Dating blackface amps
The following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.
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Also, the non-reverb models cost a lot less than the reverb amps.
Plus, unlike the Reverb models, the non-reverb Princeton amp offers a significant amount of clean headroom.
The Princeton Reverb, on the other hand, has an extra 12AX7 preamp tube which gives it a more overdriven sound when the volume is pushed.
Built like a proverbial tank, these 50-plus-year-old amps will be rocking way into the future.
Some players even fondly refer to their Deluxe Reverb as their “desert island” amp. Mic’d, they can be used on large stages and even fare well in outdoor concerts.
Still, with this amp, you get a lot of oomph and versatility in a compact and relatively light package.
Electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stamped with a date code, which indicates the manufacturer and the manufacturing date.
The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.
Tech Specs: Once again, Fender issued three distinct variants of the Princeton amp during the Blackface era: the transitional “tuxedo” model, as well as reverb and non-reverb models in the new “Princeton” style.