Dating fender tube amps serial number part 1
The spring reverb and tremolo effect will also be pretty much the same on the amps that feature those effects - and they're the standard by which those effects are judged on other amps (and fx pedals.) The most noticeable differences between those amps will be ones which are pretty much obvious when comparing any kind of valve amp, so they remain true with vintage Fender models, as expected: smaller, low-wattage amps will give you a great crunchy tone when they break-up, with the volume cranked up; louder amps will keep cleaner at louder volumes; and amps with bigger speakers will sound fuller than the ones which have smaller speakers.
Vintage amps don't have "Master" only "Volume" controls.
But knowing these definitions may help you to have a ballpark idea of when a vintage fender amp was made: Yes and no.
Sure, vintage Fender amps are part of rock'n'roll history, and for mojo and history alone, they'd be worth investing - if you have the money to spare.
But for the serious, working musician who plays regular gigs or records often, it wouldn't be such a great idea.
) For this reason, sadly (but perhaps wisely...) Fender has chosen not to invest too much on making different new bass amp models.
The good news, though, is that the ones they DO make are very good indeed! These amps are very well-priced, powerful and unbelievably light for their sizes - a triumph of design.