Dating fender tube amps by serial number part 5
This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out.
For starters, there's the Reverb Price Guide which has thousands of entries with pictures and details on various guitars and other gear.
His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time.
Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day.
Anyone know where I can go to find info on dating this amp?
Hi jmoss, Here is the Fender amp dating site. If that doesn't help, contact Fender with your serial number and they might be able to help. I already found the Fender site and it wasn't much help.
Here is what the neck date and body date look like from a 1952 Telecaster: If you're not comfortable removing the neck of a guitar to peek at the date marker, I encourage you to take it to a local tech or luthier.
There are certainly plenty of exceptions, so again, using serial numbers in conjunction with other dating methods is always the best bet.
Click on the links here to jump directly to the serial number style that matches your instrument: In the early years, Fender serial numbers schemes were specific to the model.
I will also mention briefly pot-codes as a resource (numbers on the internal potentiometers of the guitar).
These can definitely be useful in cases where no other numbers exist, but just tell when the pot itself was made.
I bought a used, like new, Acoustasonic amp which I'm very happy with but I don't know the age of the amp.