Dating fender transformers
It’s unknown if the tweed covering was a mistake (“Oops, I thought this was a 4x10 Bassman cabinet that I was covering”) or intentional, perhaps as a special order.
Non-Schumacher transformers – It’s been universally accepted that Fender only used Schumacher transformers on amps made in the 1960s and 1970s.
I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading.
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.
Since the new owner would have likely removed this tag immediately upon arriving home, I’m amazed that the one in the photo has remained intact since mid-1968!
Along with dating amps by serial numbers, we were interested in determining production totals, if possible.
Note the check boxes for DOM (domestic US model), EXP (export model), CSA (Canada model), STD (standard) and SPEC (special).
Well, this universal “truth” was debunked when we found a bunch of amps with transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company.
I remember two 'suits' from upstairs standing behind me occasionally doing time studies.
They actually held clipboards and stopwatches to measure how long it took for me to attach various parts.
Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.
Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas?One has to wonder where all those factory original export back panels are! Another interesting tidbit is that a lot of Fenders were imported into Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s that were stock 110-volt (domestic US) units.