Dating a fender twin amp
I run a couple of websites making the schematics for these amps easily accessible.
As people download them, I'm hoping they'll respond to my request that they send me their amp's serial number for this project, and many do.
latest updates; small changes to a few amp batches dates, Dec 2015, Feb 2016, July 2016, Sep 2016 small changes to 4 amp batches, Nov 2015 typos found, two edits, thanks Ben H, June 20 info updated, totals unchanged Oct 2014 really nifty table design Aug 2014 small data and totals updates Jan 2014 (info updated In 2002 I acquired a Princeton Reverb II. Fender don't part with that kind of information*, so as part of the website I developed for this amp's care and feeding, I put out a call for serial numbers.
Eventually, I thought, I'll get a rough idea what the highest and lowest s/ns were.
In addition I had automated searches running on e Bay for these 14 amp types - whenever one appeared for sale I would contact the seller, asking for the serial number.
9 out of 10 did - many thanks to them for their trouble and good will.
I would have to collect data for ALL the amp types, just to work out how many were made of mine.
Then I became aware of the amazing work Greg Gagliano had been doing since the 1990s - the summary of his latest results are here - and that his research stopped just before the Rivera-era. However for this range of amps at least, I reckon it's not just a policy of withholding company-confidential information. It's no criticism of Fender to suggest that they were too busy making great amps to keep records just so some amateur can use them thirty years later.