Dating fender amp pots

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There are several ways to determine when a Fender amp was produced.First use the cosmetic features to get a range of possible years.The first 3 digits of the code represent the manufacturer.The next one or two represent the last two digits or last digit of the year.The raised “Fender” grille logo lost its tail around 76.There are exceptions to this rule like the the Bronco.

(see chart below) YY = is a one or two digit code indicating the year.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.Serial Number: There is no information readily available for dating Fender amps by serial number but there are people working on it. Circuit Code: In 1963 Fender stoped using model numbers to identify schematics and began using the model name and an assigned circuit number.These circuit numbers which are located on the tube chart can be usefull for getting a rough date on an amp.

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