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Fender Bassman 10

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by petek, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. petek


    Mar 27, 2006
    Just picked up a old Fender Bassman 10 from ebay.
    I think it's a latter model because mine has a middle pot, and I think the earlier ones only had bass and treble.
    Is there any way to date these amps? and do you have any experiences (good or bad).
    Regards to you all.
  2. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    It's probably from the mid-late '70s...

    Hey, it's a Fender Bass amp... warm tone for days!!!

    Take a look at the end bells on the power and output transformer. Stamped in them will be a number starting with 606 followed by a space and then four digits. The 606 is the EIA code for Schumacher Electric, the four digits are the year and week of manufacturer in the form of YYWW.

    Example 606 7426 would be 26th week of 1974.

    The transformers should be close in date if they're both originals.

    You could probably remove the can over the electrolytic caps and look for date codes on those too. If you chose to do this...UNPLUG THE AMP and let it sit with the standby switch on "ON" for a good long time to discharge the caps...there's enough energy there to give you a nasty shock.

    Good luck and please let us know what you find!
  3. petek


    Mar 27, 2006
    Thanks for the tip Billy B, I've had a look for the date stamp and it looks like it could be a 81?
    I used it in anger this week and it sounded fantastic, I even had compliments from the guitar player.

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