Dating fender champ amps
If possible, open up the chassis and check a few of the pots’ and capacitors’ manufacturer codes.
Remember, many components could have been changed over the years, speakers blow, caps dry out, transformers melt down, and pots wear out.
Remember, your amp is newer than the newest component.
For example, if you find pots from late ‘64 and transformers from early ’65, you can be pretty sure your amp is a 1965.
The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.
So if you find pots from late 68 and transformers from early 69 you can be pretty sure your amp is a 1969.
Serial Number: There is no information readily available for dating Fender amps by serial number but there are people working on it. Circuit Code: In 1963 Fender stoped using model numbers to identify schematics and began using the model name and an assigned circuit number.
The fist Master volume controls were first installed in 72.
The raised “Fender” grille logo lost its tail around 76.