Dating fender amps transformer codes

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Dating Fender Tube Amps by Serial Number, Part I by Greg Gagliano Copyright 1997, 20th Century Guitar Magazine. Well, we'll get to good parts, but first a little background information is in order.

After reading Teagle and Sprung's excellent Fender amp book, I took them up on their challenge that maybe someday someone will compile enough serial numbers so that Fender amps can be dated that way. I contacted several Fenders collectors and dealers who were kind enough to supply me with data.

An updated version was introduced in 2006 as part of the "Vintage Modified" line.

The Champ had the lowest power output and the simplest circuit for all of the Fender tube amps.

The circuit in [that amps] is built on a phenolic turret board instead of the Fender style fibre board used [later.] [...] it appears that Traynor/Yorkville used three digit serial numbers up until 1968.It would be more accurate to say that approx 650 of each of these models were produced in ’60. Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days. Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas? I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading.

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