Dating blackface amps

If you are not familiar with working on vacuum tube equipment, you should consult an experienced technician before opening any equipment containing vacuum tubes. The Free Information Society will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused to you or your equipment.*** Early Silverface Logo on Standard Silverface Grillcloth So, you've heard all of your guitar playing life, whether it be for 2 years or 25, that you don't want a Silverface Fender amp.

I can't say today that they are the "best kept secret", because over the past few years, the prices on them are steadily climbing..obviously, the secret has gotten out.

We also get calls wondering if we do repairs on vintage equipment; sorry, we don’t.

However, we do highly recommend David Kulka at for all 1176 and LA-2A repairs, or any other vintage UA/UREI or Teletronix equipment you may have. While the 1176 has seen a huge number of revisions in its history, the most significant revision to the 1176 circuit was designed by UREI engineer Brad Plunkett in an effort to reduce noise — hence the birth of the 1176LN (LN stands for low noise) at revision C.

We get occasional calls here at Universal Audio from people wanting to know what era some Universal Audio, UREI or Teletronix piece they bought on the vintage market dates from.

So in this post, we're offering a complete revision history of the world's two most popular compressors, the 1176 Limiting Amplifier and the Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier.

If you have one of these, then they are either the late silverface models with different cosmetics, or the hotrodded ones designed by Paul Rivera (ie the 1x12 or 2x10 Concert, Super Champ, etc).

There are also some solid state amps that look "blackface".

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Fender started producing blackface AA763 amps in August '63 I believe. We have recently (7 Aug) completed a "clean-out" of old listings in the Gearslutz Member Services directory.Any & all listings that were posted more than 365 days ago have been deleted so that we can ensure the directory remains up-to-date.Beware of someone trying to sell these to you as a "blackface" amp.They are decent amps, but not really what is generally known as "blackface"! Anyone bought or sold one of these recently and can give me an idea? Hey all, I'm looking for a general idea of what a fair price is for a 1963 Fender Deluxe (Blackface, non-reverb, Pre-CBS).


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