Dating fender telecaster

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The front has the emblem "Fender-Deluxe", It has the vintage knobs and the vintage Celestian 30 speaker. We can't tell much by the serial number, maybe you could post a picture. The "Hot Rod Deluxe 112 Extension", is a 1x12 extension speaker cabinet, while the "Hot Rod Deluxe III" is just the latest version of the HRDlx amp, being the third (III) iteration, which has a black control panel instead of chrome on the previous versions (there are exceptions on chrome panel).

By '85/'86 the headstocks on the Fender copies are not exact replicas of a Fender headstock.

Seem to have more of an angle to them - close but not exact, this change may have accurred as early as 1982 in the US.

10/24/2008Note: it mentions that hot-rod amps built 2002 and later no longer have a date stamp in the amp.

It probably also says "Made in Mexico" somewhere in or on the amp, which also indicates it is one of the newer re-issue amps.