Help Locating SVT CL Serial #

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  1. leemelone

    leemelone

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    I'm trying to locate the serial # of my SVT CL and try to figure out the year it was made. It's a LOUD Technologies version made in Korea. The only thing I can find is a bar code over the ohm selector switch. Pic attached. :help:
     

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  2. Jerrold Tiers

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    I do not know how theirs works, but it should be coded into the serial. Seems like I saw an explanation of the Loud system...

    Anyhow, they HAVE TO have a date code somewhere, it's a requirement. Mostly they are in the serial number.
     
  3. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

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    The serial number is normally on a tag on the back of the amp. On the SVT VR in the case, the serial number is clearly marked on the tag.

    Without a serial number, you can estimate the date of manufacture from the codes on the pots inside the chassis.


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  4. Vintage-Blue

    Vintage-Blue Gold Supporting Member

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    For what it's worth, this is what the s/n label looked like on a SVT-CL I used to have. I have no idea how to read these new serial
    numbers but when I had issues with this amp it was pegged by Hodgy at Ampeg as being built in Nov. 2012, based on the s/n.

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  6. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

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    Here is an updated decode. Like the one that Mark posted above.



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    Here is the style that was used before that one.



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  7. Vintage-Blue

    Vintage-Blue Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks David. I wish they had mentioned how the month is encoded too. Hodgy could tell mine was built in November. My s/n showed an 'E' for the year which matched up to 2012. The next letter looks like 'V'. I wonder if they somehow use a letter from the spelling of the month?
     
  8. hodgy

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    Actually Mark, our most recent date codes do a letter for every 2 week period, so A= Jan 1-15, B= Jan 16-31, etc.
    To the original poster, maybe the SN label is UNDER the label that's in the pic? Because that label sure isn't one of ours.
     
  9. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

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    Hodgy, could you post an example of the newest serial number and how the letters and numbers break down? I think that a lot of people would find it valuable.
     
  10. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

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    According to what Hodgy said, V would be the first two weeks in November.
     
  11. leemelone

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    Thanks guys but I still unable to locate anything that has any letters in it. See the attached pic in the first post. :meh:
     
  12. Vintage-Blue

    Vintage-Blue Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks Hodgy, that's good to know!
     
  13. DRafalske

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    So how does one date an SVT with that kind of serial number? I have one just like that, seems I can find info for everything but that style.

    Thanks for any help?

    Dave
     
  14. JimmyM

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    2007. The T in the 5th digit is the year, and the 6th digit is month of manufacture, so yours was made July 2007. www.unofficialampeg.com/dating.html for how to interpret the serial numbers of different years.
     
  15. DRafalske

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    Thanks Jimmy. That's not actually my amp, I just used that pic as an example, but the 5th digit of my serial is a U, so I that makes it a 2008. 6th digit is 2, so, February.
    Thanks for the info!
     
  16. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

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    It's your amps birthday!
     
  17. JimmyM

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    Yep. Sometime in 2008 they went to the new system at LOUD, and yours was before it was implemented.
     
  18. DRafalske

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    Haha! Indeed. I never thought of it like that. It got a whole new set of JJ's for it's birthday too, lucky devil.

    Thanks again, guys!

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