Dating a fender amp bt serial number
In a BF Vibrolux Reverbs you could have either Jensen, CTS or Oxford, the BF Super Reverbs had Jensen, CTS, Oxford or sometimes JBL, the BF Pro Reverb had Jensen, Oxford or Utah, .In the silverface era Eminence, Oxford, Utah and Rola were more often used and Jensen was phased out.The new system designated the year of manufacture in the first two digits of the number and the week of manufacture in the last two. For example: 93579942: Year of manufacture is 1993 in the 42 Billy Penn's 300guitars Shop located at 1L Executive Drive in Toms River, NJ will bring your guitars and amplifiers back to life!Specializing in guitar & amplifier repairs and restorations in New Jersey.The Japanese-made Fenders do have some slight serial number differences (typically a "J" serial number prefix). I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes.Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series. Here are the letters with their corresponding years.
I also have a Peavey Raptor 1 International series Strat and a Samick HJ-650 hollow body jazz guitar I purchased around 1994.
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.
Our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps explains in detail how you can date your amp by looking at serial numbers, tube charts, transformer codes, speaker codes, Fender logo, etc.
Lots of different speakers were used in the blackface and silverface era Fender amps.