Rock n roll vintage guitar shop carries fender, gibson, martin, gretsch, rickenbacker and other popular guitars and basses including boutique amps we have one of the largest selections of effects pedals in chicago with many hard to find boutique pedal brands. Dating valco instruments the most effective way to date a valco guitar or amp is by its serial number from the ‘40s until 1964, the serial could be found stamped into a small metal plate that was tacked onto the back of the headstock or the back of the cabinet. Reverb dating & pricing hub published mar 12, 2015 by peter schu gear history have an amp, effects pedal or other instrument click here for our complete price guide always free, always growing feel free to check out appraisal services here as well gibson how to date a gibson gibson pricing info zildjian how to date avedis. Unfortunately, good dating information for silverface amps from the 1970s is still lacking and that’s why there isn’t much new information for amps made from 1972-76 for some reason, folks are willing to poke their head into tweed, blonde, brown and blackface amps, but not into silverface amps. Gibson amplifiers have become known amongst guitarists for their warm, consistent sound and reliability while you may be willing to pay a high price for a vintage gibson amp, you should always verify the date of the amp to avoid being ripped off.
How to date fender amps by serial number okay, i know you’re all just dying to skip ahead to the serial number tables but try to contain your excitement and read through the article first i promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading. The first three numbers represent the company that made the speaker, the fourth and fifth if there are seven numbers gibson the dating the part was made, and the vintage two numbers represent the week that the amp was made during that year. Here's a gibson falcon ga-19-rvt amp, which has spent some 46 years in southern queensland the amp was sold new in ipswich, and was less then 100km from there when i purchased it in mid 2009. Date code: wide panel, narrow panel, brown, blonde, and black face amps have a date code hand-stamped on the tube chartthis code is made up of two letters the first letter translates to the year and the second to the month the reissue amps also made use of this code.
Before mid-1950, most gibson headstocks were thinner at the top when looked at from a side profile after 1950, headstocks had uniform thickness dating a gibson by factory order number (fon) gibson has historically used two different alpha-numerical formats to catalog its instruments: serial numbers and fons (factory order numbers. Fender guitar serial numbers] [fender amps] [ibanez guitars] [ martin guitars] [gibson guitars] [gibson amps] gibson tube amp specifications i would like to thank björn anger for permission to use the information contained here. The gibson ga-75w was produced from 1950 to 1955 for a total of 1274 units according to shipping records this was clearly meant for the touring professional audience as evidenced by the comparatively high output as well as the alligator clip ground on the original power supply cable. Gibson serial numbers are usually on the back of the guitars headstock either stamped, inked or as a decal instruments with f-holes often have the serial number repeated on a label inside the guitar body.
Gibson hollow body serial numbers gibson prefix and suffix model codes es (electric spanish - hollow body with fixed pickup(s) t - thinline d double - 2 pickups c cutaway or cherry finish 3/4 - 3/4 side and short scale sv - stereo and veritone wiring option please keep in mind that serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture. Private vintage guitars, lapsteels, amplifier collector i'm a private guitar collector interested in vintage instruments by gibson, fender, martin, gretsch, epiphone, national, dobro, rickenbacker made from 1920 to 1969. Maybe you have a gibson banjo, dobro, or a goldtone amplifier you’re not sure about this serial number guide will help you to figure it all out this guide, republished courtesy of gibsoncom, provides information from 1975-present, covering thousands of gibson instruments.
Over the past four decades, gibson amps were rarely afforded the kind of attention, or assigned with the same sorts of prices on the vintage market, as classic amps made by vox, marshall, and fender. Gibson garage brings you some info on old gibson tube amps, from the ga-1rt to the ga super 400 - passing the ga-5 les paul junior, gibsonette, ga-20, ga-30, ga-40 les paul, ga-79rvt, ga-83s stereo - from 1948 to 1967 (and a little further down the road. Check out the dating gibson guitars before 1947 page at sweetwater — the world's leading music technology and instrument retailer bass guitars ukuleles guitar amps guitar pedals & effects guitar wireless systems guitar accessories guitar strings guitar deals news & research. Dating fender transformers, speakers & potentiometers using eia codes eia (electronics industry association) source-date codes: electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stamped with a date code, which indicates the manufacturer and the manufacturing date. Speakers - like cases, original speakers can add to the value of a vintage amp below are typical jensen speakers, all from amps shown in this gallery, in date order: early '50s field coil, late 50's alnico 5, and 60's special design.
I have an old gibson skylark ga-5 that was my very first amplifier my folks bought it for me for christmas in about 1964 or so it was used when they purchased it. Dating gibson amplifiers dating point is the white position markers and the non click here to see them today click here to see them today mandolin world headquarters offers high. Gibson introduced a new pattern when they began producing solid body guitars an ink stamp on the back of the headstock which included either 5 or 6 digits the first digit is the year and the other numbers are production numbers. What's up with the vintage amp guide this guide has been created as a way of preserving the database of complete information about vintage fender, gibson, and other makers of guitar amplifiersmy intention is to keep updating this website with as much new information as i can gather in order to make it the most complete resource of vintage amps as can possibly exist online.
Forum legend new replies no new replies hot topic (new) hot topic (no new) poll (new) poll (no new) locked topic moved topic. Find best value and selection for your gibson eh 185 amplifier search on ebay world's leading marketplace. Gibson serialization identifying gibson instruments by serial number is tricky and at sometimes impossible the best methods of identifying them is by using a combination of the serial number, the factory order number and any features that are particular to a specific time that changes may have occurred in instrument design (ie logo design change, headstock volutes, etc.
Another resource for iding and dating guitars is gibson’s computer database, which catalogues scores of serial numbers from 1987 on through the present “it doesn’t always date the guitar,” says davidson. In 1977, gibson first introduced the serialization method that is in practice today this updated system utilizes an impressed eight digit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions the pattern is as follows: ydddyppp yy is the production year ddd is the day of the year ppp is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.