Dating fender amp serial number
These were easily the most powerful amplifiers commercially produced back then.
They all had the classic features we're familiar with now: heavy steel chassis, chromed control plates, and heavy pine cases covered with tweed fabric.
They are all very rare today and few have survived.
The first amplifiers made in-house by Fender is the Woodie series, built in 1946 through 1948.
Combined with what we saw with dating a tweed Fender Champ by the tube chart and speaker code, I’m feeling pretty good that all of the various dating methods point to early 1959 for my amp.
I wish I could say that I figured all this out on my own.
It seems as if everyone has used them at some point, including Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Strokes, Radiohead and White Stripes, to name but a few.
Another method of dating a tweed Fender Champ is by serial number.
On my 1959 tweed Champ amplifier, the serial number is located right in front of the fuse cap.
It is stamped into the chrome chassis with a white letter “C” (for Champ) and the serial number, also in white.
As you can see from the photo below, the serial number of my amp is C 09556.