Dating fender bassman reissue
Keeping the original speakers intact is important for the amps’ second hand value.
Players who gig with their amps regularly deserve new speakers and not 40 year old porous collector items that blow whenever you pluck your low E hard.
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.
You may compare these with your own speakers to determine what you have.
What is also interesting is that our own taste developes over time.
After many years with vanilla ice cream, the taste of chocolate will be a tone explosion, not to mention a mix of the two.
In this case we prefer darker sounding speakers than the typical American Jensen C12n-style.
We want more bass and mids to smooth out the treble and high harmonic frequencies coming from the amp.
New speakers will therefore sound different from vintage speakers.
Speakers are like ice cream; we all have our favorite taste. You need to experiment yourself and taste the hundreds of speaker flavors out there.
It is interesting to hear other opinions but it can also be confusing since we lack a precise vocabulary to describe tone and taste.
Dating Fender Amps 1951-1967 – Tube chart on the inside of the amp is stamped with two letters (A – Q): The first letter designates the year and the second letter designates the month.
A 1951 JAN B 1952 FEB C 1953 MAR D 1954 APR E 1955 MAY F 1956 JUN G 1957 JUL H 1958 AUG I 1959 SEP J 1960 OCT K 1961 NOV L 1962 DEC M 1963 N 1964 O 1965 P 1966 Q 1967 Mid ’70s – early ’80s – Amplifiers are dated much the same way as Fender guitars from the same era: B 5 digits 1975 – 1976 A6 5 digits 1976 A7 5 digits 1977 A8 5 digits 1978 A9 5 digits 1979 F0 5 digits 1980 F1 5 digits 1981 F2 5 digits 1982 – 1983 F3 5 digits 1983 – 1984 F4 5 digits 1984 – 1985 F9 5 digits 1979 – 1980 Dating Contemporary Fender Amplifiers All Fender amplifiers manufactured from 1990 – present include a date code printed on the quality assurance (QA) sticker on the back of the amp chassis, and are dated the by the first letter as the year and the second letter as the month.