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Dating a fender vibrolux

“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part III,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., March 1999, pp 122 – 127.

Possible culprits include the preamp tubes, the power tubes, the hum balance resistors, and the power supply caps.

However it’s unlikely that the transformer found its way immediately into production, so it’s a pretty sure bet that the a 1975.

It could be that another transformer reads 606602 which would make that component a 1976 make, thus the earliest the amp could be is a 1976.

Hi Jeff, I was just reading some of your responses about Jonny Lang’s Deluxe Reverb amps. I have a 1965 Deluxe Reverb and am trying to figure out if it has a Utah or some other kind of speaker. I also have one of the newer Fender Pro Reverb amps with an effects loop and a silverface Twin Reverb with a volume control. Steve Goldner San Diego Hi Steve, Thanks for your questions. Figuring out which manufacturer’s speaker is in your amp shouldn’t pose a problem unless it’s some aftermarket mystery speaker with no markings.

I was thinking of trying a Celestion Gold 50, but I usually only play in my bedroom, and I don't want to increase the amp’s volume. Both amps produce very loud hum whether or not a guitar is plugged in. Or is there some other possible cause you can point me to? Most factory speakers in Fender amplifiers have what is known as an EIA code that specifies their manufacturer.

It is stamped into the chrome chassis with a white letter “C” (for Champ) and the serial number, also in white.

As you can see from the photo below, the serial number of my amp is C 09556.

Another method of dating a tweed Fender Champ is by serial number.