Dating fender tube amps by serial number part 5
In the table below, for example, a “CE” date code indicates a production date of May 1992.
On the inside of the cabinets of most Fender amps made after 1950 and before 1970, there might be a “tube location” sticker.
Although the dates derived using the charts below will likely be a good approximation, they should not be considered exact.
All Fender amplifiers manufactured from 1990 to the present include a date code, printed on the quality assurance (QA) sticker on the back of the amp chassis.
This sticker is a chart that shows the types of tube types used and the order of their physical location in the amplifier, and may be rubber-stamped with two-letter date codes that denote the year (first letter) and month (second letter) of production.
These stamped letters may appear in various positions on the chart.
Additionally, Greg and Devin also had data that they had been collecting from Fender amps for years. Everything is confidential, we don't make record of who owns what amp in the database.
These numbers always begin with “EIA 606,” and are followed by three or four digits in various combinations.
If three digits are present, the first digit refers to the year (i.e., a “7” would mean 1967).
The factory realized its mistake in February because these amps have a "PB" date code in black ink.
Now, we obviously haven't looked at every amp made in January 1966 so this isn't set in stone.