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The first three digits are the manufacturer’s code. The fourth digit is the year of manufacture and the last two numbers will be the week of manufacture.So if the number on your potentiometer is 304728 it is decoded like this: 304 is the Stackpole manufacturer’s number, 7 means 1967 and 28 is the 28 week of 1967.Another method of dating a tweed Fender Champ is by serial number.On my 1959 tweed Champ amplifier, the serial number is located right in front of the fuse cap.Next, (if applicable) look for the date code on the tube chart.If your amp dosen’t have a date code, flip the amp upside-down and check the transformers, and speakers for their manufacturer codes.
This will enable you to figure out the year your amp was made.
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.
If you are unsure if the digit denoting the year is in which decade (1957, 1967, etc.) then try to determine this by the amplifier it is in.
Tweed amps were made from the very early 1950’s through approximately 1960, blonde and brown amps were introduced around 1961 through 1965, blackface amps with black tolex started around 1964 through 1967 and silverface amps took over in 1968.
Later potentiomters used a two digit year code making the number seven digits long.