Dating fender guitar
Note the check boxes for DOM (domestic US model), EXP (export model), CSA (Canada model), STD (standard) and SPEC (special).I have to wonder how often Fender used the SPEC check box and what features a “special” amp or cabinet would have?!Mid-1968 Super Reverb export model modified by Hagstrm for the Swedish market.Note the removal of the voltage selector switch and hard-wiring. I just discovered that the silverface Bandmaster speaker cabinet (the big, tall one without tilt-back legs) is ported (see photo). I guess this is what the 1969 catalog refers to as “large, individual specially designed baffles.” And all along I thought the big n’ tall silverface cabs were just a macho thing to compete against the awesome looks of a Marshall half stack or full stack.Not only that, but to meet Swedish safety codes, Hagstrm removed the external voltage selector switch (fitted to all blackface and silverface export models) and hardwired it internally (see photos).Notice that the original Fender back panel was removed and replaced with a Hagstrm panel.He recalled, “We just went to a big bin every morning and loaded our wheeled rack with a batch of whatever chassis we were working on that day.
Along with dating amps by serial numbers, we were interested in determining production totals, if possible.
Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.
Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas?
I remember two 'suits' from upstairs standing behind me occasionally doing time studies.
They actually held clipboards and stopwatches to measure how long it took for me to attach various parts.
I think in the corners of the boxes were older pots remaining from earlier dates... Like I said, there were 5 or 6 of us at the benches every day.