Dating my fender amp
(the one in question is s/n 0073) My best guess is that it's 1994... You probably won't end up with a "birthday", though... Welllllllllll ok is there some way other then writing to fender to date this thing (pluueeze no witty jokes, I am married, and my wife would not understand). Anybody know at least where to point me to find out when this puppy was made, aside from maybe looking at the tone caps,??
The chassis can also be found in the weird, plastic-cased Deco-Tone and in some Custom Shop amps with exotic wood cases such as bubinga.The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced.Given the modular nature of Fender's production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a complete guitar in the following year.Many overseas internet sites that you may be looking at may not quote you the price inclusive of their local taxes, freight to Australia, Australian duty (which is applicable to guitars and amps) customs clearance charges, port charges and surcharges and other government charges which may also include a quarantine inspection charge, and GST.The price quoted also may not be in Australia dollars.One is not necessarily better than the other; the dark tones are nice for blues and jazz, while the new amps do brighter tones better.
All green board and all cream board Blues Juniors are identical electronically, despite what the salesman told you. Below is a table of revision dates and the changes made on those dates. Fender adopted a two-letter dating code in 1990, and the code can be found on the Quality Assurance label, inside the cabinet, sometimes located on the bottom, next to the reverb tank, sometimes on the side.
So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.
Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model.
The serial numbers for these amps begin with “LO,” indicating that they were made in the Fender/Sunn Lake Oswego factory. It usually applies to old vacuum tubes/valves that have gone unsold for decades. All cream board tweed Blues Juniors have a “Limited Edition” plaque on the back.
The NOS Blues Junior is a current production, lacquered tweed amp with a Jensen reissue C12N speaker. There’s nothing limited about the edition; they built a bunch and when they ran out, they built another bunch.
I was just recommended to this forum by an acquaintance from ebay... Turns out that the manufacturing date is May, 1993 (in case you're at all curious). -Greg I just traded a Gretsch for a VK the Serial number is 3748 and no there are no letters in front of those numbers.