Dating fender pot codes elucidating the tractatus
The biggest tip off would be the control panels which brings us to interesting factoid #2.
After CBS bought Fender in January 1965, there were still plenty of control panels for various models that were in stock.
Dating Fender Tube Amps by Serial Number, Part I by Greg Gagliano Copyright 1997, 20th Century Guitar Magazine. Well, we'll get to good parts, but first a little background information is in order.
After reading Teagle and Sprung's excellent Fender amp book, I took them up on their challenge that maybe someday someone will compile enough serial numbers so that Fender amps can be dated that way. I contacted several Fenders collectors and dealers who were kind enough to supply me with data.
First I would like to thank everyone who responded to our request for data as outlined in the initial article that was printed in March 1997 issue of TCG.
Most notably, I'd like to thank Jeff Lacio for his contributions to our research.
The factory realized its mistake in February because these amps have a "PB" date code in black ink.
It's been about 6 months since Part 1 of this series was printed so I thought it would be a good time to give an update on the Fender amp research that I am doing along with Devin Riebe and Greg Huntington.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.Additionally, Greg and Devin also had data that they had been collecting from Fender amps for years. Everything is confidential, we don't make record of who owns what amp in the database.Our evidence is that we are finding some serial numbers duplicated between models.For example, serial number A00121 has been found on a Champ dated November 1964 and a Vibrolux Reverb dated February 1965.