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Old September 12th, 2011, 02:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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need help determining age of fender amp

Hello

Can someone send me a link to a resource that provides a serial numer/year of manufacture list?

Or tell me when this amp was made.

F219117

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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, a little more info (model name, pix, etc.) would help, but you could always start looking here: http://ampwares.com/faq/how-old-is-m...age-amplifier/




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Old September 12th, 2011, 08:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 09:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old September 12th, 2011, 11:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Not sure the serial will help. It is a Stage Lead that I remember from the Mid 80s. SS.

I dont remember what it sounded like tho.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 11:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Why does the age of a Fender Stage Lead make any differnece?
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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Why does the age of a Fender Stage Lead make any differnece?
Why? Because I want to know what year it was made. End of story.

Being able to spell correctly makes a difference though!
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Look at the power transformer. It'll have an EIA code.

I'd say between 80 and 85 judging by the faceplate.
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Why? Because I want to know what year it was made. End of story.

Being able to spell correctly makes a difference though!
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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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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...

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Old September 12th, 2011, 02:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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According to Fender references, the Single 12 stage lead was only made in 83, 84 and 85. Odd's are they are all exactly the same and may have the exact same dated components from the 83 build.

Stated to have 100 watts output.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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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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is that a tube amp or solid state? I truly don't know I've seen them around just never looked.

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Old September 12th, 2011, 06:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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muzicmaken, I am sorry if I confusued the issue. I editted my post to erase that confusion...this STage Lead is a solid state amp.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 04:25 AM   #15 (permalink)
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No sweat Dan. It's all in good fun. I figured it was typo. If only I could type as well as I can spell!

Yeah, this stage lead sure isn't a collector's item. It takes a lot of time to get a nice tone out of it, and it weighs an effing ton.

But hey, this was free. It was the one that survived a house fire. Somehow it dodged the flames, and only experienced some smoke damage.

Odd though, it still had the hang tag and the speaker grill banner!
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Old September 13th, 2011, 07:14 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Elkhart, did you get any answer to your question?
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