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July 1969 - December 1983 EXAMPLE: SL/A 24523 D SL/A = Model Code 24523 = Serial Number E = Date Code This amp would have be a 100 Watt Super Lead 1972 January 1984 - October 1992 EXAMPLE: S/A T 24523 S/A = Model Code T = Date Code 24523 = Serial Number This ampwould have be a 50 Watt 1985 JCM900's The JCM900's began using a Bar Code system which consists of 9 digits which are broken down into three sections.
EXAMPLE: 950322589 95 = Year 03 = Month 22589 = 5 digit serial number This amp would have been made in March 1995.
If you have absolutely no idea whether your Marshall is old or new, a good place to start is the model name or series.
This will give you an approximate idea of the era during which your amp was manufactured.
These numbers supposedly started with 1001 and progressed from there, starting with 2001 at the beginning of 1964.
Often these specimens produced between October 1962 and December 1964 had an offset chassis.
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Note: "A" Date Code: The "A" Date Code ran for 18 months (July 1969 - December 1970) so the "B" Code was not used.
1979-1981: Some Marshalls made from 1979 to 1981 have the serial number on the front panel.
Keep in mind that no reliable serial number information exists for pre-1969 Marshall amps, so if your amp doesn't have a number matching one of the formats below, it is likely pre-1969 and identifiable by features rather than serial number.
Click on the links here to jump directly to the serial number style that matches your instrument: The earliest Marshall amp models did not have model codes or any official serialization, though some models had a simple sequential four-digit numbering system inside the back panel.