Dating fender amps by serial number
In the silverface era Eminence, Oxford, Utah and Rola were more often used and Jensen was phased out.Even at we struggle with keeping a correct amp and speaker model overview.
[/QUOTE]somewhere on fender's site should be a link to a site which has the info about all fender's amps and serial numbers.A lof of blackface Bassman amps with AA864 tube charts are actually AA165’s, and a lot of AA165 charts are glued into AB165 amps.At the Fender factory they used old tube charts when new models came, probably because the tube layout was the same.There are also exceptions to the rules where Fender delivered non-standard speakers in special orders, Christmas campaigns etc. See our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps for a guide and picture gallery of the known original speakers in the blackface and silverface amps.You may compare these with your own speakers to determine what you have.Lots of different speakers were used in the blackface and silverface era Fender amps.
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, .
Unfortunately the Bassman was one of the first amps that CBS laid their hands on after buying the company from Leo Fender.
A couple of things in the circuitry were immediately changed in 1965 when the AA165 and AB165 replaced the AA864.
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