How old is the Fender Super Reverb I just bought

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  1. comax

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    At first I would like to say hallo to everybody.

    I am not at all an expert guitar player, I just love guitars. I have a 1985 (probably) Fender Stratocaster USA and today I bought a Fender Super Reverb Amp that I was told has been made in 1968.
    Of course I should have checked all before buying, but I trusted the shop owner and anyhow I am doing now a ''reverse'' control.
    On internet I could find many web sites but i was not able to find clear infos regading the way to know production date.
    Could anybody, please, help me in defining the year when my ampli was built?
    I thank you for your kind attention and look forward to receiving a help.
    Best regards

    Max
     
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    Read the numbers on the cover of the transformers
    The middle one will be the year
    Let's have some pics!
     
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    how about pictures?
     
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    Yep, production date codes on transformers, if you pull the chassis there may be an ink stamped date inside, also the pots have date codes on them,
    Parts date codes don't mean the amp was made exactly then but should help put you in the ballpark.

    Also as mentioned if you post some pics folks here can help ID the year.
     
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    keithb7 Friend of Leo's

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    Yes pics will reveal much about this amp. Share the following:
    Chassis SN on rear.
    Speaker date codes
    All numbers on transformers
    If you pull the chassis and take gut shots we can tell you a ton.
    Date codes on back of pots
    Open up dog house take a pic
    Date codes on cathode and B+ caps
    We can then nail it.
     
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    A '68 often has transformers from '67.
    That is generally the quickest and most accurate date info, but of course a transformer could have been changed. If all the transformers have close to the same date code it's pretty reliable.

    A '68 should also have drip edge silver metal trim around the speaker grill.
    A '68 will also say "Super Reverb Amp" on the front panel, where after I think '69 it would say only "Super Reverb".
     
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    Ciao comax ! :)

    Benvenuto ! se ci posti le foto ti facciamo il super resoconto :)

    (i asked hi to post pics too :p)

    have fun !
     
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    Kind of hard to help you without some details and photos of said amp.
     
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    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    Here’s some pics of a ‘73
    This is the front panel from after ‘69 without the “amp”
    IMG_0711.jpg

    Here’s the power transformer or PT
    IMG_0715.jpg

    Here’s the choke
    IMG_0720.jpg

    Here’s the output transformer or OT
    IMG_0718.jpg


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    Really thanks a lot for all your reply!!!
    I am dowloading the pics from my phone and I will post them immediately.
     
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    For reference here’s a ‘69 Twin face plate.
    Black line and the word “amp” indicates pre ‘1970

    Edit, sorry I made a mistake, the panel in the pic i got with no amp so it might be a '68, but I also have a '69 Twin with the word "amp" but no black lines which I'm pretty sure are later than the early '68 but earlier than '70.

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    Hi everybody here attached three pics of the back .
    Back on the right side it is hand written something like R2 and then engraved code nr. A 3375.
    With next post I will submit to your kind attention further pics.
     

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    I will send pics of transformers hoping I don't over load the web site with my pics!!
     

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    I can’t tell much from the back panel pics.
    I just took a pic of my ‘69 front panel text that includes “amp” but does not have the black lines common to a ‘68.
    IMG_0723.jpg

    The black lines on each side of the text indicate the earlier amp, and should be on your ‘68. May seem unimportant but the black line drip edge amps from 68 generally have ‘67 transformers and ‘67 cloth wiring, which increases the value quite a bit compared to a ‘69 or later.
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    - from A27000 to A35000 - 1968 so there you have it it's a 68 :)
    - drip edge is correct
    - no master volume

    You're good:)

    i cant read well the speaker serials, and if you upload the trasnformers pictures we can tell you if they are original to it

    nice catch !!
     
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    Thanks everybody and many thanks telemnemonics for your pics !!!
    Please find attached hereto further pics. Has anybody an idea of the year of construction?
    Thanks a lot in advance for your kind help!!
     

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    more confirmation from the transformer codes :) 1968
     
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    Yup. 1968. Congrats. Caps been serviced? If so, go enjoy it!
     
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    Hi brogh,

    On speakers there is a lable with written on it what follows:
    - first line: 064121;
    - second line: 465-838;
    - third line: 10L6-1.

    In the transformers codes I saw that the second digit is an 8; reading on the web sometimes it is mentioned that an 8 in that position could also mean that the amp has been built not in 68 but in 78. I am glad to realize that you experts have been able to define the date as 1968!!!
     
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