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    How do I determine when my Deluxe Reverb was manufactiured

    My silverface deluxe reverb has both a ch2 volume push pull and an internsity knob push pull.

    How do I determine how old the amp is , ie what date was it manufactured ?

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    Volume pull boost? Available between 77-81. I'm going to guess the Fender logo has a small "Made In USA" underneath? For the Intensity pull knob, see Mr. P Bass's response to your other thread.

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    Look at date codes on the transformers, pots, and other larger parts.

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    My Silverface twin reverb has a number stamped in the rear plate of the chassis.
    Use this site : http://www.superiormusic.com/page195.htm to date the chassis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strato56 View Post
    My Silverface twin reverb has a number stamped in the rear plate of the chassis.
    Use this site : http://www.superiormusic.com/page195.htm to date the chassis.
    Also inside the power supply 'doghouse', you'll find date codes on those large electrolytic caps. On some removed Mallory parts from that area, I read 7937D and 8038A. This translates to 1979, 37th week of the year, and 1980, 38th week of the year. The Japanese caps and/or Illiinois caps generally won't have date codes, but the earlier US vendor caps do.

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    The stamp on back of chassis is A995206 which makes it 1979 according to the superiormusic link meantioned above by Strato56

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevetslab View Post
    Also inside the power supply 'doghouse', you'll find date codes on those large electrolytic caps. On some removed Mallory parts from that area, I read 7937D and 8038A. This translates to 1979, 37th week of the year, and 1980, 38th week of the year. The Japanese caps and/or Illiinois caps generally won't have date codes, but the earlier US vendor caps do.
    I usually use the transformers/chokes, as I don't have to remove anything. Since the date codes are basically standard across all manufacturers, I don't have to cross reference anything, unless I come across a manufacturer code I don't recognize. Vintage caps are good for this as well.

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    Unfortunately capacitors and potentiometers are bought in bulk...in advance...of production schedules, so those code-dates only indicate that the final product was built/assembled sometime AFTER those code-dates...which could be anything from a week to years later (CBS/Fender was still using pre-1965 components almost into 1970). The on-chassis stamp-code dates are most accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Tele man View Post
    Unfortunately capacitors and potentiometers are bought in bulk...in advance...of production schedules, so those code-dates only indicate that the final product was built/assembled sometime AFTER those code-dates...which could be anything from a week to years later (CBS/Fender was still using pre-1965 components almost into 1970). The on-chassis stamp-code dates are most accurate.
    This is not the case with transformers, however. If you look at the codes on the power transformers, output transformers, chokes, and reverb transformers, they are often within a couple of weeks to a maybe a couple of months of manufacture from each other. With the amount of models sharing the same part numbers, you would never see that kind of consistency if they held onto that kind of stock (transformers, and other magnetics) for any more than six months or so. In fact, it would make no sense financially for them to do so.

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    ...so those code-dates only indicate that the final product was built/assembled sometime AFTER those code-dates.
    can't argue with that logic

    But, I agree. The on chassis code is most accurate if you were going to look it up.

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    Just my personal view, of course, but to me the age is one of those things amp fans and new owners dwell upon. Amp fans are what I call guys who can tell you what month the knobs changed from 25 grooves to 26 grooves around the center post, that sort of thing. What year they used 5-0-5 knobs on EQ. And if they need to know day and month, more power to them. But the average Joe who asks how can he tell the age of his amp, averaging all the date codes he can spot in there is close enough.

    Condition means way more than age.

    In my view...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    Amp fans are what I call guys who can tell you what month the knobs changed from 25 grooves to 26 grooves around the center post, that sort of thing.
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    dude, that is so true.

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    Don't get me wrong. I get it and I'm not being critical. There are collectors and a collector market out there. But, for me, an amp is simply a tool.

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