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The letter B was skipped, as were the letters I, O and Q since they might be confused for numbers.
Use the model codes and date codes below to determine the model and age of your amp.
For models made between 1979 - 1981, the serial number will be 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.
JTM-45 Models: 1962 - 1966 Bluesbreaker Combos: 1964 - 1972 Four-Digit Models (no series): 1965 - 1981 JCM 600 Series: 1997 - 1999 JCM 800 Series: 1981 - 1991 JCM 900 Series: 1990 - 19 Series: 1998 - 2008 Silver Jubilee Series: 1987 - 1989 30th Anniversary Series: 1992 - 1999 JTM Series: 1995 - 1998 35th Anniversary Series: 1997 only Solid State 5000 Series: 1984 - 1991 Valvestate Series: 1991 - 2000 AVT Series: 2000 - 2007 Mode Four Series: 2003 - 2008 MB Series: 2006 - 2012 Hand-Wired Reissue Series: 2004 - present JVM Series: 2007 - present Vintage Modern Series: 2007 - present Haze Series: 2009 - present MA Series: 2009 - present MG Series: 1999 - present JDM:1 Series: 2010 - present Some amps won't fit into these series (like the recent Class 5 Combo or various signature and limited edition models), so using the serial number will be your best bet to hone in on a specific date of manufacture.
To find the serial number on your Marshall amp, start by looking at the back panel of your amp.
These are still found on stickers with a bar code on the back of the amp.
Before we begin, a few caveats: The best approach is to cross-reference the serial number with known features for the model during different eras and the personal account of previous owners.
Getting the correct year is one thing, but getting the story behind an amp is the fun part.
Starting in July 1969, Marshall starting using official serial codes.
They were initially broken down into three parts: the model code, the serial production number and the date code.