Dating a vintage fender amp

Some things are very obvious such as non-original or reconed speakers, non-original transformers, replaced pots, re-tweed, re-tolex, re-grill, etc.and these changes are often disclosed and of a non-malicious nature.465 designating the Oxford EIA code, 2 designating the year 1962, and 17 designating the 17th week of ’62.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.

Dating Fender Amps 1951-1967 – Tube chart on the inside of the amp is stamped with two letters (A – Q): The first letter designates the year and the second letter designates the month.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.The following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.If you see any data that is not listed here or notice any errors, for 1970’s and earlier Fender amps, please send us an email and we will update the chart.

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