Gibson amp serial number dating

GA-77RVT Vanguard: 4-6EU7, 12AU7, 7199, 2-6L6 GA-30RVT Invader: 4-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-7591, 5AR4 (most likely corresponding to Epiphone EA-12RVT Futura) GA-30RVT Invader: 4-6EU7, 2-12AU7, 2-7591, 0A2 GA-19RVT Falcon: 3-6EU7, 6C4, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (both brown and late black models correspond to Maestro M-216RVT and Epiphone EA-28RVT Pathfinder) Courtesy of Matt Lafferty and Jonathan Horne.

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Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.

For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.

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.

By verifying the date of manufacture of the Gibson amp you want to buy, you will be able to breath easy that you are getting an authentic amp for the right price.

These guitars have serial numbers, but they are NOT serialized 1 through 100.

Each guitar John Cruz makes, regardless what kind of guitar, gets the next serial number in line. I do not see it as different from any other product - where there is a demand, someone is going to fill it.When I toured the Fender factory in California in 2001, there was discussion about a possible limited edition Custom Shop replica of Number One.At that time, it was suggested that there might be as few as four replicas made.It is always good to verify the age that the serial number suggests with what the speaker source code suggests to ensure you are paying for the amp you think you are getting.*) AC/DC version was available, sometimes known as EH-110. **) AC/DC version was available, sometimes known as EH-160 (one sample can be found in Aspen Pittman's book, 3-6C5, 4-26B6, 4-25Z5). ***) AC/DC version, known as EH-195 was also available GA-77 Vanguard: 12AY7, 12AX7, 12AU7, 2-6L6, 5V4 GA-70: 12AX7, 12AY7, 12AU7, 2-6L6, 5V4 GA-55: 2-12AY7, 6SC7, 2-6L6, 5V4 GA-45 Maestro: 2-5879, 6SQ7, 12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (essentially a GA-40 with bass & treble tone controls and different speaker configuration)GA-40 Les Paul: 2-5879, 12AX7, 6SQ7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-30 Invader: 2-12AX7, 12AU7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-20: 4-12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (correspond to Epiphone EA-25 Century) GA-20T: 5879, 12AY7, 12AX7, 6SQ7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (correspond to Epiphone EA-25T Century) GA-15: 12AX7, 6SL7, 2-6V6, 5Y3GA-9: 6SJ7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-8 Gibsonette: 12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-8T Gibsonette/Discoverer: 12AX7, 2-6BM8, 5Y3 GA-6: 12AY7, 6SL7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-6 Lancer: 2-12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (identical to GA-14 Titan except for 12" speaker) GA-5 Skylark: 12AX7, 6V6, 5Y3GA-400 Super-400: 3-12AX7, 12AY7, 2-6BJ8, 2-6SK7, 6V6, 2-6550, GZ34 GA-200 Rhythm King: 2-12AX7, 12AY7, 2-6BJ8, 2-6SK7, 6V6, 2-6550, GZ34 GA-46T: 3-12AX7, 2-5879, 6SN7, 6V6, 2-6550, 5AR4 GA-85: 2-12AX7, 2-5881, 5V6, 5V4GA-100 Bass: 6EU7, 2-6BD6, 2-6FM8, 2-6L6, GZ34, 0A2 (correspond to Epiphone EA-70 Bass-Amp) GA-86 Ensemble: 2-12AX7, 2-5881, 6V6, GZ34 GA-80 Vari-Tone: 2-12AX7, 2-5879, 2-6L6, GZ34 GA-16T Viscount: 2-12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-14 Titan: 2-12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (identical to GA-6 Lancer except for 10" speaker, and Epiphone EA-30 Triumph)GA-83S Stereo-Vib: 4-12AX7, 12AU7, 3-6CG7, 4-6BQ5, GZ34 GA-88S Stereo-Twin: 3-12AX7, 4-6BQ5, GZ34 GA-87 Maestro Stereo: 3-12AX7, 4-6BQ5, GZ34 GA-78 & 79: 4-6EU7, 4-6BQ6 GA-79RVT Multi-Purpose: 3-6EU7, 7199, 12AU7, 4-6BQ5 GA-78RV Maestro 30: 3-6EU7, 7199, 12AU7, 4-6BQ5GA-1RT: 12AX7, 6BM8, 5Y3 GA-1RVT: 6EU7, 7199, 6BM8, 5Y3 (Aka Maestro M-1RVT) GA-2RT: 4-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-77RV Vanguard: 3-6EU7, 1-12AU7, 2-6L6GC, 1-GZ34 (5AR4) GA-30RV Invader: 3-6EU7, 12AU7A, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-15RV: 3-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-19RVT: 3-6EU7, 7199, 2-6V6, 5Y3GA-40T Les Paul: 3-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-7591, 5AR4 GA-60 Hercules: 2-6EU7, 2-7591, 5AR4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-65 Rivoli) GA-18T Explorer: 2-6EU7, 2-6BQ5, 6CA4 GA-8 Discoverer: 6EU7, 6C4, 2-6BQ5, 6CA4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-35 Devon) GA-8T Discoverer: 2-6EU7, 2-6BQ5, 6CA4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-35T Devon) GA-5 Skylark: 6EU7, 6C4, 2-6AQ5, 6X4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-50 Pacemaker) GA-5T Skylark: 2-6EU7, 2-6AQ5, 6X4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-50T Pacemaker) Courtesy of Allan Fredrickson.The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 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.

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