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Okay, I know you’re all just dying to skip ahead to the serial number tables but try to contain your excitement and read through the article first.
A 1957 tweed Vibrolux was reported with a tube chart printed with circuit “5E3” (tweed Deluxe) instead of the correct 5F11 (see photo).
Non-Schumacher transformers – It’s been universally accepted that Fender only used Schumacher transformers on amps made in the 1960s and 1970s.
These are marked with EIA code “606” which is the company number for Schumacher.
You may compare these with your own speakers to determine what you have.
Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.
In order to date a Fender amp or provide the value, you need to know one of the below: * The 2 letter date code rubber stamped on the Tube Chart, or * The 2 letter date code on the QA Sticker, or * The Transformer Number that starts with “606-XX-XX”, with the 3 or 4 Xs being the unknown numbers that need to be provided by the owner of the amplifier asking the question.
First, it will be useful to you to understand the following five terms in order to choose the correct chart for dating your amp: refers to the two-tone woven fabric that covered many early amplifiers.Well, this universal “truth” was debunked when we found a bunch of amps with transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company.Dating early Fender amplifiers is sometimes quite challenging.Even at we struggle with keeping a correct amp and speaker model overview.
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.The following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.