Dating a fender amplifier with serial number

If possible, open up the chassis and check a few of the pots’ and capacitors’ manufacturer codes.Remember, many components could have been changed over the years, speakers blow, caps dry out, transformers melt down, and pots wear out.The code follows the format: XXXYY ZZ where: XXX = a two or three (possibly four on newer amps) digit number indicating the manufacturer.(see chart below) YY = is a one or two digit code indicating the year.Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.


The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.

Most notably, PRODUCTION DATES have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.


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