Dating fender tube amps by serial number part 5
Fender ceased production of 5B6 Bassman amplifiers during the spring of 1954.During November 1954, Fender introduced the newly designed 5D6 Bassman amplifier offering four ten inch speakers and was designed utilizing two rectifier tubes.(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.Initially intended to amplify bass guitars, the 5B6 Bassman was used by musicians for other instrument amplification, including the electric guitar, harmonica, and pedal steel guitars.Besides being a popular and important amplifier in its own right, the Bassman also became the foundation on which Marshall and other companies built their high-gain tube amplifiers.If the number you have (A59871) is the code, then I'd agree it may be a '71, or some of the information I read could also say that it was built in the 17th week of '89 (if you read it backwards for amp models built after the '70s). hank By entering this site you declare you read and agreed to its Terms, Rules & Privacy and you understand that your use of the site's content is made at your own risk and responsibility.That's the best I can come up with, right now, but I have a few other sources I'll ask, too. I did alot of reserch on the net also and the other night I found a site that said, Check the numbers on the transformer.
Non-Schumacher transformers – It’s been universally accepted that Fender only used Schumacher transformers on amps made in the 1960s and 1970s.These are marked with EIA code “606” which is the company number for Schumacher.Well, this universal “truth” was debunked when we found a bunch of amps with transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company. Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days. Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas?