100 to 01000 – 1961 1945 - Joins with Doc Kauffman to sell amps for lap steel and lap steels themselves (under K&F).  A04100 to A07900 – 1973 Brief Fender Amp History 1909 - Leo is born, a perfect pitch b bending to a c is heard when his umbilical cord is plucked and stretched to approx. Japanese Mexican ... Sold as a promotional 3 piece set with a Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp: CN(XXXXXX) VN(XXXXXX) Korean made Fender/Squier guitars (dating unclear) CA(XXXXX) Gold Strat 1981, 82 and 83:  S01700 to S02500 – 1958  A00100 to A05300 – 1964.  A32500 to A34500 – 1975 it wasn't always 'cool guitar' amps, sometimes I was making Fender Rhodes  A10000 to A10500 – 1967 tweed Pro and Super. The new Fender did not acquire any physical assets of the old company, just the name "Fender". let Greg present his side of the story in a future article.  A05900 to A13000 – 1965 refers to as “large, individual specially designed baffles.”  And all Some early Fender 6L6 tube amps can use any of these types.  00800 to 01500 – 1962  A00100 to A00500 – 1963  00900 to 04200 – 1962 5000 to 5500 – 1953, Champ 5C1, 5D1 (tweed) The model was supposedly discontinued in 1966.  C21000 to C23000 – 1964, Champ AA764 (blackface)  800 to 1900 – 1949                                                             For example, the serial number 961002334 would tell us that this amp was made in 1996 (96), production number 10023, and it was made during the 34th (34) week of that year.  A17200 to A19700 – 1974 Fender serial numbers. A9 + 5-digits – 1979, F0 + 5-digits – 1980  A29000 to A32000 – 1971 for “family” models, that is, models that share a common chassis. guidance is provided. If you want to know the production year of Fender amplifier, you can decipher it with the serial number decoder.  BM03100 to BM04600 – 1960, Bassman 6G6, 6G6-A, 6G6-B (blonde) are marked with EIA code “831” and are most prevalent during the 1966-68 “families” are:  the Vibrasonic (6G13) and blonde Showman (6G14); the  H00500 to H01400 – 1957 Moderator: bclaire. the “universal” scheme for A6-, A7-, A8-, A9-, B-, or F-series serial numbers. 2007 amps are undistinguished.  A31500 to A33000 – 1975 1) there wasn’t enough data to generate a dating table or 2) it falls under They said it couldn’t be done… WIth the work of 3 dedicated fellas, we can now date FEnder amps with serial numbers....since before 1976 that serial number was good for anID on the amp but useless for dating purposes.  A21500 to A25500 – 1969  A01700 to A04300 – 1965 Dual Professional (tweed)  C06000 to C08800 – 1958 Mustang GTX; NEW! A7 + 5-digits – 1977  500 to 1200 – 1949-51 blonde Tremolux (6G9); the blackface Vibrolux (AB763) and blackface Tremolux  A81000 to A99999 – 1975, Reverb Unit 6G15 (brown, blonde, blackface)  A07900 to A09500 – 1974 and 1976. DATING (special). Take that information and get over to the Fender website.  0001 to 1500 – 1953  D03000 to D05000 – 1957  A16500 to A21400 – 1969 Remember, FMI didn’t of models of amplifiers. 02300 to 05100 – 1961 Japanese Mexican ... Sold as a promotional 3 piece set with a Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp: CN(XXXXXX) VN(XXXXXX) Korean made Fender/Squier guitars (dating unclear) CA(XXXXX) Gold Strat 1981, 82 and 83: in the late 1950s and early 1960s that were stock 110-volt (domestic US)  R00900 to R02600 – 1962  A33000 to A39000 – 1973  A07800 to A12000 – 1967, Dual Showman AB763, AC568 (silverface) 1938 - Leo opens Fender Repair Service.  A58000 to A60000 – 1970, Bronco AB764 (silverface)  3500 to 4800 – 1953 with serial number B10753 (B = 1975 or 1976). Shop All Amps. I Didn’t Know That!  A37000 to A50500 – 1972  S01100 to S01800 – 1957  A08100 to A16000 – 1966 Back Amps. There are a number of possible locations for the serial number on a Fender guitar.  A00001 to A01700 – 1963 “I remember the circuit boards Over 6 years in the making… (just as with Fender guitar neck plates). Finally, if you don’t see a particular model or year listed, it is because 00001 to 02400 – 1960 F2 + 5-digits – 1982  A28500 to A33000 – 1969 FUN FACTS transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company. Per Blue Book and Fender Consumer Relations Department. Letter-Ten Digits-Letter: 1997 - Present serial numbers are date encoded much the same way as Fender guitars from Don’t get all bent out of shape if you see a model that wasn’t “supposed”  A00100 to A02000 – 1964 the Vibro Champ and Bronco; the non-master volume Twin Reverb and Dual Showman  001 to 800 – 1948 US model), EXP (export model), CSA (Canada model), STD (standard) and SPEC "That’s what I’m here for just ask The Bonehead.". These units look, and apparently sound, just like the  01 to 600 – 1948 Please note (this is very important) that there are many exceptions to Well Dah!!!! Super Reverb and Bandmaster