Dating a silverface bassman,
Fellow Fender amp researcher, Greg Huntington, passed away June 5, after losing his battle with cancer.
For example, the serial numbers for 5F6 and 5F6-A Bassman amps run from BM to BM therefore we can conclude that there were about Dating abuja ladies, units made.
These have not been observed or reported so the answer remains unknown. Interest in vintage Fender amps really took hold about years ago.
Unlike serial numbers used for most Fender guitars and basses, we know that serial number sequences are unique to a particular model or a family of models of amplifiers.
For instance, the serial numbers for tweed Bandmaster 3x10 run from S to S Some tables changed very little and others changed quite a bit. In addition to A, it appears the stamping machine stuck on serial number A as four distinct amps with this number has been reported.
The brown Deluxe is less common at about 4, units made serial numbers run from D to D Remember, this model shares a chassis with the narrow panel tweed Pro and Super.
First, it will be useful to you to understand the following five terms in order to choose the correct chart for dating your amp: Paul worked with Greg on their small box brown Twin myth busting research and is extremely knowledgeable about Fender amps in general with a specialization in the brown and blonde amps.
Some serial numbers have a letter prefix plus 4-digits instead of the usual 5- or 6-digits. The lowest suffix observed to date is A and the highest is A After that the foreman would add the tubes, turn 'em on and set the bias.
The revised amp had 14 coupling caps and there may have been upwards of made. But changes took place in as well. Several different types, in vertical and diagonal weaves, were used.
But it wasn't always 'cool guitar' amps, sometimes I was making Fender Rhodes Satellite amps on bent aluminum, sometimes only Champs.
One thing we know for sure is that production codes can help date an amp to a particular month within a given model run.
Paul Linden has volunteered to fill in for Greg. Large overlaps in years may be due to lack of sufficient data late s to mid s or simply that the stamped chassis were used way out sequence mid s to early s. The boss came around and said what we'd be building.
Tolex is the textured vinyl material that covers the amp; offered in many different colors and textures over the years. Also note the vertical black lines on the control panel found on earliest silverface amps and the large ceramic power resistors coming off the power tube sockets which indicates the AB circuit.
The amps that received the stamped suffix must also be added to this sub-total. On early amps, this material was varnished to make it a more durable covering. The revisions were made based on data collected since the tables were initially published.
Yes, Fender went with a deliberate mismatch, not unlike the 3x10 brown Bandmasters that shipped with 8-ohm output transformers.
I remember two 'suits' from upstairs standing behind me occasionally doing time studies. I think the better, older hands did 35 a day. Another interesting tidbit is that a lot of Fenders were imported into Australia in the late s and early s that were stock volt domestic US units.