Dating fender champ amps
The code follows the format: XXXYY ZZ where: XXX = a two or three (possibly four on newer amps) digit number indicating the manufacturer.
I got this amp when my uncle passed and have used it a little just to get to know it. It even has an extra bulb fastened to the rear removable panel.
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.
A 1951 JAN B 1952 FEB C 1953 MAR D 1954 APR E 1955 MAY F 1956 JUN G 1957 JUL H 1958 AUG I 1959 SEP J 1960 OCT K 1961 NOV L 1962 DEC M 1963 N 1964 O 1965 P 1966 Q 1967 Mid ’70s – early ’80s – Amplifiers are dated much the same way as Fender guitars from the same era: B 5 digits 1975 – 1976 A6 5 digits 1976 A7 5 digits 1977 A8 5 digits 1978 A9 5 digits 1979 F0 5 digits 1980 F1 5 digits 1981 F2 5 digits 1982 – 1983 F3 5 digits 1983 – 1984 F4 5 digits 1984 – 1985 F9 5 digits 1979 – 1980 Dating Contemporary Fender Amplifiers All Fender amplifiers manufactured from 1990 – present include a date code printed on the quality assurance (QA) sticker on the back of the amp chassis, and are dated the by the first letter as the year and the second letter as the month.
A=1951, B=1952, C=1953, D=1954, E=1955, F=1956, G=1957, H=1958, I=1959, J=1960, K=1961, L=1962, M=1963, N=1964, O=1965, P=1966, Q=1967A=Jan, B=Feb, C=Mar, D=Apr, E=May, F=Jun, G=Jul, H=Aug, I=Sep, J=Oct, K=Nov, & L=Dec_________________"Here's why reliability is job one: A great sounding amp that breaks down goes from being a favorite piece of gear to a useless piece of crap in less time than it takes to read this sentence." -- BRUCE ZINKYThanks, it must be an IK then.
Thanks in advance for your help._________________"Here's why reliability is job one: A great sounding amp that breaks down goes from being a favorite piece of gear to a useless piece of crap in less time than it takes to read this sentence." -- BRUCE ZINKYFrom Superior Music site: Fender Tube amp codes:1953-1970 - (look for a 2 letter code stamped on the tube chart inside the back of the amp)- the first letter is the year, and the second letter is the month. These codes have nothing to do with the serial number that is stamped on the right rear of the chassis - Those numbers are posted below.