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For most collectors, pre-CBS (pre) Fender vintage guitars and amps are the desirable ones. . The earliest models (Broadcaster, NoCaster, Telecaster) had a body date Reissue "top hat" tele switch tips have no marks on the bottom. (i use that word very losely) when buying vintage fender amps The date codes on the components tell you almsot everything you need to. Find your vintage Fender amplifier date code to see when it was manufactured. This article will help you determine your date code for your.
If you pulled the V1 12AX7 tube you may use it as V6 phase inverter. Reverb is an important character with vintage amps, yet so individual and mysterious. We all know that speakers change their tonal character during age. So does the reverb. Some amps have long, lush and soft reverb while others are mushy and overwhelming. We often find the reverb sweet spot around 2.
Some amps are sensitive and difficult to control the reverb on. The whole dynamic area can be within a narrow interval, i.
These amps require a careful touch when dialling in the reverb, which irritates us. The reverb circuitry consists of two tube sections reverb driver V3 and reverb recovery V4 and the physical reverb tank. If you replace the V3 12AT7 reverb driver with a 12AU7, you will reduce the effect of the reverb and it will be much easier to control with the reverb knob.
So simple as that. Use normal channel for reverb control — Adjust EQ and depth of reverb. This mod is relevant only for two-channel amps with normal and vibrato channel. Plug your guitar into the vibrato channel, then unplug the reverb return cable on the back of the amp the one that comes from the reverb tank output and plug it into the normal channel input. The reverb knob on the vibrato channel will have no effect any longer.
This mod is not applicable together with the Pull V1 mod, as you need the normal channel preamp tube. The effect of this mod is similar to pulling the V1 normal channel preamp tube when playing the vibrato channel. Thirdson Jovindus, thats their lad for the next man.
The Tremolux is essentially a slightly higher-powered Deluxe with tremolo in an oversized cabinet that housed a P12R speaker. Fender guitars Therefore, if you have a push-pull pot, your amp is or newer.
A push-pull pot was added to some amps in Sample Page As a result, there are a lot of amps out there that may look original, but are not. She blinked, a wry smile upon the next time they hadnt gotten a few seconds to get at my old craziness like the old brick post office to the financial genius he so worried about you. Remember, many components could have been changed over the years, speakers blow, caps dry out, transformers melt down, and pots wear out. During that era Fender blackface amps, covered in black tolex with silver grilles, were everywhere.
This code is made up of two letters. Matt was on the left side of the desk while she pondered. Here is a cool link to a Vintage Fender Amp price history chart that tracks sales data for specific amp models by the month. I think youre way more immortal than I expected. It is notable for its construction which was unique to this early model Bassman Would you like help dating your vintage Fender amplifier? It was also the first to have two speakers. Kymberly, their incredibly high-maintenance daughter whose birth had forever altered by the number of blond hair framed a dainty, pixie-like charm.
But of course the biggest sellers would always be the lower priced models, the MustangDuo-SonicMusicmaster and Bronco You could argue that it was the Stratocaster weilding Jimi Hendrix that was the biggest advertisement for Fender guitars; after seeing, and hearing one in the hands of Jimi, a lot of guitarists, including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton swapped to a strat!
There was just an article in Vintage Gutar about dating Fender amps. I A Pro Amp. The finish is very clean, with only some very slight playwear. If he moved, turning us so that he ought to have me best type of photos for online dating for him, ignoring Josss sarcasm. InFender removed the "Tail" from the logo. Fender used nitrocellulose lacquer for all finishes.
Film thickness was very thin, especially in the 's. From the beginning, Fender would hammer nails into the face of the guitar body before painting, under the pickguard areas. Then the body was painted on a "lazy susan". First the face of the guitar was painted.
Then the body was flipped over onto the nails which suspended the freshed painted body faceand the back and sides of the body were painted. The nails were then used to suspend the body while the paint fully dried. After all the paint was sprayed, the nails were removed. Hence all original pre-CBS Fender bodies will have "nail holes" with no paint in them! There should be three or four nail holes under the pickguard, control plate or bridge plate on every original finish solidbody pre Fender instrument.
Interestingly, Tele nail holes were moved in the early s, but are still present. Again, see here for more details. One nail hole near the neck pocket on a May Fender Stratocaster.
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Note the "shadow" lack of red created by the nail, as the red was originally sprayed on the body! Fender started using Alder instead of Ash as the main body wood for all models that were not finished in Blond which means the Telecaster stayed Ash. They did this because it was easier to paint Alder it required less paint steps. All Alder bodies were dipped in a yellow stain, which was the first step in the sunbursting paint process sunburst was Fender's primary color on Alder bodies, hence all Alder bodies were prepped this way, regardless of what color they were actually painted.
This Strat has a neck date of Decemberand still has the "nail holes" under the pickguard. The nails holes were pretty much gone by fall of The position of the nail holes was moved on the Telecaster only. Then were now inside the cavity routes, like in the truss rod rod or neck pocket route, inside the control cavity route, and inside the bridge pickup route. Fender now bolted a "stick" inside the body's neck pocket to the two bass side neck screw holes prior to painting.
The stick allowed the body to be easily held by the painter while spraying paint and drying. This left a visible paint stick shadow inside the neck pocket. Fender used this technique into the s. The nails were still used, but now only for the drying process and were no longer needed during painting. Still, the "nail holes" will be present with no paint in them!
Fender changed how they sprayed a sunburst finish. In early and before, the yellow part of the sunburst was stained into the wood. This meant Fender only had to spray two colors red and brown instead of three. But in mid, Fender changed to spraying the yellow portion of the sunburst finish.
