Dating silverface fender
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.
(I’ve also included a few others brands you might encounter as aftermarket installations.) This should help you identify your speaker.
You also mentioned that you’re looking for a speaker option that decreases the overall volume of your amp.
You should be able to find a number stamped somewhere on the speaker’s frame.
For example, if you find pots from late ‘64 and transformers from early ’65, you can be pretty sure your amp is a 1965.
Whether it’s a vintage amp or a recent model such as this Fender Pro Reverb, hum can have several causes.
Possible culprits include the preamp tubes, the power tubes, the hum balance resistors, and the power supply caps.
So, here I am, writing about the history of some old gear, the Silverface Fender.
I also have a small amount of knowledge of and experience in working on tube amps.