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Notice that the original Fender back panel was removed and replaced with a Hagstrm panel.
One has to wonder where all those factory original export back panels are! Another interesting tidbit is that a lot of Fenders were imported into Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s that were stock 110-volt (domestic US) units.
Working at FMI – I was able to interview a fellow (who wishes to remain anonymous) who worked at Fender in 1972-73 in the amp department.
Although his job was somewhat limited, his recollections provided some really fascinating insights to how the amps were built.
Also, another thing I’ve never seen before is a what appears to be a shipping tag of some sort (see photo).
Note the check boxes for DOM (domestic US model), EXP (export model), CSA (Canada model), STD (standard) and SPEC (special).
Well, this universal “truth” was debunked when we found a bunch of amps with transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company.
I remember two 'suits' from upstairs standing behind me occasionally doing time studies.The Australian Fender Distributor then installed 240V - 110V stepdown transformers in the bottom of the cabinets.Mid-1968 Super Reverb export model modified by Hagstrm for the Swedish market. Okay, I know you’re all just dying to skip ahead to the serial number tables but try to contain your excitement and read through the article first.A 1957 tweed Vibrolux was reported with a tube chart printed with circuit “5E3” (tweed Deluxe) instead of the correct 5F11 (see photo).