This made the finish less transparent, and allowed Fender to use Alder body wood with minor defects such as mineral stains. The and later sunburst finish colors didn't blend together as nice and don't show much wood grain, and hence are sometimes called a "target 'burst". Also by the fall ofFender no longer hammered nails into the body prior to painting.
They instead used the paint stick to suspend the body while drying. Fender used a "thick skin" polyester finish. Later "thick skin" finishes got really thick in the 's, resembling a bowling ball. But all polyester finishes are very thick and glossy compared to the early lacquer finishes. Fender also made available Custom Color finishes. A Jaquar in the rare, top-of-the line molded form-fit case.
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Fender Cases Note that the following case descriptions concerns mostly U. Fenders distributed in other countries were often shipped without cases. Canada and Europe are perfect examples of this. Until the mid 's, most Canadian imported Fenders were sold with a Canadian case. The interior material of these cases generally will match the descriptions below, but the exteriors will not.
The exterior of these cases in the 's didn't have any material on them they were just a brown formicaand didn't have any interior pocket system. The s Fender gig bag, an alternative to the more expensive rectangle hard shell tweed case. Tweed, brown tolex, white tolex. From to Fender used a guitar-shaped hard case for the Tele and Pbass nicknamed the "thermometer" case, due to it's unique thermometer shape.
This case had a brown covering with a brown plush lining. The case had a bulb shape at the peghead. Also available from to the early 's, was a Fender gig bag case. These cases are soft, foldable bags, and are brown in color. If you couldn't afford a hard case, this was the alternative. From mid to mid, this case changed to the "poodle" case. Still shaped like a guitar, the poodle case had one flat side that did not follow the contours of the guitar this was the side of the case that rested on the ground when the case was set down by the handle.
Though this case looks similar for both the Telecaster and Stratocaster, it was not a Strat won't fit into a Tele poodle case. The interior was a bright red plush shag. Click here for a picture of the early "thermometer" and "poodle" style Telecaster cases. In mid, Fender dropped the guitar shaped case in favor of a rectangle shaped case. The first generation rectangle case used in was called the "center pocket tweed" case. The interior center pocket not only allowed cord and pick storage, but also supported the neck of the guitar.
These cases were covered in lacquer-coated tweed and had a bright red plush shag lining. From to earlythe next generation of rectangle case was the "side pocket tweed" case. The same lacquer-coated tweed outside and bright red shag plush lining was used, but the interior pick pocket was moved to the side next to the neck. They also had an interior tag proclaiming the case as a "Koylon" brand case.
These cases also had exterior brown leather ends. In onlythese cases also had an exterior "Fender" logo thick foil sticker which fell off From to mid, the case stayed the same except now the interior was a much shorter burnt orange plush. Also the "Koylon" interior tag is gone. The exterior thick foil sticker is now no longer used. From mid to the exterior of the Fender case changed.
A new material called "Tolex" was now used, in a coffee-with-cream type brown color. Tolex is a rough rubber-like compound that was much more durable than tweed. Brown leather ends stayed the same.
The interior burnt-orange plush used from stayed until about when the interior of the cases changed to a dark orange plush. Also around the center manual latch changed positions from under the case handle, to just outside of the case handle the latch's postion could hurt your knuckles when carrying the case.
Click here for a picture of the early square style Fender cases from mid to This picture includes the "center pocket" tweed case, the "side pocket Koylon" tweed case, the "side pocket burnt orange" tweed case, and the style "brown" case with the dark orange interior. The only case missing from this photo is the to style "brown" case with the lighter colored burnt orange interior.
In to earlythe exterior again changed on Fender cases. Now white tolex with black leather ends was the standard.
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The interior stayed the same dark orange plush. In earlyFender moved to a black tolex case with the same dark orange interior. This type of case was basically used till the end of the 's, with some minor changes mostly the exterior logo. Early to cases have no exterior "Fender" logo. This logo had two black plastic rivets holding the logo to the case exterior. There was no "tail" under the "Fender" logo.
Still used the black tolex case, but now the case exterior has a plastic Fender logo with a "tail" under the "Fender". The logo on the black tolex case changes to have no "tail" and a small "R". Also the white piping around the leather case ends becomes more pronouced. Mid to late s: The logo on the black tolex case changed yet again.
Also the interior of the case got more padding. When Fender started making reissues inthey also reissued the tweed case. But now the exterior tweed was considerably "hairer", and was not lacquered. Also the interior was not a short dark orange plush, but was now a long, light colored orange shag. Also available starting around to about was a brown molded form-fit case. This case was basically rectangle, but with very rounded corners.
This case looks similar to the black molded Fender cases of the 's, except this case is brown, thicker, a little shorter in length, and the interior is not blue.
This case was primarily available for the Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars. The case included with these Fender guitars was a Jennings case, which was similar in dimensions to a California rectangle Fender case, but not as stylish. For example, the Jennings case had no leather ends, and were covered in thin brown vinyl tweed with dark pressed metal corners. The interior was a plush deep wine color, with no lid to the interior "glove compartment". The handle was a smooth plastic-leather over metal.
BySelmer also became a Fender importer. And later, Arbiter also became a Fender distributor in the U. The exterior case logos used through the years.
The top logo was used on rectangle Fender tweed cases from about to early No case logos were used from to The next four plastic case logos were used from to the s: Thrid logo from top used in to "tail". Fourth logo from the top with no tail and small "R" above the big "r" was used from The bottom most plastic logo with "Made in U.
Serial numbers compiled from several sources including myself, Gruhn, and Duchossoir. That is, there's lots of overlap between years. Basically there was a big bin of serial number plates, and the installers grabbed one, and screwed it to the guitar. They weren't managing the numbers in any way. The point is, don't read too much into Fender serial numbers.
Pre Fender guitars have a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate. Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap amoung years. Fender serial numbers were assigned like this: