Fender amplifier serial numbers for dating

19-May-2019 05:17

Our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps explains in detail how you can date your amp by looking at serial numbers, tube charts, transformer codes, speaker codes, Fender logo, etc.

For years, SERIAL NUMBERS have been used in various locations on Fender instruments, such as the top of the neck plate, the front or back of the headstock and the back of the neck near the junction with the body.465 designating the Oxford EIA code, 2 designating the year 1962, and 17 designating the 17th week of ’62.Take a look at this ’62 Fender Princeton Amp, and you’ll see that exact speaker, as well as the typical Schumacher transformers (EIA 606) used in Fender amplifiers.The charts below detail the most common Fender serial number schemes from 1976 to the present.Once again, there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.

For years, SERIAL NUMBERS have been used in various locations on Fender instruments, such as the top of the neck plate, the front or back of the headstock and the back of the neck near the junction with the body.465 designating the Oxford EIA code, 2 designating the year 1962, and 17 designating the 17th week of ’62.Take a look at this ’62 Fender Princeton Amp, and you’ll see that exact speaker, as well as the typical Schumacher transformers (EIA 606) used in Fender amplifiers.The charts below detail the most common Fender serial number schemes from 1976 to the present.Once again, there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.SERIAL NUMBERS were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars.