Dating fender tube amps by serial number part 1

Bottom of fingerboard (part glued to maple) is flat.Celluloid "mint green" three layer pickguard, with 11 attachment screws (some1959 transitional models have only 9 or 10 screws).Warning: All tube amplifiers contain lethal voltages.The most dangerous voltages are stored in electrolytic capacitors, even after the amp has been unplugged from the wall.

The format may look like this: 220 637 Here the number 220 designates the speaker as a Jensen, and 637 indicates a production date of the 37th week of 1956 or 1966.

Before you touch anything inside the amp chassis, it’s imperative that these capacitors are discharged.

If you are unsure of this procedure, consult your local amp tech.

1954 Stratocaster : Contoured ash body, two-color (yellow to brown) sunburst finish.

Thin "spaghetti" peghead decal logo, no patent numbers.

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