Dating fender amps by serial number part vi gothic women dating site
“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number,”20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., March 1997, pp 28 – 29.
“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part II,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., November 1997, pp 46 – 48.
In January of 1965, Fender was sold to the CBS Corporation.
The serial numbers do not immediately reflect the change, as CBS continued to make instruments using existing, tooling, parts, and serial number schemes.
On my 1959 tweed Champ amplifier, the serial number is located right in front of the fuse cap.So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model. There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
While doing research on Fender amps in general, and the Champ in particular, I came across the most amazing series of articles by Greg Gagliano on the subject. If you have any interest in vintage Fender tube amps, without question you’ve got to read them all.