I was just recommended to this forum by an acquaintance from ebay... Turns out that the manufacturing date is May, 1993 (in case you're at all curious). -Greg I just traded a Gretsch for a VK the Serial number is 3748 and no there are no letters in front of those numbers.

I'm wondering if anyone knows how to date a Fender Vibro-King based on it's serial number. The only letter is a scrawled W on the sign off plate.. I think it is a fairly late model, but then what the heck do i know.. I'm not the resident expert by a long ways, Although Fender says that they didn't keep records for amps manufactured before 1994, there are some guys here who will be able to help some once they find this post.....

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The tube complement includes four Sovtek 12AX7WCs, relabeled Groove Tubes 12AX7- R; two Groove Tubes-6L6GE (made in the USA) and two Electro Harmonix 5U4GB rectifiers.

The speakers are 12” Eminence Alnicos designed by Ted Weber (of Weber VST), which look remarkably like Weber P-12Ns.

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The top rear-positioned control panel features five chicken-head knobs, which all traverse from 1–12 (take that, Nigel).

There are separate Bright and Normal channels, each with its own preamp circuit, separate Volume controls and two jacks, followed by Treble, Bass, and Presence controls that are common to both channels.

The nicely applied lacquered Tweed cloth covers a finger-jointed, solid-pine cabinet with a thin leather handle (more on that later).

The chromed steel vertical chassis houses highquality components mounted on a sturdy black fiberglass eyelet board, sturdy tube sockets, and nicely done point-to-point wiring.

A couple of decades ago several small amp manufacturers, noting the demand for used Fender amps, started to produce amplifiers using old Fender circuits, capitalizing on the simplicity of operation and purity of tone of these classics.

I invested in a Clark Piedmont (’59 Bassman) and a Clark Beaufort (narrow panel Deluxe) and so am well acquainted with the high standards used to produce these replicas.

The early circuits based on these primitive tubes were simple, and the initial amp models were wimpy, but somewhere against the hum of these primordial beasts the sharp report of the starter’s pistol signaled the beginning of the amplifier race.