Hi Scott, It is kind of rare to find factory installed JBL 120F's in a twin but not unheard of. Supposedly, if they are original to that amp, they would have an ink stamp on them that matches the stamp on the tube chart inside the cabinet.or a stamp that would be a code like AA2565.25th week of 1965. Unfortunately these stamps are not always on the speakers and are sometimes on the cabinet, or on the inside or outside of the chassis. Another clue on a later 60's speaker might be a tiny F punched into the foil label. In the end, only your ears matter. JBL's are universally considered 'hi-fi'.very clean, good bass but perhaps a bit harsh on the treble side.brittle maybe?
Dating jbl speakers by serial number. Some have gray label. Sample of profile for online dating. This forum is for you! Oct 30th, The JBL D was the basis for that 12' speaker, and it was designed by also are you able to date these speakers given the serial number? Having no luck online dating. I am new here but was. Unless a different warranty period is stated in the Warranty Card provided with your JBL product, JBL warrants for a period of 1 year (5 years for any non-powered speakers) from the date of retail purchase by the original end-use purchaser, that this product, when delivered to you in. Case number (if you already have one).
I had a factory JBL equipped twin for a very short time. It was a late 68 production with gray framed JBL D120F's in it and the factory JBL badge on the grille cloth. Absolutely mint. I sold it because, for me, it did not sound good.
It was a kind of sterile amp. For some sounds it was a perfect, like stepping back through time to a Memphis recording studio. Clean, clean clean. Good with a tele for country.
If you prefer your sound a bit dirtier, or perhaps, looser, the premium price of a JBL equipped black twin might not be worth it. Thank you – great response and much appreciated! This Twin does not have a stamp on the tube chart that would match the pattern you listed. There are two stamps on the tube chart: Production “58” and “PG” stamped near the bottom right.
Unfortunately I only have pics of the amp to go on for a few more days. The pics I have are, however, very high resolution and cover almost all of the speakers + cab in the back. The speakers and do NOT show an “F” imprinted on the foil label of the speakers. I have the serial numbers on the speakers and, from what I’ve been able to gather, they look to be from around the same time as the amp (1965). Unfortunately the pics do not really include the cone (so I can’t see any stamp on the cone). The frames are gray with yellow JBL on the driver. Serials are 117xx and 120xx (where “xx” is a number).
They say “signature speaker” across the top (but not “Jim Lansing signature speaker” like the ‘61s apparently). And I’m with you on the “ears” bit – I won’t hesitate swapping these out if they aren’t what I want. I’ll just carefully pack them up and, if I ever sell it, they’ll go with it and make it a premium cost J I have a pair of Tone Tubbies in my 73 Twin that are amazing – maybe they’ll be great in a ’65 too.
I hope to find out! I appreciate your time on this, Kevin – thank you for any insights! It is highly likely the chassis was made in '65 and the amp assembled in '66.however, with it being JULY of '66, this scenario becomes a bit less likely. Ask the seller if there is a PG inkstamped somewhere inside or outside the chassis.Ask the seller for all the #'s off the transformers.IE: they should all be 606-6xx.or 606-6-xx.the X's represent the week of the year. They should all be starting with that 6 for 1966 after the 606 which stands for Schumacher.
Also, does it say Fender Electric Instruments or Fender musical Instruments under the Twin Reverb Amp logo.post 1966 it would say 'Musical' not 'Electric'. I ended up not buying it. I found another ’65 that is three serial numbers away from the one I was looking at and the date stamp showed September ’65. Given the serial numbers, that makes sense – the chassis was probably built in Aug/Sep 65 and then put into the cab immediately.
I have a tough time believing that Fender “lost” this chassis for almost a year. And it says “Fender Musical Instruments” on the stamp although, to be fair, I’ve seen Greg G’s saying that this was put in place in early-to-middle ’65 inconsistently but in ’66 consistently. In the end I thought it was too hazy (as you put it) and, since he wanted a premium price for a ’65, I bailed. Thanks for your help!
It gets more interesting Talked to seller originally and he said he purchased two 1965 amps at the same time from same buyer in 2000ish. I presented my “findings” to him and he sent back pics of the other amp – it has the right date stamp (along with “Fender Electric Instrument Co” on tube chart) and ’65 number. However, the true ’65 cab has a 12” JBL D120F along with a 15” JBL D130F. I think I know the answer to this question but I’ll pose it here for verification: is there any way that the 15” speaker is original (i.e.
A custom order)?
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