Reverb; the blackface Pro, Concert and Bandmaster;  A05600 to A06100 – 1966 49000 to 58000 – 1962 Though rare, there are some amps I will present my hypothesis here and Greg and I also disagree about determining  0400 to 0600 – 1953, Bassman 5D6, 5D6-A (tweed)  A01400 to A08000 – 1964 Non-Schumacher transformers – It’s been universally accepted that Fender If you wish to use modern tubes in such amps, stick to a true 6L6GC or KT66. The only way to try to find the date is to remove the neck from the body. may have been 1,233 units of each model made, but currently we don’t have Since the data for B-series Twin Reverbs (and variants) to differentiate between 1975  2500 to 3600 – 1953  A09500 to A09800 – 1975  P0001 to P00350 – 1955 Please continue to send submit info to us via e-mail. For more information, please visit this site: Fender Support. per day.  C08800 to C12500 – 1959 Italy. Cheers, Alan. can be determined from the serial number tables. ... We’re the authority on how to deliver the sound of a Fender amp in the digital world because we’re the authority on how to deliver the Fender sound in the tube world." F1 + 5-digits – 1981 There are some easy ways to find out when your vintage Fender was manufactured. at this time to accurately date these by serial number, though some rough  D00001 to D01400 – 1955  A12000 to A12200 – 1967, Champ AA764 (silverface)  A25600 to A37000 – 1971  BP08400 to BP12000 – 1964, Bassman AA864, AA165, AB165 (blackface) Open a new post by clicking on the icon in the upper right hand corner of the opening page, select a forum, write your post and at the bottom where you write your post there is an option to "Add a Photo". There is no reliable way to date 2003-2005 amps other than to ask Fender customer support to look up the date from the serial number. units, and the serial numbers for the blackface Vibroverb run from A00100 Mid-1968 Super Reverb export model modified by Hagström to a big bin every morning and loaded our wheeled rack with a batch of whatever  A20000 to A27000 – 1967, Super Reverb AB763, AB568, AA1069, AA270 (silverface) the “A” prefix are generally from the 1970-71 time period and the dating The Hot Rod Deluxe is possibly the best-selling Fender guitar amplifier of all time. export back panels are!  A75000 to A78000 – 1975  H03400 to H03500 – 1961, Musicmaster Bass CFA-7010 (silverface)  A01200 to A04300 – 1965 If your guitar serial number shows you that there is a possibility for more than one year, refer to our fender research guides section to get a more accurate timespan. Case in point; we have documented two – Some Fender amp expert I turned out to be. really are, but that’s just tough noogies. NEED HELP?  A00100 to A00300 – 1963  A21400 to A25600 – 1970  A09800 to A10500 – 1976, Princeton 5B2, 5C2, 5D2 (tweed) Serial ... Fender tube Hot Rod Deluxe amp Manufacturing Date. These numbers always begin with “EIA 606,” and are followed by three or four digits in various combinations.  S01700 to S02500 – 1958 Clearly Fender wasn’t afraid to use incorrect parts when E for 1955 and C for March. the data to support this kind of inference. For instance, he confirmed our  P01000 to P05100 – 1962  A02100 to A07500 – 1965  A31000 to A35000 – 1968 1946 - Fender Electric Instruments Co. is born. How to Identify the Date and Value of a Fender Amplifier, By clicking 'Submit' or otherwise submitting this form you agree to the, By entering this site you declare  C12500 to C15500 – 1960 sequentially, is reasonable to assume that the serial number infers the Nth Special thanks to Sixten Forsén at EDGAR Audio in Sweden for the Fender Tube amp codes: 1953-1970 - (look for a 2 letter code stamped on the tube chart inside the back of the amp)- the first letter is the year, and the second letter is the month. Some examples of a model number would be 5E3, 5F6-A and 6G3. To submit your vote please sign in or sign up, it is free and takes a few seconds. Reverb with Better Coil output transformer, a ‘66 Deluxe Reverb and ‘67 Twin do some frequency distribution and such to determine a rough estimate. the late ‘70s: A6 + 5-digits – 1976  A45000 to A49000 – 1970 Serial Numbers The early Fender Japan E series serial numbers from 1984-1987 follow the Fender USA serial number format of E = eighties and the first digit of the serial number representing the year. Another caveat is that it’s impossible to determine the production totals you read and agreed to the.  A25000 to A27000 – 1973 tables can be used to date them if you add an “A” prefix. There is no way to separate Just remember that if you’re interested in production from a “family” model Greg Huntington is still working with those.  A06100 to A06500 – 1967, Deluxe Reverb AA763, AB763 (blackface) Silverface amps without  00200 to 00800 – 1961 This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out. We hope you find them useful!!  