Arjay_________________"Here's why reliability is job one: A great sounding amp that breaks down goes from being a favorite piece of gear to a useless piece of crap in less time than it takes to read this sentence." -- BRUCE ZINKYI don't know Arjay's feeling on this,but there seems to be quite a bit of rust on the transformer that can be seen in the picture, I've never liked to see that and know that rust can never be a good thing,you might want to look at some of the exposed parts of the underside of that chassis and see if there's corrosion elsewhere.
1Looks to be a victim of long-term salt-air exposure (residence in Florida or other Gulf states? The corrosion might be a cosmetic issue only and not a factor that would affect the proper operation but it should be explored and examined prior to purchase.
Amps from the silverface era, which have a silver faceplate, were manufactured from 1968 to 1982.
If I'm going by Fender's support page correctly, would this amplifier be a 1961 model? (F106486 and 18Any help would be greatly appreciated.Do you have a picture of the label with this number? I ask because there are more tube reference numbers than production date codes. Lutherluke hiwhile dating is not supposed to be as accurate with serial number as with date stamp on the label or EOI number on the transformer- the serial number you give is i think 1973see bottom of this page help?If the number you have (A59871) is the code, then I'd agree it may be a '71, or some of the information I read could also say that it was built in the 17th week of '89 (if you read it backwards for amp models built after the '70s). hank By entering this site you declare you read and agreed to its Terms, Rules & Privacy and you understand that your use of the site's content is made at your own risk and responsibility.Fender recommends dating unstamped amps by the EIA number on the transformers.The format is always EIA 606-Y-XX or 606-YY-XX where Y indicates the year (196Y/197Y or 19YY respectively) and XX the week. Dating by serial number, while less accurate, can be of some use.