Dating fender bassman silverface
At the Fender factory they used old tube charts when new models came, probably because the tube layout was the same.
Model/Circuit Number: AA165, AB165, AA270, AA371, AA568, AC568, AA864 Years of Production: 1968 – 1983 Era: Silverface Configuration: Head Controls: Silver forward facing w/ blue labels Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10 Faceplate: Comments: Bassman ~ 1968-1971, Bassman 50 ~ 1972-1976, Bassman 70 ~ 1977-1983.
Okay, I know you’re all just dying to skip ahead to the serial number tables but try to contain your excitement and read through the article first.
A 1957 tweed Vibrolux was reported with a tube chart printed with circuit “5E3” (tweed Deluxe) instead of the correct 5F11 (see photo).
These are marked with EIA code “606” which is the company number for Schumacher.
It would be more accurate to say that approx 650 of each of these models were produced in ’60.
Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.
Fender switched back to the blackface era cosmetics some time in 1980.
Bassmans produced between late 19 have a black control panel and silver sparkle grill cloth.