Dating silverface deluxe reverb

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Electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stamped with a date code, which indicates the manufacturer and the manufacturing date.

The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.

Both the Deluxe Reverb (DR) and Princeton Reverb (PR) “survived” the CBS silverface periods with minor changes.

Many people consider the silverface amps just as sonically good as the blackface models.

The following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.

If you see any data that is not listed here or notice any errors, for 1970’s and earlier Fender amps, please send us an email and we will update the chart.

Why has the desire for low wattage amps with 20-25 watts of tube power come up so late?

The circuit design remained largely unchanged through the ensuing years, and the control face was changed back to a blackface in 1980. The Deluxe Reverb II was introduced that same year.

Output on the amp was diminished to 20 watts and a solid-state rectifier was used. Gain, master volume, and presence controls were added.

In a BF Vibrolux Reverbs you could have either Jensen, CTS or Oxford, the BF Super Reverbs had Jensen, CTS, Oxford or sometimes JBL, the BF Pro Reverb had Jensen, Oxford or Utah, .

In the silverface era Eminence, Oxford, Utah and Rola were more often used and Jensen was phased out.

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