Marshall amp serial numbers dating amps
For a while I also had automated searches running on e Bay for these 14 amp types - whenever one appeared for sale I would contact the seller, asking for the serial number.9 out of 10 did - many thanks to them for their trouble and good will.I run a couple of websites making the schematics for these amps easily accessible.As people download them, I'm hoping they'll respond to my request that they send me their amp's serial number for this project, and many do.However the dates for these batches are certain to be later than the batch shown immediately above, or earlier than the batch shown below.
So (example) the last few hundred Super Champs seem to have date codes from 1984 but there's anecdotal evidence that they were assembled in nearby Brea, CA in 1986.While it's anyone's guess how many of those 5500 were Champ II and how many were Bassman 20, they seem to come up on e Bay equally often. People keep on referring to this 'fewer than 500' thing, especially when they're trying to sell one as 'rare', but I'm still waiting for anyone to point back to the original 'fact' of the matter!) If your amp's serial number falls into the last 3 batches then your best hope of dating it is if you've still got the original speaker.It represents fifteen years of time that could have been spent becoming a better guitarist, so if you quote it elsewhere, I'd appreciate a link and/or a name-check, either as "Stratopastor" or under my real name.
All these amps have serial numbers beginning F2, F3 or F4 followed by another 5 digits. However Fender couldn't maintain that system for long, and there are no F5 or F6 amps.Subtract one from the other and I'll have a rough-cut figure for how many were made. PRII owners were kind enough to start sending their serial numbers in.