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In 1967 (after CBS bought Fender), Fender bought a HUGE supply of pots from CTS. So guitars and amps made as late as 1973 can still have 1967 date codes from this huge 1967 stocking.
All during Fender's life as an amplifier maker, then used speakers made by Jensen (#220), CTS (#137), Oxford (#465), Utah (#328) and Altec-Lansing (#391).
On less popular Fender instruments, such as Lap Steels, pots can be as much as two years earlier than the actual date of the instrument.
Gibson didn't start using pots with source-date codes till 1953 or 1954. Of course this all assumes the pot or speaker is original. I would suggest checking the solder joints - are they clean?
Apparently CBS/Fender bought a large stock of pots in 1966 that lasted till 1969.
On popular Fender models, the pot date can be very close to the actual date of the instrument.
The first time date-source codes were published was 1924, so I guess you could see them as early as the late 1920's.
It can be stamped or marked on any product to identify the production source (vendor) and date of manufacturer.Till about 1961, Jensen was the only Fender speaker supplier.Then from 1962 and later you see Fender using speakers from all the above mentioned makers.The source-date code will signify the earliest possible date that the instrument or amp could have been made.This isn't going to be exact, but it will give you a "ball-park" age.