Dating fender cts speakers
From 1968 until its discontinuation in 1982, the Super Reverb had "silverface" cosmetics and circuitry.
Early models in 1968, while cosmetically "silverface", did contain "blackface" circuitry.
The amps are known for their characteristically clean tone.
The Twin has seen a number of revisions since its introduction, both internal and external, with its designs sometimes varying greatly from one year to the next.
In his spare time he collects cool vintage guitars, basses, and amps.
I knew he had a Super Reverb repro sitting there, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do a little A/B comparison.
After the preceding looks of the early 50's (TV front from 1950 to 51/2; wide panel '52–54), Leo Fender changed the cabinet design again, this time opting for no extra wood on the front of the amp, except for the narrow top and bottom panels that hold the baffle board to the cabinet.
The early models of the larger "narrow-panel" tweeds are also remarkable for their refined electronics whose circuit design incorporated dual 5U4 rectifiers in the Twin and Bassman models, another improvement given Fender's quest for a louder, cleaner amplifier.
I’ve been hearing from amp and cabinet builders out there how amazing these diminutive little transducers are in 4x10 cabinets and combos, and I wanted to thoroughly investigate the claims.
I know, this is kind of like Sampson going up against Goliath, but you all remember how that story ended, right?? For this test I went to my buddy Todd Tillemans, who owns Anything Audio in the Nashville area.
Todd makes his living installing sound systems, refurbishing and re-coning vintage Tannoy monitors, and well, doing anything related to audio.
Dating Fender Tube Amps by Serial Number, Part I by Greg Gagliano Copyright 1997, 20th Century Guitar Magazine. Well, we'll get to good parts, but first a little background information is in order.
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.