Dating a fender champ
(I’ve also included a few others brands you might encounter as aftermarket installations.) This should help you identify your speaker.You also mentioned that you’re looking for a speaker option that decreases the overall volume of your amp.The most popular amps, like the Deluxe Reverb, were the first to receive the new look, which included not only the silver face-plate and aluminum drip-edge, but also a slightly different grill cloth with added subtle vertical blue stripes.A few models during this early silverface period actually have the new silver face-plate and the old blackface style back-plate, and the earliest silver faceplates have the mysterious slim black vertical lines (more on this later). View the underside of the chassis (flashlight helps alot)look for the reverb driver trans. Newsgroups: rec.music.makers.guitar Organization: The Microsoft Network (msn.com) Lines: 34 Heres a quick way to date Fender amps (’60-82).
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someone said their drip-edge Bassman was a 1968 because “that’s the only year they made drip-edge amps”. And by the way, just in case you don’t know, the term “drip-edge” refers to the aluminum trim surrounding the grill cloth on the earliest silver-face Fender amps (see highlighted drip-edge in the photo above). Are y’all ready to settle this question once and forever? Okay, to be fair, dude WAS partially correct, in as much as that 1968 was the only FULL year of production for the drip-edge models.
However, the first drip-edge models appeared in late August of 1967 as the black-face cosmetics were being replaced by silver-faced amps.
It makes sense that the amps that were not selling as well were the last to receive the new look, as they were the models for which the old black-face parts lasted the longest, and inversely the most popular models were the first to get the update, as their black-face parts ran out the earliest. It means that you may see a drip-edge Deluxe Reverb with a build date as early as mid-1967, and a black-face non-reverb bandmaster or Vibrolux as late as February of 1968. Once again, the most popular models were the first to lose the aluminum trim in mid 1969 and the least popular were the last to lose it in late 1969, with the Bandmaster Reverb (TFL5005D) as the very last.
By January of 1970 all fender amps being produced were the more common non-drip edge silverface models, those cosmetics continued on unchanged through the entire decade. Good, now let’s talk specifically about the earliest of the drip edge amps, the “black line” models.