Heres a quick way to date Fender amps ('60-82). View the underside of
the chassis (flashlight helps alot)look for the reverb driver trans.
Its in the middle of the 6 preamp tubes with the removable shields.
You'll find 2 rows of numbers, top set is the Fender part #, always
starts with a 022, in this case it would be 022921. The bottom set is
the date code. Works as follows, they have 6 numbers, first three is
the EIA manufacturer, ignore this. The last three tell you the year
and week. Example-606423. For a black face, this transformer would
have been made in 1964 during the 23 week (---423) The trick to this
is they don't renumber the decades. A silverface made on the 23rd
week of 1974 will have the same date code. The only good thing about
dating amps this way is Fender never deviated-still valid today. I
use this before buying a amp always-check all four transformers-will
tell you if there has been problems along the way. Very rare to find
different year trans. in any Fender products.
Why? Because I want to know what year it was made. End of story.
Being able to spell correctly makes a difference though!
A typo, my friend, but thanks for pointing it out. By the way, I wasn't attempting to denigrate your choice of amplifier, and I most certainly didn't mean to ruffle any feathers regarding your vintage amp...
den-i-grate - 1. To deny the validity or importance of: DISPARAGE
I concern myself with tube amps mainly, and that number would place a FEnder tube amp as a 1982.
Just past halfway down..... The F serial numbers are 198_ numbers with the first digit indicating the year in that decade. http://www.superchamp.dk/papers/dati..._tube_amps.htm
I believe the serial number scheme is valid for solid state amps such as the Stage lead as well.
AS TPrior says, the books say that that amp was intorduced in the 1983 brochure. I am going to think that that amp was built in late 1982 with a 'formal' introduction in the '83 catalogue.
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