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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / When did the drip edge and silverface amps start?

kart24
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Vacaville CA

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Feb 19th, 2016 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a I have a '67 Dual Showman head dated QD. It is a blackface with no drip edge. I thought the silverface amps were considered '68 model year amps. Did the drip feature start with the '68 silverface models?

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Feb 19th, 2016 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The SF models started production in 67 but were considered to be 68 models they had the aluminum drip edge till about mid 69.

(This message was last edited by roadhog96 at 07:24 PM, Feb 19th, 2016)

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Feb 19th, 2016 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Drip edge Fenders began production in mid/late '67. The first examples had blackface electronics which were not changed until early/mid '68.

The date stamp you noted would not have been possible as the letter O was used for 1966 and P for 1967. You may have a 1966 amp with a smudged date stamp that is actually the letter O. The character D indicated April production which would be correct for a blackface Dual Showman head produced in '66 or '67.

If you remove the chassis from the cabinet there should be a date stamp on the inside near the power transformer right behind the power tube sockets. If you provide the manufacturer codes from the amps transformers this could help nail it down too but it is not unusual to find transformers that are 1-2 years older that actual production in a Showman. Fender bought these in large numbers and didn't rotate stock very well.

Hope this helps.

kart24
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Feb 19th, 2016 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmm....It's clearly a QD. The paper label also shows production # 34A. I also have a "Single" Showman stamped OE with a production #3. The labels are very clear and easy to read.

kart24
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Feb 19th, 2016 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The chassis stamped numbers are:

A02812 for the "OE" stamped single showman

A09725 for the "QD" stamped "Dual" Showman

SS2

Alexandria, Virginia

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Feb 19th, 2016 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond, I think you're a year off on the first letter designation. 67's were Q and O was 1965... then add to the confusion were the 'green stamps' which were stamped OA with green ink that somehow got used on some early 66's. Story on that one was somebody forgot to roll the date stamp year code over on the stamp. I've seen a number of those. Not common but they're out there. Also seen a (very) few SF amps with date codes on the tube chart, they had Q yr dates.

My 64 BFSR has a NA tube chart stamp... A00929

slider313

NC

Feb 19th, 2016 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Silverface amps were produced in small numbers in the spring of 1967 to be shown at summer NAMM. This was supposed to be the "new look" for 1968 but Fender took, and filled, orders earlier. Some early '67 silverface amps do have stamped tube charts and "Q" was the last letter used to denote 1967.

(This message was last edited by slider313 at 10:10 PM, Feb 19th, 2016)

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