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For example, EIA 606-4-21 would denote the 21st week of 1964.
It is also advisable to add about 6 months to the date to allow for time these parts may have spent in inventory storage.
In the table below, for example, a “CE” date code indicates a production date of May 1992.
YEAR MONTH 1990 A January A 1991 B February B 1992 C March C 1993 D April D 1994 E May E 1995 F June F 1996 G July G 1997 H August H 1998 I September I 1999 J October J 2000 K November KDecember LDATING 1951-1969 BLACKFACE, BROWNFACE, BROWN TOLEX, WHITE TOLEX OR TWEED AMPLIFIERS USING THE TUBE STICKEROn the inside of the cabinets of most Fender amps made after 1950 and before 1970, there might be a “tube location” sticker.
They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information on determining the production years of various amplifiers and on Fender history in general.
Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues.
Please note that it’s quite difficult to precisely determine the production date of early Fender amps.
If four digits are present, the first two digits refer to the year (i.e., a “66” would mean 1966).
The last two digits refer to the week of the year (i.e., a “26” would mean the 26th week or, roughly, June).
Tweed refers to the two-tone woven fabric that covered many early amplifiers.
On early amps, this material was varnished to make it a more durable covering.