#1
Hi!

I am making a 2x12 cab for a tube head I am buying soon and my friend decided to give me some old Fender 'Special Design' Speakers for it. Unfortunately, he has no information on them as they have been sitting in a basement for years. After cleaning up all the dust and debris on them the only thing I know is that they are made in USA and they have a code on the back of both speakers that reads:

22962
328550

I've tried looking it up but I have no results. I know it's really tough to determine the year since I have no actual amp but I was wondering if there was a way...

They do look very beat up also so my guess is either 80's or 90's.

Here are some pictures to possibly help:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60964085@N02/10028841205/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60964085@N02/10028770164/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60964085@N02/10028808395/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60964085@N02/10028808116/

THANKS!!
#2
Quote by GuitarzMyThing
Hi!

I am making a 2x12 cab for a tube head I am buying soon and my friend decided to give me some old Fender 'Special Design' Speakers for it. Unfortunately, he has no information on them as they have been sitting in a basement for years. After cleaning up all the dust and debris on them the only thing I know is that they are made in USA and they have a code on the back of both speakers that reads:

22962
328550

I've tried looking it up but I have no results. I know it's really tough to determine the year since I have no actual amp but I was wondering if there was a way...

They do look very beat up also so my guess is either 80's or 90's.

Here are some pictures to possibly help:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60964085@N02/10028841205/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60964085@N02/10028770164/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60964085@N02/10028808395/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60964085@N02/10028808116/

THANKS!!


Looks like yours is a Utah 328.

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Here the number 220 designates the speaker as a Jensen, and 637 indicates a production date of the 37th week of 1956 or 1966.

Fender has used only a handful of different speaker types over the years. Here’s a list of brands along with their EIA codes. (I’ve also included a few others brands you might encounter as aftermarket installations.) This should help you identify your speaker.



Jensen 220
Utah 328
Oxford 465
JBL 73
CTS 137
Altec Lansing 391
Electro-Voice 649
Pyle 1098
Weber VST 1279

Source:
http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/19362-identifying-vintage-fender-speakers-and-battling-hum
#3
wouldnt they be worth something to a fender collector it they are 56/66?
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#4
Quote by Blackfire.
Looks like yours is a Utah 328.

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Here the number 220 designates the speaker as a Jensen, and 637 indicates a production date of the 37th week of 1956 or 1966.

Fender has used only a handful of different speaker types over the years. Here’s a list of brands along with their EIA codes. (I’ve also included a few others brands you might encounter as aftermarket installations.) This should help you identify your speaker.



Jensen 220
Utah 328
Oxford 465
JBL 73
CTS 137
Altec Lansing 391
Electro-Voice 649
Pyle 1098
Weber VST 1279

Source:
http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/19362-identifying-vintage-fender-speakers-and-battling-hum


That really helped! Thanks man. So far Ive figured out it was made the week of December 10th 19_5 (Which is weird because my birthday is December 7th lol)
#5
Quote by GuitarzMyThing
That really helped! Thanks man. So far Ive figured out it was made the week of December 10th 19_5 (Which is weird because my birthday is December 7th lol)


it'd be 1965, fender used jenson almost exclusively during the 50's and dropped the jenson as it's OEM in the early 60's. i think by the late 60's EIA codes started going 7 digits so that they could include two digits for the year so you didn't have to guess which decade it was from.

they are cool pieces with some interesting history, but utahs aren't exactly sought after speakers so don't expect some kinda huge cash for them.
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Quote by gumbilicious
it'd be 1965, fender used jenson almost exclusively during the 50's and dropped the jenson as it's OEM in the early 60's. i think by the late 60's EIA codes started going 7 digits so that they could include two digits for the year so you didn't have to guess which decade it was from.

Thanks man! Ohhh, my friend going to be pissed he gave me 1965 speakers for free...

they are cool pieces with some interesting history, but utahs aren't exactly sought after speakers so don't expect some kinda huge cash for them.

Lol I wouldn't be selling them, at least not for a decade. Im going to be using them until they die... or I die. Whatever one comes first.

Thanks again for all your help guys!!
#7
I knew they weren't from a recent decade, mainly because no speaker can get this beat up within being 20 years old. Also the leads going to the speaker aren't clip-on like new Marshall cabinets & such. They're solder joints... That's when I really clued in.

Now that raises another question for me. When I put these into the cab. What solder do I use? Wire solder, Rosin-core? Thanks!
Last edited by GuitarzMyThing at Oct 1, 2013,
#8
Quote by GuitarzMyThing
I knew they weren't from a recent decade, mainly because no speaker can get this beat up within being 20 years old. Also the leads going to the speaker aren't clip-on like new Marshall cabinets & such. They're solder joints... That's when I really clued in.

Now that raises another question for me. When I put these into the cab. What solder do I use? Wire solder, Rosin-core? Thanks!


when i solder small electronics i use 60/40 rosin core solder. but with speakers i just usually use spade connectors and speaker wire (maybe 16 or 18 gauge, don't remember but i got a spool of it somewhere). all you have to do is crimp the spade connector onto the speaker wire.

also, if you do like the speakers and they do die you can get them reconed. i have gotten a number of old jensons and an eminence reconed at weber, they tend to be real knowledgeable on older speakers; but there are other places. it'd be nice to keep the old stuff going.
punk isn't dead, it's always smelled that way.

"A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem."
-ae
#9
Quote by gumbilicious
when i solder small electronics i use 60/40 rosin core solder. but with speakers i just usually use spade connectors and speaker wire (maybe 16 or 18 gauge, don't remember but i got a spool of it somewhere). all you have to do is crimp the spade connector onto the speaker wire.

also, if you do like the speakers and they do die you can get them reconed. i have gotten a number of old jensons and an eminence reconed at weber, they tend to be real knowledgeable on older speakers; but there are other places. it'd be nice to keep the old stuff going.

Alright! Thanks man!