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Fender often used the same circuit for many years so this is not a very accurate method for amp dating.The code is simple, the first two letters are the revision, where AA is the first revision, AB is the second, etc.Here is a cool link to a Vintage Fender Amp price history chart that tracks sales data for specific amp models by the month.Date Code: Wide panel, narrow panel, brown, blonde, and black face amps have a date code hand-stamped on the tube chart. The first letter translates to the year and the second to the month. Example: FG=July 1956, QA=January 1967, and a reissue CG=July 1992 EIA Source-Date Codes: Electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stampted with a date code indicating who manufactured them and when.Fender installed casters on some larger amps and cabs beginning in 72.
After reading Teagle and Sprung's excellent Fender amp book, I took them up on their challenge that maybe someday someone will compile enough serial numbers so that Fender amps can be dated that way. I contacted several Fenders collectors and dealers who were kind enough to supply me with data.The raised “Fender” grille logo lost its tail around 76.