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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.

Their designs served as cornerstones; starting points for generations of amp builders such as Marshall, Mesa Boogie & Dumble to name just a few.

We believe that blackface Fender amplifiers represent a certain perfection.

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.

437 volts); this may have gotten higher after 1971, but into the summer of 1971 I'd expect the plate voltages on 6CA7s to be down substantially from the YBA-1A; have the chassis sliding-in ala Fender.

Last versions have that easily identified rubber and 'chrome' molding running around each end of the head cabinet; mine is from 1971 and is this last version; 1972 models have no choke; [a 1978 is] black with the black plastic fabric and [has] the baby bumper trim, [it has] two 6CA7 and three 12AX7A tubes in it [and] no fuse holder, just a red reset button I put Mullard EL34s in my YBA-1.

I’m really looking forward to your comments, so let me know which songs and amps you would include in this list. Song: Artist: Dick Dale The unmistakable sound of surf guitar was created by Dick Dale’s Fender stratocaster and a Fender Showman amp.

I was asked to write a post for My Rare Guitars.com, so I thought I’d write about some famous songs and amplifiers.

They feature a 'flip-top' design that allowes the top of the head to open like a lid.

Bass-Masters are identical in appearance to the Voice Master/Signature; Middle versions: Solid-state rectifiers started showing up in approximately mid 1966.

You may compare these with your own speakers to determine what you have.