Dating fender cts speakers
Dating Fender Tube Amps by Serial Number, Part I by Greg Gagliano Copyright 1997, 20th Century Guitar Magazine. Well, we'll get to good parts, but first a little background information is in order.After reading Teagle and Sprung's excellent Fender amp book, I took them up on their challenge that maybe someday someone will compile enough serial numbers so that Fender amps can be dated that way. I contacted several Fenders collectors and dealers who were kind enough to supply me with data.In his spare time he collects cool vintage guitars, basses, and amps.I knew he had a Super Reverb repro sitting there, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do a little A/B comparison.Todd and I had already compared the repro Super to my ’67 model, and we came to an agreement that the original sounded a lot bigger and warmer on the bottom end and had a much smoother top end, while also offering a larger and more open soundstage.Since the repro’s circuitry is in fact nearly an exact copy of the originals (aside from the PC board construction, of course), we felt fairly certain that the speakers were largely responsible for the tonal difference.The entire line of Fender amplifiers from 1955 to 1959 (later for smaller models and Bassman) was uniform in this look—tweed or "airline linen" covering with a maroon with gold stripe woven saran grill cloth.
I’ve been hearing from amp and cabinet builders out there how amazing these diminutive little transducers are in 4x10 cabinets and combos, and I wanted to thoroughly investigate the claims.
The fourth digit is the year (a second digit was added here later to help distinguish between 50′s, 60′s and 70′s), and the final two correspond to the week.
So looking at the photo of the speaker on my tweed Fender Champ we see a code of 465-909 (we’ll cover the 8EV-29 code in a later post).
Several variations on the amp's original design have been produced through the years, including the Twin Reverb, the Super Twin, the Twin Reverb II, and the Twin Reverb '65 Reissue.
The Cyber Twin, which combined a tube amp with a computerized processor, was introduced in January 2001.