Dating fender amps transformer codes
While it's anyone's guess how many of those 5500 were Champ II and how many were Bassman 20, they seem to come up on e Bay equally often. People keep on referring to this 'fewer than 500' thing, especially when they're trying to sell one as 'rare', but I'm still waiting for anyone to point back to the original 'fact' of the matter!) If your amp's serial number falls into the last 3 batches then your best hope of dating it is if you've still got the original speaker.I would have to collect data for ALL the amp types, just to work out how many were made of mine.Then I became aware of the amazing work Greg Gagliano had been doing since the 1990s - the summary of his latest results are here - and that his research didn't take in the Rivera-era, or anything later. However for this range of amps at least, I reckon it's not just a policy of withholding company-confidential information. It's no criticism of Fender to suggest that they were too busy making great amps to keep records just so some amateur could use them thirty years later.Fender never replied, and the magazine showed polite disinterest.So, with my dreams of being A Published Author in shreds, I might as well make what I've got available to folks.It represents fifteen years of time that could have been spent becoming a better guitarist, so if you quote it elsewhere, I'd appreciate a link and/or a name-check, either as "Stratopastor" or under my real name.All these amps have serial numbers beginning F2, F3 or F4 followed by another 5 digits. However Fender couldn't maintain that system for long, and there are no F5 or F6 amps.
9 out of 10 did - many thanks to them for their trouble and good will.His info (rightly passed on to me without details of the amps' owners) still represents about a seventh of my database. Compared to my estimate of the total made, that's more than one in forty.It might not sound like much, but quite a lot can be deduced from such a sample.However the dates for these batches are certain to be later than the batch shown immediately above, or earlier than the batch shown below.If you've got an amp in this category and can supply any of those codes as well as the serial number, I would Also, things got a little crazy during Fender's last few months in the Fullerton factory, and when the management buyout was complete (March 1985) they had some parts but no factory.