updating database with dataset - Dating fender tweed cases

Since several models can share one chassis type (for example, the early brown 5G7 Bandmaster, 5G5 Pro and 5G12 Concert), this kind of interpretation is inaccurate.

Instead, there were approximately 2000 of these chasses produced, which then ended up as one of the three models in question.

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The basic Fender Telecaster wasn’t altered as radically, but was given the new headstock logo.

Numerous spin-off models of the Tele were created, though, some of which had the infamous three-bolt neck attachment.

For example, EIA 606-4-21 would denote the 21st week of 1964.

It is also advisable to add about 6 months to the date to allow for time these parts may have spent in inventory storage.

In the table below, for example, a “CE” date code indicates a production date of May 1992.

On the inside of the cabinets of most Fender amps made after 1950 and before 1970, there might be a “tube location” sticker.Since being purchased by CBS in 1965, Fender had radically modified the Stratocaster and Telecaster models on which its existence was essentially based.The Strat’s larger headstock, its “television-friendly logo” in large block letters, and especially the three-bolt “micro-tilt” neck, didn’t sit well with fans.These numbers always begin with “EIA 606,” and are followed by three or four digits in various combinations.If three digits are present, the first digit refers to the year (i.e., a “7” would mean 1967).Other things to look for include chasses placed in cabinets from a different year, “doctored” tube charts, non-original control plates (usually reproductions) on silverface amps, original transformer bell ends (they have correct date codes, of course) on non-original transformers, and non-original knobs (either repro or silverface knobs on blackface amps).unusual things can be found such as the empty “Pulse Adjust” hole on the rear of early ’60 brown amps, the “middle” volume control, use of tweed style grill cloth, strange non-documented transitional circuits, and changes in tolex color including the super-rare cream colored “brown” tolex that is found on some late ’60 amps. Given that people may refer to this information seeking specific production quantities of amps they are curious about, it should be pointed out that the serial numbers apply to chassis types, and not specifically to amplifier models.

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