Dating a fender amp bt serial number

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.

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.

I was puzzled to see how some of them were separated by over 100,000.

These 3 runs of serial numbers start in mid-1984, when production was fairly normal.

Then comes the March 1985 management buyout, when the new owners were left with some parts but no factory!

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.

However the dates for these batches are certain to be later than the batch shown immediately above, or earlier than the batch shown below.

If you've got an amp in this category and can supply any of those codes as well as the serial number, I would Also, things got a little crazy during Fender's last few months in the Fullerton factory, and when the management buyout was complete (March 1985) they had some parts but no factory.

Advertisers and politicians make decisions based on smaller percentages!

I'm guessing amp-owners like to know when their amp was made, if it's old-ish.

There are a handful of amp types for which I'm still running the searches because I don't have so much data for those (mainly in the solid-state range).

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