Fender stopped putting date codes on the tube chart in 1970, so that number is meaningless so far as dating the amp is concerned the other number a24354 you found is a serial number and falls into the serial numbers for a 1970 silverface princeton reverb - a24000 to a25000 = 1970. Fender princeton reverb 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.
Dating fender amps by serial number, part vi by greg gagliano good dating information for silverface amps from the 1970s is still lacking and that’s why there isn’t much new information for amps made from 1972-76 princeton reverb aa1164, b1270 (silverface.
Product registration to assist us in better serving our customers, please take a minute to register your fender products. Fender tube amp codes: 1953-1970 - (look for a 2 letter code stamped on the tube chart inside the back of the amp)- the first letter is the year, and the second letter is the monthan amp stamped na would have been made in jan of 1964 here is a list of the first letter showing the year of manufacture.
Dating fender transformers, speakers & potentiometers using eia codes eia (electronics industry association) source-date codes: 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.
Examples: vibrolux reverb with serial number a756154 (a7 = 1977), princeton reverb ii with serial number f077698 (f0 = 1980), and super reverb with serial number b10753 (b = 1975 or 1976) note, there is enough data for b-series twin reverbs (and variants) to differentiate between 1975 and 1976.
Trying to date my silverface princeton non reverb i think its sometime early 70's but my chassis serial# falls outside of any i can find the chassis is stamped a18413.
How the hand stamped date code works the code on the tube chart of your fender amp is made up of two letters the first letter equates to the year and the second letter to the month. How to date vintage fender amps dating fender amps 1951-1967 – tube chart on the inside of the amp is stamped with two letters (a – q): the first letter designates the year and the second letter designates the month princeton reverb aa1164: oxford 10j4, 10l5 jensen c10r, c10n. The princeton reverb is the smallest blackface/silverface fender amp with both tremolo and reverb with a 10 inch speaker run by a 12-15w dual 6v6 amp, it delivers a true “american” fender tone with punchy, responsive lows together with chimey highs. The princeton reverb is identical to the regular princeton circuit except for two key additions one, of course, is the reverb unit the other is an additional gain stage that follows the reverb — utilizing a 12ax7— that pushes the amp to heavier saturation when played at breakup volume.