Dating fender bassman 10
I can push it hard and for long, so far no problems and the sound is crystal clear.That's a pretty good feature for an amplifier I guess but I really like it when the sound is cracking up a little bit like this other old Fender combo I tried.In later years, the EIA converted to a 4 digit date code so the year could be easily identified.There are 2 acceptable methods of displaying the EIA date code, with or without a hyphen between the manufacture code and the year/week code.There is some element missing, wish I could be more precise but it doesn't feel vintage at all somehow. I am looking for a rich full lead tone with some more presence and still not the take-over-metal-sound many people use. If you want to narrow down the year that your exact amp was made you can look for date codes on the pots and on the transformers. Modding that amp EFFICIENTLY would best be done by someone with more knowledge of tone construction and circuits.
The year is confusing because it is only a single digit.Now, that said, if you DO want to learn circuits and amp modding you're in the exact right place. As in, don't spend your money until you try it and like it.Consider how much power you will need and at what volume you will need to get your preferred tone.Be certain the amp has the features you will use (example: if you NEED both bedroom practice AND band practice volume levels you may want to consider a master volume amp that makes good distortion with the preamp) (another example: even if you love the sound of some little 5W Fender when cranked up, but you play with a band, or intend to, it's still the wrong amp because it will never be loud enough) The amp you have now is a nice example of a good amp.You can probably get enough dough for it to cover much of the expense of a different amp. So the question is, do you want to learn circuits or do you just want a different tone?