Dating fender musicmaster bass
It’s unknown if the tweed covering was a mistake (“Oops, I thought this was a 4x10 Bassman cabinet that I was covering”) or intentional, perhaps as a special order.
They actually held clipboards and stopwatches to measure how long it took for me to attach various parts.One has to wonder where all those factory original export back panels are! Another interesting tidbit is that a lot of Fenders were imported into Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s that were stock 110-volt (domestic US) units.The Australian Fender Distributor then installed 240V - 110V stepdown transformers in the bottom of the cabinets.There is some debate about how to interpret the production code information on late ‘50s to mid-1967 tube charts and Greg Huntington is still working with those.One thing we know for sure is that production codes can help date an amp to a particular month within a given model run.I think in the corners of the boxes were older pots remaining from earlier dates... Like I said, there were 5 or 6 of us at the benches every day.leftovers.” Regarding production he recounted the following information: “I think I remember being 'pushed' to come up with 30 of the simpler chassis (Super Reverb? But it wasn't always 'cool guitar' amps, sometimes I was making Fender Rhodes Satellite amps on bent aluminum, sometimes only Champs.Since the new owner would have likely removed this tag immediately upon arriving home, I’m amazed that the one in the photo has remained intact since mid-1968!Along with dating amps by serial numbers, we were interested in determining production totals, if possible.He recalled, “We just went to a big bin every morning and loaded our wheeled rack with a batch of whatever chassis we were working on that day.The boss came around and said what we'd be building. Probably the same as the pots and transformers that we just dug out of the boxes.