Okay, I know you’re all just dying to skip ahead to the serial number tables but try to contain your excitement and read through the article first.A 1957 tweed Vibrolux was reported with a tube chart printed with circuit “5E3” (tweed Deluxe) instead of the correct 5F11 (see photo).Since several models can share one chassis type (for example, the early brown 5G7 Bandmaster, 5G5 Pro and 5G12 Concert), this kind of interpretation is inaccurate.Instead, there were approximately 2000 of these chasses produced, which then ended up as one of the three models in question.While dating Fender amps made before 1994 by serial number is all but impossible (as records of these numbers were never kept), all hope is not lost—the charts below should prove helpful in dating your Fender amp.
Dating early Fender amplifiers is sometimes quite challenging.
There are a number of resources available online to help you to date your guitar amplifier or bass amp.
Many of these resources refer to source-date-codes located on pots or speakers within your amplifier.
Please keep in mind that those components must be original to get a valid date for a vintage guitar amplifier.
Other sources to date your amp may include serial numbers and overall look and visual components on the amp as well.
Well, this universal “truth” was debunked when we found a bunch of amps with transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company.