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SERIAL NUMBERS are also helpful in determining an instrument’s production year.
Electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stamped with a date code, which indicates the manufacturer and the manufacturing date.
Our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps explains in detail how you can date your amp by looking at serial numbers, tube charts, transformer codes, speaker codes, Fender logo, etc.
Lots of different speakers were used in the blackface and silverface era Fender amps.
The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, which may be stamped or written there (if you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself, please refer to an experienced professional guitar tech in your area). instruments with “V”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, which may be stamped or written there.
SERIAL NUMBERS with an “S” prefix denote the 1970s (signifying a CBS attempt to use SERIAL NUMBERS to identify production years); an “E” prefix was introduced in 1979 to denote the 1980s. Vintage Series instruments and “V”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS. * NOTE: “N”-prefix SERIAL NUMBERS denoting the 1990s were introduced in 1990.