This article ates information from research started in and most recently published in The progress of this type of work is slow, hence the long hiatus, however, a lot of new data have been collected regarding Fender amplifiers, including production numbers. Advances have been made with regards to the production of tolex amps and it appears that much of this information can be applied to late s tweed amps as well. In addition, the dating-by-serial number tables have been revised and are more accurate. The bad news is that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the silverface amps. Unfortunately, there is some sad news to report as well.
Could it be the machine also got stuck on A, and ? These have not been observed or reported so the answer remains unknown. Fender had a big transitional year for their amps in But changes took place in as well.
This was the first year for the blonde 6G9 Tremolux. To make things more interesting, there were two versions of the 6G9 6BQ5 circuit.
The earliest version had 12 coupling caps. The best estimate is that about of these were made before the circuit was revised. The revised amp had 14 coupling caps and there may have been upwards of made. Since these amps are so rare, it is impossible to comment on the technical or tonal differences between the two circuits.
Another anomaly was observed in with the 6G6-A Bassman. Rather than waste those 8-ohm output transformers in stock from previous 6G6 production, Fender used them up on the first 6G6-A with 4-ohm speaker cabinets. Yes, Fender went with a deliberate mismatch, not unlike the 3x10 brown Bandmasters that shipped with 8-ohm output transformers. Very few of these were and those who own one of these oddballs can either be happy with the fact that it is a rare amp or be sad that the mismatched impedance means the amp is less efficient.
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And now for an important ate! The following charts are the revised dating tables for Fender tube amps. The revisions were made based on data collected since the tables were initially published.
Some tables changed very little and others changed quite a bit. For some reason, folks are willing to poke their head into tweed, blonde, brown and blackface amps, but not into silverface amps. For now, the dating schemes for these series are:. Finally, these tables are only a guide.
There will be amps with serial numbers that lie outside of the listed ranges. This is no different with published dating tables for vintage Fender guitars and basses. For better or worse, this concept is common to this endeavor. Bandmaster 5C7, 5D7 tweed. Bandmaster 5E7 tweed. S to S - Bandmaster 5G7, 6G7 brown. Bandmaster 6G7, 6G7-A blonde.
Bandmaster AA, AB blackface. A to A - Bandmaster AB, AC silverface. Bassman 5B6 tweed. Bassman 5D6, 5D6-A tweed. Bassman 5E6, 5E6-A tweed. BM to BM - Bassman 5F6, 5F6-A tweed. BP to BP - Bassman 50 silverface. Bronco AB silverface. Champion tweed. Champion 5B1 tweed. Champ 5C1, 5D1 tweed.
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Champ 5E1, 5F1 tweed. C to C - Champ AA blackface.
Champ AA silverface. A to A - Concert 5G12, 6G12, 6GA brown. Concert AA, AB blackface. Model 26 Deluxe woodie. Deluxe 5A3, 5B3 tweed. Deluxe 5C3, 5D3 tweed.
Nov 16, Basically Orange used identical output transformers with the OR and OR80 amps. Because the OR80 only uses 2 output valves though that changes the effective output impedances. With those labelled like yours unless they have been converted the chances are the impedances are actually wrong and you need to bump things down one setting for. Got an email back and they said there is no way to date an Orange amp as specifically as I wanted to (i.e. the fifth one out of the factory), but they said it is a genuine Orange Amp out of the first batch (before they moved production to China). View entire discussion (9 comments) More posts from the Guitar community. The Unofficial Orange Dating Page Orange Graphic - pics and text '70s This is of course of very good way to date your amp. - by parts: several parts in a guitar amp have dates. The most obvious part to have clear date codes are the speakers in combo amps, since they are always made by specialized firms and need to have some kind of.
Deluxe 5E3 tweed. D to D - Deluxe 6G3, 6G3-A brown.
60 WATTS OF ANALOGUE TONE. The Crush Pro Series marks our first foray into the realm of high powered, stage-ready solid state amplifiers. Taking its inspiration from the twin channel circuit in our prestigious Rockerverb series, the Crush Pro range has been . A true British original, Orange amps founded back in the 60's by Cliff Cooper and garnered succes with high profile muscians buying the amps. Things went a bit quiet in the 80's before the company came back in the early 90's and has gone from strength to strength since. Fellow Fender amp researcher, Greg Huntington, passed away June 5, after losing his battle with cancer. Greg kept his illness very private, even from this author. His passing is a great loss to this research team and the Fender amp aficionado community in general.
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