Dating a fender amp
With the Deluxe, you get a lot more bass response and plenty more clean headroom.One of the most legendary amps of all time, pristine Blackface Deluxe examples come with a steep price tag.The tuxedo was the result of the ever-thrifty Leo Fender wanting to use up the remaining “brownface” Princeton Amp chassis and cabinets.Issued from mid-1963 to mid-1964, the tuxedo amps featured Blackface cosmetics, but were very snazzy looking with white barrel knobs.Attesting to Leo Fender’s engineering genius, Blackface Fenders are legendary for their rock-solid reliability.
For example, if you find pots from late ‘64 and transformers from early ’65, you can be pretty sure your amp is a 1965.
Beginning in late 1963 and continuing into mid-1964, Fender used up remaining old “Tweed style” Champ chassis and cabinets, but with Blackface cosmetics; Leo Fender was famously known as a skinflint when it came to minimizing production costs.
After all, he was the guy who reused his styrofoam cup for coffee.
Also, the non-reverb models cost a lot less than the reverb amps.
Plus, unlike the Reverb models, the non-reverb Princeton amp offers a significant amount of clean headroom.