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How do you date SWR gear?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tim1, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Is there a site where you can date SWR amps and cabs by serial number?If not are there some simple guidelines? I cannot find one and all this talk about pre and post fender has gained my attention. I have several items from past years that it would be interesting to be able to link to earlySWR/late SWR/fender. Having said that, it has always worked fine for me and I enjoy my Goliaths coupled to my Mesa 400+ more than to my SM900.
  2. Dinner and a movie is always a safe bet when you're dating something that you're not familiar with. SWR gear usually doesn't like horror movies. I would suggest a comedy. After that, possibly an Italian or Brazilian restaurant. SWR gear LOVES Brazilian restaurants. After that ut's up to you to work the magic...

    Sorry to totally derail your thread. If it helps, I have no idea how to find out how old SWR gear is.
    Captain Jeff likes this.
  3. DUDE! If you don't know how to tell how old they you better NOT date 'em! You can get in trouble that way.

    I almost hooked up with an SWR amp I met online, but we just didn't click so we had 1 drink and went our seperate ways.
  4. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I should have known better - having seen a similar thing happen to other threads I should have phrased my request less ambiguously. And to answer the next question in advance - no I am not prepared to describe how I managed to couple with a Mesa400+! Thanks for putting a smile on my face anyway, but I would be interested if anyone actually does know the answer to the genuine question.
  5. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Perhaps an email to SWR?

    If you have the cover off, look for date codes on transformers and electrolytic capacitors...the EIA code format would be something like a two, three or four digit number followed by a dash or space followed by four digits. Of the last four digits the first two should be the year and the second two the week.

    If you get parts that were made late in the year, it's probably safe to assume that the amp was made the next year.

    Also, look at www.SWRsound.com, seems to me that they give year ranges for some of the vintage amps.
  7. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
  9. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    Try removing the amps top cover and look inside for a date.
  10. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner
    You beat me to it Alex.:)
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I was thinking along these lines, but yours is much better than mine would've been. Nice work.