Some examples include a '66 Princeton Reverb and ’66 Pro Reverb with Better Coil output transformer, a ‘66 Deluxe Reverb and ‘67 Twin Reverb with Better Coil reverb transformer, and a 1968 Vibro Champ with Better Coil trannies.These units look, and apparently sound, just like the Schumacher-made units so it’s easy to overlook that “831” code.After that the foreman would add the tubes, turn 'em on and set the bias.” Export models – We’ve confirmed that Fender amps were distributed by Hagstrm in Sweden.Not only that, but to meet Swedish safety codes, Hagstrm removed the external voltage selector switch (fitted to all blackface and silverface export models) and hardwired it internally (see photos).“I remember the circuit boards were pre-made, from Mexico, easy to screw into the chassis. When we had filled our cart we'd wheel it over to the Chicano chicks.They were something to behold, all chatting away while soldering so quickly, it didn't hardly seem like they were looking at the amps.leftovers.” Regarding production he recounted the following information: “I think I remember being 'pushed' to come up with 30 of the simpler chassis (Super Reverb? But it wasn't always 'cool guitar' amps, sometimes I was making Fender Rhodes Satellite amps on bent aluminum, sometimes only Champs.I remember two 'suits' from upstairs standing behind me occasionally doing time studies.
He recalled, “We just went to a big bin every morning and loaded our wheeled rack with a batch of whatever chassis we were working on that day.The Australian Fender Distributor then installed 240V - 110V stepdown transformers in the bottom of the cabinets.Mid-1968 Super Reverb export model modified by Hagstrm for the Swedish market. Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas? I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading.It would be more accurate to say that approx 650 of each of these models were produced in ’60.The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.Notice that the original Fender back panel was removed and replaced with a Hagstrm panel.One has to wonder where all those factory original export back panels are! Another interesting tidbit is that a lot of Fenders were imported into Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s that were stock 110-volt (domestic US) units.Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated. Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days.