Ampeg has been a huge part of amplifier history, with amplifiers dating back to the mid s that have been used by bands such as The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Television, Booker T and the MG's, The Clash and others. Ampeg amplifiers have evolved over the decades. Being able to place specific products in their time period is a great way to assess value and impress fellow gearheads. Ampeg did utilize serial numbers when producing their amps, but these numbers can sometimes be inaccurate. The best way to date an Ampeg amp is based on its specific features and characteristics. Identify physical characteristics of the amp that could determine its era. The first generation of Ampeg amps were small bass combo amps, usually brown or blue in color.
Feb 15, Music Man amps look very much like a typical Fender combo amp from the 60ies or 70ies. Like those black-face Fenders, they have a black control plate, a silver grill cloth to protect the speakers, and are covered with black tolex. The handle and the casters on some models are also very similar to Fender. Unlike Fenders, the Music Man amps never. Dating an early HD mike kaus: 3: 1: am: Need Help on a Music Man amp. Jim Redmond: 1: 1: am: Identifying RD50 circuit REV # Dirk Wacker: 1: 1: am: Music Man amp selection: Hubert: 6: 1: pm: Creating an our database: Mike Kaus: 3: 1: am: Music Man. Sep 15, Identify physical characteristics of the amp that could determine its era. The first generation of Ampeg amps were small bass combo amps, usually brown or blue in color. Their grill cloths were often a circular shape. Blue checkered grill cloths were '60s designs. Later amps from the '70s were made in more silver and blue or teal color schemes.
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Rosewood boards started appearing late '79 and the switch from 3 bolt to 4 bolt necks happened around '80, and the string-thru body ended around '80 also. Also pre Ernie Ball Stingrays did not have body contours for the forearm or belly. If you take apart the bass, usually the neck and body are both date stamped in the neck pocket area.
Jun 05, You'll have to dig around websites to find what details to look for. If it only said 'MusicMan' on the headstock and not 'Ernie Ball Musicman', then it's a pre Ernie Ball (before ). Rosewood boards started appearing late '79 and the switch from 3 bolt to 4 bolt necks happened around '80, and the string-thru body ended around '80 also. May 08, they are great amps, but are LOUD and CLEAN sounding. they DO happen to make great mod platforms for Fuchs conversions, which is cool. i have bought old music man combos several times over the years for $$ at pawsnhops whenever i needed an amp on the cheap - stick some good pedals in front of it, and you can get some great tones! Jun 12, For pre-EBMM serial numbers, You can check this site for more info on the early Music Man instruments (This site is not run by the Ernie Ball company): mcauctionservicellc.com If you have any other questions regarding your instrument, please email Music Man Customer Service at: [email protected]
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Mar 17, Anyone know a resource for decoding MusicMan amplifier serial numbers or dating? Thanks. Mar 16, #2. 64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member. Posts: 4, Joined: Oct 6, The only way to date a Music Man amp is to remove the chassis from the cabinet and look for date codes on the chassis or on labels either inside or outside. Music Man Amplifier Dating? If you remove the upper back cover, quite often there is a date stamp on a sticker on the right hand side of the amp chassis (seen from the back). To narrow down the vintage you can answer these questions: 1. Does the amp have 6L6 or EL34/6CA7 output tubes? 2. Does the EV speaker have a date code on it perhaps? Visit Ernie Ball Music Man. A family-owned, American instrument manufacturer in San Luis Obispo, CA since Shop Ernie Ball Music Man guitars and basses.
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To narrow down the vintage you can answer these questions: 1.
Does the EV speaker have a date code on it perhaps? I've never seen silver badges on a white pinwale MM, but they may exist out there.
Does yours have black or silver badges? Your amp is the RD head, not the combo so forget the second question in the last post.
If by silver badges you mean the place where the identification numbers are embossed then silver. If not then what do you mean badges?
I have been researching and it looks like it is between '80 and '84 maybe? Good chance there is a date written on the inside with a sharpie marker.
The transformers are also stamped with a serial number that identifies the year the tranny was built. Todd Rohrer roxide Username: roxide Registered: