Dating silverface princeton
Electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stamped with a date code, which indicates the manufacturer and the manufacturing date.
The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.
That Music Master Bass amp or Silverface Champ that you could have bought all day for 50 bucks as recently as 2 years ago can run as high as 350-400 on ebay now.
Though, hopefully no one will bid on those that are that high. But, they are still available at killer prices, if for no other reason, there are many of them still available..a silverfaced amp was passed over in the 80's and 90's by someone that HAD to have a tweed or blackfaced one.
Per Blue Book and Fender Consumer Relations Department.
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The Fender Princeton Reverb is a guitar amplifier combo, essentially a Princeton with built-in reverb and vibrato.
The 12 Watt Blackface version was introduced in 1964 and available until 1967, in 1968 it was changed to the Silverface version with a drip edge around the grill cloth.
For example, if you find pots from late ‘64 and transformers from early ’65, you can be pretty sure your amp is a 1965.I recently purchased a 1972 Silverface Champ for 40 bucks.I am not an expert on amps, Fender amps, or Silverface Fender amps. I am merely someone that loves old gear, appreciates Silverface amps, loves to write, and loves history.Amps produced after the end of 1969 saw a change in circuitry, the removal of the drip edge and the rectifier was changed from a 5ar4 to a 5u4gb along with a change in bias resistor value, a "boost" pull switch to the volume control pot was added in 1977.In 19 the Silverface version was cosmetically changed back to the Blackface. Designed by Ed Jahns, it featured a built-in reverb, treble boost and mid boost controls, and a switchable lead (overdrive) effect.