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We recently wrote an article detailing that rich history (which you can read here), but for those simply looking to figure out how old their Marshall amp is, we offer this shortcut.
The guide below will help you quickly and clearly date Marshall amps and cabinets, without us waxing poetic about their influence.
Amps from this era still have the block-style Marshall logo and a centered chassis.
The model codes below should help you identify which model you have, while the characteristics described for each year should help with dating.
Getting the correct year is one thing, but getting the story behind an amp is the fun part.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.The same model codes from the previous section of this article still apply, although the model code "RI" is also seen for reissues. Starting in October 1992, Marshall moved away from stamped metal plate serials and began using stickers with a xx-xxxxx-xx format serial and a bar code. The sticker-based nine digit scheme lasted through July 1997.These serials are much easier to understand, as they don't include any model or date codes.
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Starting in July 1969, Marshall starting using official serial codes.