Dating your fender
The tube chart date code works like this: the first letter indicates the year and the second letter indicates the month.
Even if you are not planning to sell your guitar knowing a bit about when it was made is a fun thing to do, from there you can read about the history of the company and work out just where your guitar fits into the story.
Therefore, there are many considerations regarding dating your Telecaster but what follows is a comprehensive general guide and a table of dates and the features and specifications which identify that period in the lines history.
The first Fender solid body model, the Esquire, lasted (in name only) from April 1950 to October 1950 before it was replaced by the "Broadcaster", which lasted (in name only) from the October 1950 to January 1951.
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.
There are some easy ways to find out when your vintage Fender was manufactured.