Dating cts speakers
The 1990s saw the rebirth of small business (big aspiration) guitar amp builders—all to ensure that everyone from the touring artist, to the bedroom guitarist, to the wealthy lawyer have the best possible tone.We’ve hand-picked the following list of guitar amp builders for their tonal superiority, allowing you to discover a new amplifier for your rig.
Usually single digit date codes are from the 1940's, but have on occasion shown up in later decades, even up to the 1970's.This list is circa 1955, and some codes have been reassigned or added since that time.Code formats were not completely standardized, but a little deciphering will generally yield the info of interest.Dating Fender Tube Amps by Serial Number, Part I by Greg Gagliano Copyright 1997, 20th Century Guitar Magazine. Well, we'll get to good parts, but first a little background information is in order.After reading Teagle and Sprung's excellent Fender amp book, I took them up on their challenge that maybe someday someone will compile enough serial numbers so that Fender amps can be dated that way. I contacted several Fenders collectors and dealers who were kind enough to supply me with data.It has a note at the top of the page that they were reprinting with permission from the authors of Ampeg: The Story Behind the Sound, ©1999, published by Hal Leonard.
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His particular area of expertise is in Fender amps made from about 1960 through 1967.
Devin runs Doc's Music in Springfield, Missouri and his interest lies in the woodie and tweed Fender amps made from 1946 through 1960.
Even at we struggle with keeping a correct amp and speaker model overview.
There are also exceptions to the rules where Fender delivered non-standard speakers in special orders, Christmas campaigns etc. See our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps for a guide and picture gallery of the known original speakers in the blackface and silverface amps.
We combined all of our information into a computerized database for this project and for the past 18 months have been slowly (sadly, very slowly) gathering information that we collect ourselves as well as from other people. What we need is the following: 1) Model name 2) Model number on the tube chart 3) Date code letters on the tube chart 4) Speaker codes (if speaker is original) 5) Transformer codes (if the amp doesn't have date codes on the tube chart) 6) Cosmetic features (flat/raised logo, tweed/tolex, blackface/silverface, rough/ smooth blond tolex, white/skirted knobs, TV-front/wide-panel, etc.) One very interesting and very important factoid has surfaced regarding the date code letters on the tube chart.