Dating fender super champ

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Although the dates derived using the charts below will likely be a good approximation, they should not be considered exact.

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.

A little light Googling revealed serial numbers for a few other amps in the range - they seemed all mixed up together.

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The Champ had the lowest power output and the simplest circuit for all of the Fender tube amps.

There are some exceptions and some overlap, but the general idea is this: Tweeds (early 50’s to very early 60s), Browns (1960 – 1962), Blondes (1962 – 1963), Blackface (1963 – 1967), and Silverface (1967 – 1981).

Up until the end of the blackface era (1967), all amps left the factory with a tube chart that had a two letter date code stamped on it.

If your tweed champ is stamped HH, it was made in 1958/August.

A – 1951 A – January B – 1952 B – February C – 1953 C – March D – 1954 D – April E – 1955 E – May F – 1956 F – June G – 1957 G – July H – 1958 H – August I – 1959 I – September J – 1960 J – October K – 1961 K – November L – 1962 L – December M – 1963 N – 1964 O – 1965 P – 1966 Q – 1967 Another way to get a close estimate of when your amp was made is to read the codes on the transformers.

Subtract one from the other and I'll have a rough-cut figure for how many were made. PRII owners were kind enough to start sending their serial numbers in.

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