There are some easy ways to find out when your vintage Fender was manufactured.
First, to get a general idea,there’s the appearance/style of the amp.
If you can track down the date code, simply refer to the following set of tables, which provide an accurate record of the date codes used throughout the years.
I've got a '65 (tube chart date OF) Super Reverb I've had since '66 new, one of my main two small/medium gig travel amps and yea it's got it's road worn look, but no harm. Though one speaker has Green dot sticker and the other a Red dot sticker. Both are the exact same speaker, but now I recall had to be re-conned some 30 years ago and has a repair label over the magnet with the donut label put back over the repair label (which I can't get off now). T2If you're asking T2Stratman on his sweet Triple A condition 65 BF Super Rev, I'd guess a small fortune.
(My old - literally - Amp Tech retired years ago and is somewhere up in Washington St., probably bear bait by now). The CTS alnico version may be found in the Vibrolux Reverb, Super Reverb, and Super Six Reverb.
I'd like to tell who ever buys my 'ol baby what those two top speakers are and their approximate date of mfg. Arjay_________________"Here's why reliability is job one: A great sounding amp that breaks down goes from being a favorite piece of gear to a useless piece of crap in less time than it takes to read this sentence." -- BRUCE ZINKYCTS's bronze/plum basket finish was discontinued around 1970, replaced by a silver lacquer.
The codes are added on the production line and are placed on the speaker's chassis leg, on the front gasket or on a label on the magnet edge.
In recent times this information has also been reproduced on the barcode label stuck to the outside of the speaker packaging.
The bottom two speakers have always been the original Oxford model for the Super R. However, an alternative black-enamel color was also available and remained in use well into the late '70s on both the ceramic and alnico types."064121" was the FMI P/N for a 25-watt 10-inch speaker from any authorized vendor.
Well I've decided to sell this "roadie" amp of mine and I have no idea what the top two speakers are. The number may be seen on CTS speakers as well as those made by Oxford.
The number may be seen on CTS speakers as well as those made by Oxford. After I opened it up, it was all original, every single cap, etc, only the power tubes were changed, still had the British made Mullard GZ34 in it! If you can post a better pic or throw up some pics of the transformers we can nail it down a bit better. T2_________________"Here's why reliability is job one: A great sounding amp that breaks down goes from being a favorite piece of gear to a useless piece of crap in less time than it takes to read this sentence." -- BRUCE ZINKYT2, as clean as that BFSR is and the price you stole it at, you better keep it .... Just learned about also using the Orange/Tan or Blue or Sparkle interweave in the grill cloths to help broadly identify mfg dates - that of course if it wasn't changed.
The CTS alnico version may be found in the Vibrolux Reverb, Super Reverb, and Super Six Reverb. And yes it is all original except one CTS speaker was changed for an oxford (currently looking for a CTS Ceramic Replacement from 65! Thanks for the confirm, the numbers you saw are correct.
Arjay So those top two "Plum" finish CTS 10's aren't as new (later 70's) as I thought, rather no younger than 1970. Glad to know that they are Oxfords, which I like the tone better than Utah's and the Jensen's Fender bought.