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The tube chart date code works like this: the first letter indicates the year and the second letter indicates the month.So if your blackface amp has a date code stamp of OB, it was made in 1965/February.There are some exceptions and some overlap, but the general idea is this: Tweeds (early 50’s to very early 60s), Browns (1960 – 1962), Blondes (1962 – 1963), Blackface (1963 – 1967), and Silverface (1967 – 1981).Up until the end of the blackface era (1967), all amps left the factory with a tube chart that had a two letter date code stamped on it.

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They are all usually within a few months of each other.465 designating the Oxford EIA code, 2 designating the year 1962, and 17 designating the 17th week of ’62.Take a look at this ’62 Fender Princeton Amp, and you’ll see that exact speaker, as well as the typical Schumacher transformers (EIA 606) used in Fender amplifiers.Most post tweed Fenders had trannys manufactured by Schumacher.They used a code like this: 606 – 645 The date is in the last three digits, after the 606 – .After the Old Man misidentifies a Carson City silver dollar, he is cajoled into getting an eye exam.

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