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Perhaps the best way to date the Vintage series is to carefully remove the necek and check the bottom of the neck for a production date.
Tube vs transistor amps If you’re struggling with discovering a sweet tone, it’s time you get yourself a proper Fender tube amp.
You may have heard that transistors are distorting differently and harder than tubes caused by a distinct and sudden signal clipping when max effect level is reached in the transistors.
Still, it’s not just the tubes that provide the desired distortion in tube amps.
On the bigger amps, we like to boost the preamp section so that it breaks up right where, or just slightly after, the power amp breaks up. On the smaller amps, we usually like to increase the clean headroom of the power amp section.
Sweet Spot An amp’s “sweet spot” is by most players characterized as the volume level where it starts breaking up and sounds sweet.
In the classic Fender blackface amps this is caused mostly by power tube distortion while the preamp section is relatively clean.
SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1965 to 1976 In 1982 the Vintage Series of guitars was introduced.
The vintage series used a "V" prefix in serial numbers.
You’ll notice that your amp adds sustain to your notes.