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I would have to collect data for ALL the amp types, just to work out how many were made of mine.

Then I became aware of the amazing work Greg Gagliano had been doing since the 1990s - the summary of his latest results are here - and that his research didn't take in the Rivera-era, or anything later. However for this range of amps at least, I reckon it's not just a policy of withholding company-confidential information. It's no criticism of Fender to suggest that they were too busy making great amps to keep records just so some amateur could use them thirty years later.

This means that these 2 amp types can only be treated together for dates or production quantities when, as in this study, the serial number is all we have to go on.

(Fender did this chassis-sharing thing in earlier years, with the same implications for guessing quantities, as noted by Greg Gagaliano.) I estimate about 5500 were made in total.

A little light Googling revealed serial numbers for a few other amps in the range - they seemed all mixed up together.

Then the terrible truth dawned on me: they WERE all mixed up; Fender had decided to change their 35-year-old system of serial numbering so that, starting in 1982, every amp had a unique number.

Could Fender make so many PRIIs, considering they were making the other 13 amp types in the range at the same time?

Then Soren in Denmark started showing serial numbers on his excellent Super Champ website (which is no longer on the web) - some of those numbers fell in between some of 'my' PRII numbers.

His info (rightly without details of the amps' owners) still represents about a seventh of my database. Compared to my estimate of the total made, that's more than one in forty.

It might not sound like much, but quite a lot can be deduced from such a sample.

If you've got one of the 14 amp models in this range you can get a rough idea of its date-of-manufacture from these tables.

For the batches labelled "date codes needed", I haven't got any loudspeaker or transformer date codes, or (gold dust) the 4-digit inkstamp on the metal chassis, which is usually only visible when out of the wooden cab.

latest updates; small changes to a few amp batches dates, Dec 2015, Feb 2016, July 2016, Sep 2016, March 2017, Feb 2018, Mar 2018 small changes to 4 amp batches, Nov 2015 typos found, two edits, thanks Ben H, June 20 info updated, totals unchanged Oct 2014 really nifty table design Aug 2014 small data and totals updates Jan 2014 (info updatedthe website I developed for this amp's care and feeding, .

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