Dating fender tweed amps
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Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.
All Fender amplifiers manufactured from 1990 to the present include a date code, printed on the quality assurance (QA) sticker on the back of the amp chassis.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 following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.A 1957 tweed Vibrolux was reported with a tube chart printed with circuit “5E3” (tweed Deluxe) instead of the correct 5F11 (see photo).Clearly Fender wasn’t afraid to use incorrect parts when they were in a bind. The 5G12 Concert is the earliest version from very late 1959 and early 1960 so the existence of a tweed example, while extremely rare, is certainly plausible since Fender was making lots of tweed amps during the same time period.