Dating fender tube amps
Other sources to date your amp may include serial numbers and overall look and visual components on the amp as well.
For example, the logo on the amp or materials used during a certain time period of production.
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.
The process that went into figuring all of this stuff out over 6 years and countless owners of vintage Fender amps is hands down an amazing story.
It is stamped into the chrome chassis with a white letter “C” (for Champ) and the serial number, also in white.
As you can see from the photo below, the serial number of my amp is C 09556.
by Frank Stroupe ***WARNING-There are voltages inside of a tube guitar amp that can KILL you.
I also have a small amount of knowledge of and experience in working on tube amps.
Blackface, early 1965 with "Fender Electric" text on control panel, piggyback head and cabinet with all mounting hardware and tilt-back legs, 50 watts from two 6L6s, 2x12" loudspeakers in a sealed cabinet, two channels,...
50-watt Marshall head, the Model 1986, bass variant of the 1987, plexi panels front and back, small box, lay-down mains transformer, black levant vinyl, gold piping, repro logo, Bulgin AC mains socket replaced with modern IEC, small...
If you are not familiar with working on vacuum tube equipment, you should consult an experienced technician before opening any equipment containing vacuum tubes. The Free Information Society will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused to you or your equipment.*** Early Silverface Logo on Standard Silverface Grillcloth So, you've heard all of your guitar playing life, whether it be for 2 years or 25, that you don't want a Silverface Fender amp.
I can't say today that they are the "best kept secret", because over the past few years, the prices on them are steadily climbing..obviously, the secret has gotten out.