How to Date a Fender Champ Amp

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    • 1). Power down the amplifier. Disconnect all instrument and audio cables from the amp. Move the amp to a flat work table.

    • 2). Rotate the amplifier so the back side is facing you. Remove the Phillips-head screws securing the amp's back panel in place. Carefully remove the back panel to reveal the inside of the amplifier.

    • 3). Locate the amplifier's tube chart inside the speaker cabinet near the tube assembly. Look for the four- to six-digit serial number printed on the tube chart.

    • 4). Use the following chart to match the serial number to the appropriate manufacturing year:

      5500 to 6600 - 1953
      6600 to 8000 - 1954
      8000 to 9999 - 1955
      C00001 to C00800 - 1955
      C00800 to C03100 - 1956
      C03100 to C06000 - 1957
      C06000 to C08800 - 1958
      C08800 to C12500 - 1959
      C12500 to C15500 - 1960
      C15500 to C16800 - 1961
      C17000 to C19000 - 1962
      C19000 to C21000 - 1963
      C21000 to C23000 - 1964
      A00100 to A02000 - 1964
      A01900 to A05200 - 1965
      A05200 to A12000 - 1966
      A12000 to A12200 - 1967
      A12200 to A13900 - 1968
      A13900 to A18000 - 1969
      A18000 to A30500 - 1970
      A30500 to A32000 - 1971
      A32000 to A35000 - 1972
      A32000 to A42000 - 1973
      A42000 to A50000 - 1974
      A50000 to A63000 - 1975
      A63000 to A85000 - 1976

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