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All of this corresponds to the two letter date code stamped on the tube chart, IC (I for 1959 and C for the third month of the year, March).I’m feeling pretty good that the dates all line up on this amp and I have an amp made in March 1959 with an original Oxford speaker.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.
But did you also know that you can get a good idea of the age of a tweed Fender Champ amplifier by looking at the code stamped on the speaker? The first three correspond to the manufacturer (several manufacturers supplied speakers for Fender amps in the late 1950′s).
The benchmark tone is my beloved ’67 Blackface Super Reverb Amp with its original CTS Alnico speakers.
Going up against the grand old gal is a modern Fender Super Reverb Repro Amp; first with the factory Jensen P10R Alnicotens, and then with a quartet of WGS Veteran 10s.
I turned to the Internet to do some more networking which resulted in a major turn of events as I met two individuals who have become instrumental partners in this project: Greg Huntington and Devin Riebe.
Greg is a long time Fender collector who is very knowledgeable not only in the details, but in the circuitry as well.
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