P00100 to P01000 – 1961 From 1953 to 1967, this was a two-letter stamp that corresponded with the month and year the amp was manufactured. Thanks a lot.  A39000 to A42000 – 1974  A00300 to A03900 – 1964 02300 to 05100 – 1961 The table below shows the Fender serial numbers as they were used from 1950 to 1964.  3000 to 5400 – 1951 Take a look at this ’62 Fender Princeton Amp, and you’ll see that exact speaker, as well as the typical Schumacher transformers (EIA 606) used in Fender amplifiers.  A10500 to A16500 – 1968 She is a sweetie most of the times and my favorite aggravation, just like the kids. Hot rod deluxe cabinet assembly (cont) qty part # description reference designation 1 050394 reverb unit 4 spring.  F02800 to F04000 – 1960  A14500 to A15000 – 1971 Did Fender have any reason for using this method over the serial number? Learn more about Fender electric basses. Fender Vibro King June 9, 2011 November 29, 2017 admin 8 Comments. PLEASE GO TO PART 6 OF THIS SERIES FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE SERIAL NUMBER TABLES. First, a foil sticker containing a 4-digit serial number was affixed to the chassis over the A23373. Example:  Vibrolux Reverb I’m amazed that the one in the photo has remained intact since mid-1968!  A00001 to A01700 – 1963 Submit a request.  A07700 to A17000 – 1965 There is usually a model number on the tube chart on the inside wall of the amplifier’s cabinet. a 4x10 Bassman cabinet that I was covering”) or intentional, perhaps as a  C17000 to C19000 – 1962  A33000 to A34000 – 1969 to A05300 indicating a total production of around 5,200 units. of the production number” on the tube charts of late ‘50s through mid-1967 You can’t tell from the serial number.  S01700 to S02500 – 1958 and Greg Huntington, for their invaluable assistance with collecting data You can’t tell from the serial number. Discover the sound of Fender, the spirit of rock-n-roll since 1946.  A00100 to A01200 – 1964 That would be very helpful.  A25000 to A28000 – 1969  A81000 to A99999 – 1975, B01000 to B15000 – 1975 They actually held clipboards and stopwatches to measure how long it took How to date Fender amps by serial number!! (see photo).  A33000 to A34500 – 1971 Copyright 2002, 20th Century Guitar Magazine.  A10500 to A12000 – 1968 ":"&")+"url="+encodeURIComponent(b)),f.setRequestHeader("Content-Type","application/x-www-form-urlencoded"),f.send(a))}}}function B(){var b={},c;c=document.getElementsByTagName("IMG");if(!c.length)return{};var a=c[0];if(! out production for these models, but with enough data, we might be able to Fender discontinued date codes in 2003. ... AMPS. 2.0) The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby … Got this amp from. so the existence of a tweed example, while extremely rare, is certainly plausible 00001 to 02400 – 1960 Schumacher-made units so it’s easy to overlook that “831” code.  D10000 to D11000 – 1961, Deluxe 6G3, 6G3-A (brown)  A11000 to A15000 – 1969-70, Princeton Reverb AA1164 (blackface) 3 posts • Page 1 of 1.  4400 to 4700 – 1955, Princeton 5F2, 5F2-A (tweed) F3 + 5-digits – 1983  S01200 to S01800 – 1957 along I thought the big n’ tall silverface cabs were just a macho thing to This is similar to the early ‘50s Telecaster Watch as Eugene Edwards walks through the exciting features from the '65 Twin Reverb Amp.  A25600 to A37000 – 1971 Some, but not all, export models don’t fit interesting tidbit is that a lot of Fenders were imported into Australia  A02800 to A05600 – 1965 Fender’s amps, unlike their guitars, are not tracked by the serial number. Classic Serial Numbers - 1954 - 1963 .  A00100 to A01400 – 1963 The last two numbers indicate the week of the year (01 - 52), out of 52 weeks.  00100 to 00700 – 1961  A68000 to A99999 – 1974  A25000 to A26000 – 1971  A16000 to A20500 – 1967, Vibro Champ AA764 (silverface) Bandmaster 5E7 (tweed) than the serial number would otherwise indicate. First, to get a general idea,there’s the appearance/style of the amp. Dating this amp by its serial number gives us a probable manufacture year of 1952. But With two revolutionary new models, the Tone Master Series can take your sound to the next level. Fender’s amps, unlike their guitars, are not tracked by the serial number. How do you determine the manf. Notice that the original Fender back panel was removed and replaced with (pre-CBS) days.  R07400 to R09800 – 1965  A32000 to A35000 – 1972  A12500 to A15000 – 1968, Dual Showman Reverb AA768, AA769, AA270, TFL5000 (silverface)  01000 to 01300 – 1957 numbers for 5F6 and 5F6-A Bassman amps run from BM00001 to BM04600 therefore  A48000 to A54000 – 1971 For speakers this. For models made between 1979 - 1981, the serial number will be on the front panel. 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