Dating a fender amp bt serial number
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From July of 1969 until September of 1992 the date code system included a letter of the alphabet in the serial number.
The following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.
In a BF Vibrolux Reverbs you could have either Jensen, CTS or Oxford, the BF Super Reverbs had Jensen, CTS, Oxford or sometimes JBL, the BF Pro Reverb had Jensen, Oxford or Utah, .
In the silverface era Eminence, Oxford, Utah and Rola were more often used and Jensen was phased out.
The serial number on a Marshall amp is usually located on the back panel of the chassis but some amplifiers made between 19 had the number on the front panel.
From July 1969 to December 1983, the letter denoting the year was put after the serial number.