Dating fender pot codes

18-Jul-2016 16:13

The guitar is just about factory perfect in every way: There’s barely a scratch to be found and no dust balls rolling around inside, no changed or altered parts other than a cleanly repaired tailpiece hinge, only very light wear on the first frets, and the finish and metal parts are shiny and, well, clean. The case echoes the guitar’s condition, too; the pink lining is vibrant, clean, and unworn.

Finally, the original hangtags and Humbucking pickup instructions that were lovingly stored with the guitar for more than half a century will be included with the sale.

Similarly for those seeking a pre CNC machine Paul Reed Smith you want to find one made before 1995.

Finding the definitive date or year of manufacture is not always going to be possible but this guide will give you a few tips to help you narrow it down.

Amp: Serial # C-05705, Tube chart dated November 1957, all part codes date 1957. Light scuffing on the tweed covering, no tears in the grille cloth, handle is perfect.

First, to get a general idea,there’s the appearance/style of the amp.A00100 to A02000 – 1964 A01200 to A08100 – 1965 A08100 to A17000 – 1966 A16000 to A21000 – 1967 A20000 to A26000 – 1968 A25000 to A28000 – 1969 A28000 to A29000 – 1970 A29000 to A32000 – 1971 A32000 to A35000 – 1972 A33000 to A39000 – 1973 A39000 to A42000 – 1974 A42000 to A51000 – 1975 A51000 to A53000 – 1976 Export models had serial numbers that started with a “B” rather than with an “A”.Transformer / Speaker / Pot Codes American-made electronic components of that era usually have codes to indicate manufacturer and date of production.We combined all of our information into a computerized database for this project and for the past 18 months have been slowly (sadly, very slowly) gathering information that we collect ourselves as well as from other people.What we need is the following: 1) Model name 2) Model number on the tube chart 3) Date code letters on the tube chart 4) Speaker codes (if speaker is original) 5) Transformer codes (if the amp doesn't have date codes on the tube chart) 6) Cosmetic features (flat/raised logo, tweed/tolex, blackface/silverface, rough/ smooth blond tolex, white/skirted knobs, TV-front/wide-panel, etc.) One very interesting and very important factoid has surfaced regarding the date code letters on the tube chart.

First, to get a general idea,there’s the appearance/style of the amp.A00100 to A02000 – 1964 A01200 to A08100 – 1965 A08100 to A17000 – 1966 A16000 to A21000 – 1967 A20000 to A26000 – 1968 A25000 to A28000 – 1969 A28000 to A29000 – 1970 A29000 to A32000 – 1971 A32000 to A35000 – 1972 A33000 to A39000 – 1973 A39000 to A42000 – 1974 A42000 to A51000 – 1975 A51000 to A53000 – 1976 Export models had serial numbers that started with a “B” rather than with an “A”.Transformer / Speaker / Pot Codes American-made electronic components of that era usually have codes to indicate manufacturer and date of production.We combined all of our information into a computerized database for this project and for the past 18 months have been slowly (sadly, very slowly) gathering information that we collect ourselves as well as from other people.What we need is the following: 1) Model name 2) Model number on the tube chart 3) Date code letters on the tube chart 4) Speaker codes (if speaker is original) 5) Transformer codes (if the amp doesn't have date codes on the tube chart) 6) Cosmetic features (flat/raised logo, tweed/tolex, blackface/silverface, rough/ smooth blond tolex, white/skirted knobs, TV-front/wide-panel, etc.) One very interesting and very important factoid has surfaced regarding the date code letters on the tube chart.Completely original and unmodified, pots dated 1957, tuners work well, pickup measures 6.0 k Ohms. With its original hang-tag and cover, this factory stock Tweed 5F1 Fender Champ is a pretty special little amp.