Dating fender tweed amplifiers colleen shelton dating

It is stamped into the chrome chassis with a white letter “C” (for Champ) and the serial number, also in white.

As you can see from the photo below, the serial number of my amp is C 09556.

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“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part III,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., March 1999, pp 122 – 127.

“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part IV,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., March 2001. *”Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part V,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., January 2002. (This is where the partial chart above came from) “Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part VI” Vintage Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., April 2010.

Remember, your amp is newer than the newest component.

For example, if you find pots from late ‘64 and transformers from early ’65, you can be pretty sure your amp is a 1965.

To give an example, a typical Oxford speaker from the ’60s will look something like: 465-217.

465 designating the Oxford EIA code, 2 designating the year 1962, and 17 designating the 17th week of ’62.

Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.

Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas?

Combined with what we saw with dating a tweed Fender Champ by the tube chart and speaker code, I’m feeling pretty good that all of the various dating methods point to early 1959 for my amp.

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