Amp dating fender
The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument would be to remove the neck and check the butt end of the heel of the neck for a production date, which may be stamped or written there.(If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area).Please note the introduction of the "S" prefix serial numbers.The "S", stood for decade of the 1970s, and began CBS' attempt to use serial numbers to identify the year of production for the piece.See our amp section – We share information gathered through decades of playing and servicing Fender tube amps.We discuss how to turn it into a tone machine for your specific needs.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
The "E", stood for the decade of the 1980s and was, as shown below, introduced in 1979. "V" prefix serial numbered instruments, is to remove the neck, and check the butt end of the heel of the neck for a production date, which may be stamped or written there.
As you can see by the overlaps of numbers and years, the reference to the actual production date is rather loose. The numbers and decals are produced far in advance, and apparently, some N9 decals, (which were supposed to be used in 1999), were affixed to some instruments in 1990.
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