Dating fender amplifier serial
Before we begin, a few caveats: The best approach is to cross-reference the serial number with known features for the model during different eras and the personal account of previous owners.
Getting the correct year is one thing, but getting the story behind an amp is the fun part.
Starting in July 1969, Marshall starting using official serial codes.
They were initially broken down into three parts: the model code, the serial production number and the date code.
The same model codes from the previous section of this article still apply, although the model code "RI" is also seen for reissues. Starting in October 1992, Marshall moved away from stamped metal plate serials and began using stickers with a xx-xxxxx-xx format serial and a bar code. The sticker-based nine digit scheme lasted through July 1997.
It's important to note that, prior to 1984, this letter came last.
The letter B was skipped, as were the letters I, O and Q since they might be confused for numbers.
Use the model codes and date codes below to determine the model and age of your amp.
Often these specimens produced between October 1962 and December 1964 had an offset chassis.
Look for original black levant covering, a gray grille and the old block-style Marshall logo.