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Potentiometer Codes

Ever since Fender started making basses in , they dated certain parts and components to give a general idea of when the instrument was produced. Then there are pickup and potentiometer date codes, serial numbers, and even bridge stamps and pickguard codes in some cases. So how do you properly determine the year of production? They just grabbed whatever part or component was ready and put the instrument together to fill an order as fast as possible.

1PC. VINTAGE CTS 50K 2 WATT LINEAR DATE CODE POTENTIOMETER. Condition: New – Open box. $ + $ Shipping. Est. Delivery Mon, Aug.

Zachary R. Fjestad is a freelance writer who specializes in guitars and amplifiers including the history behind them and their current value. Fjestad has been evaluating and appraising guitars for over 20 years. For more information, email Zachary at zacharyfjestad hotmail. Guitars Bass Amps Pedals Players. I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date. Can you tell me what model this is and how much it is worth today? Dating Gibson guitars is not easy—thank you!

Properly Dating a Fender Bass

Early electric versions of Hofner models can be roughly dated by some of the components used. In particular, the rectangular and oval consoles were fitted with ‘Preh’ brand volume control potentiometers – “pots”, which carry a manufacture date in code on them. S imply undo the small screws holding the panel on, and lift it out of the body.

Mar 2, The source-date code on a pot is a 6 or 7 digit code impressed into the casing of the potentiometer.

Since I primarily collect amps by Fender, and guitars by Gibson, Fender, Martin, National, Epiphone, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, I really can’t help them with these other less popular brands. As you have probably noticed, there is plenty of information here to help date the brands that I am interested in. But where does that leave everyone else? Well I’m not one to leave you out in the informational cold, so here’s something that I use quite often in dating amplifiers and electric guitars.

It’s called the “source-date code”, and it can help determine the approximate age of an electric instrument by the date its components were manufactured. Source-Date Codes On American made vintage gear, the pots and speakers provide an excellent opportunity to date a piece of equipment by referencing their “source-date code”. The source-date code found on pots and speakers gives the manufacturer and date roughly when the components were made.

It may have been some time before the part was installed at the factory, but it still provides a good approximation of when the gear was made. The source-date code will signify the earliest possible date that the instrument or amp could have been made. This isn’t going to be exact, but it will give you a “ball-park” age. And remember, even the dates indicated by the pots aren’t that exact. For example, if you buy a brand new CTS pot today, they are dated a month or two in advance!

It’s worth mentioning since a lot of people rely on pot dates.

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CTS K CUSTOM AUDIO TAPER SPLIT SHAFT POT (VINTAGE)SKU: CTSVWD Music Products developed this high-quality Vintage look-a-like.

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NOS NIB Vintage Philco 33-5408 Potentiometer Date Code 0264

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The pot/speaker source-date decoder. Find the date of electronic components. Vintage synths, guitars, amps, stompboxes, potentiometers, speakers and many.

These pedals have been turning up on ebay for the last few years. They are coming from California. But they did not use all MXR parts and the pedals are often not very well made. Here is an “MXR” envelope filter I got in for some mods. Note that the parts are random, some carbon comp resistors, some film. Also note the parts are not put in straight and some have some leads soldered together on this side of the board for some reason.

The original pots are the only way to date an MXR pedal, so this pedal is not very valuable even if someone could get it working, as the date codes and pots are gone. See my FAQ for date code decoding info. I have also seen these “NOS” pedals turn up with pots with the last digits as which means 18th week.

NOS NIB Mallory M10PK Potentiometer Date Code 6312, #4 Taper, 10 ohm

This item has been sold. Fender Telecaster Model Solid Body Electric Guitar , made in Fullerton, California, Blonde lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck, original brown leatherette gig bag case. This beautiful “Blackguard” Fender Telecaster was assembled at the company’s original factory in Fullerton, California right around the end of It carries a very consistent set of date markings, with the serial number stamped on the bridgeplate. The neck is dated in pencil on the heel, while the body also carries a red-penciled date mark of the same month in the neck cavity, with the “Tadeo” signature above in grey pencil.

The potentiometer date codes are indicating the pieces were made the 33rd week of

The only sure hint except for the PCB number is pot dating. All vintage Mistresses use CTS pots. (Pots are the three round thingies with a diameter of 24 mm that.

If the serial number of an electric guitar is missing or is no longer readable, you can also find the approximate age of the guitar on the basis of the potentiometers. On the potentiometer is a code that gives information about the manufacturer and the year and week when it is made. EIA code. Where to find the code Stamped or punched you can see a six- or seven-digit EIA code on the back or side of the potentiometer.

The potentiometers pots on the guitar offer a oppotunity to find the production date by a EIA Electronics Industry Association code. Assuming that the pots are original and have not been replaced, the production year of the guitar can be determined approximately. The EIA code on pots indicates the manufacturer and date when they are made.

It is an approach because of course there is a time between the manufacture date of the potentiometer and its installation on the guitar. Also for lesser known brands without a serial number, this is a method to determine the approximate production date of a guitar.

Dating: Do’s And Dont’s (1949)


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