Dating a fender amplifier
465 designating the Oxford EIA code, 2 designating the year 1962, and 17 designating the 17th week of ’62.Take a look at this ’62 Fender Princeton Amp, and you’ll see that exact speaker, as well as the typical Schumacher transformers (EIA 606) used in Fender amplifiers.Even at we struggle with keeping a correct amp and speaker model overview.There are also exceptions to the rules where Fender delivered non-standard speakers in special orders, Christmas campaigns etc. See our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps for a guide and picture gallery of the known original speakers in the blackface and silverface amps.Our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps explains in detail how you can date your amp by looking at serial numbers, tube charts, transformer codes, speaker codes, Fender logo, etc.Lots of different speakers were used in the blackface and silverface era Fender amps.
On the inside wall of your amp cabinet, there may be a tube location sticker which shows the tube layout, model number, production location etc..
Always remember that pots, speakers and transformers may have been changed!!
Whether it’s a vintage amp or a recent model such as this Fender Pro Reverb, hum can have several causes.
The EIA code will consist of 3 numbers followed by a date code of 3 or 4 numbers designating the year and the week.
To give an example, a typical Oxford speaker from the ’60s will look something like: 465-217.
Here’s a list of brands along with their EIA codes.