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How To Date A Vintage Guitar Amp or Bass Amplifier



Guitar Amp Dating | Amplifier Dating

Page Update 3/7/2016


Guitar amplifier dating by serial numbers - How To Date A Guitar Amp or Bass Amp By Serial Number. There are a number of resources available online to help you to date your guitar amplifier or bass amp.  Many of these resources refer to source-date-codes located on pots or speakers within your amplifier.  Please keep in mind that those components must be original to get a valid date for a vintage guitar amplifier.  Other sources to date your amp may include serial numbers and overall look and visual components on the amp as well.  For example, the logo on the amp or materials used during a certain time period of production. 

Dating an amplifier by serial numbers can be effective as well.  Again, it's important to be sure the parts are original on the music equipment to get a valid date for the amp.  Many tube amplifiers will have a tube chart within the amp itself.  This may also be helpful when dating a vintage tube guitar amplifier.  The sites listed below should help you to get some valuable information on dating your guitar amplifier, but it may be a good idea to get it appraised by a professional to be sure that the value is correct.  If you need more information on specific amplifier manufacturers visit our music equipment manufacturers page. A great resource to date a vintage guitar amp is to check out the Blue Book Of Guitar Amplifiers.


Guitar Amp Dating Resources - Bass Amp Dating

  • Fender Support - Vintage Fender Amp Dating Information - Includes info on using Silverface, Blackface, and Brownface control panels to help date older vintage Fender amps.  Also covers info on Tolex and Tweed amp coverings to help date an amp as well.  Serial numbers are given to help with dating contemporary amplifiers.  Please keep  in mind for most vintage amps you will only be able to find approximate dates and not exact dates of production.














A great resource to date a vintage guitar amp is to check out the Blue Book Of Guitar Amplifiers