Cam 2cam now - Dating your fender

I wish I could say that I figured all this out on my own.While doing research on Fender amps in general, and the Champ in particular, I came across the most amazing series of articles by Greg Gagliano on the subject. If you have any interest in vintage Fender tube amps, without question you’ve got to read them all.

At some point in time the 'T' was changed from a backwards 'F' look to a normal looking 'T'.

The 1986 catalog pics show the new Tokai logo, need to determine if this happened earlier than 1986.

See our amp section – We share information gathered through decades of playing and servicing Fender tube amps.

We discuss how to turn it into a tone machine for your specific needs.

As you can see from the photo below, the serial number of my amp is C 09556.

Looking at the chart below we can see that there was a pretty consistent numbering scheme for the vintage tweed Fender Champs.

What do professional artists and techs do to their amps to get that killer Fender tone?

We’ll teach you how to make a small amp bigger, a big amp smaller, make a dirty amp clean or to make it growl without any effect pedals.

“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part II,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., November 1997, pp 46 – 48.

“Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number, Part III,” 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Gagliano, G., March 1999, pp 122 – 127.

It’s all about breakup, sag, sustain, compression and harmonics in speakers, tubes, transformers and capacitors.

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