How to Date a Peavey 212 Deuce Guitar Amp

Written by john kapri
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Sometimes finding out when an old amplifier was made is just a matter of locating the serial number and reading off the date. Most times it's not that easy. With no industry-wide standard, each manufacturer uses a different format to denote construction dates and sometimes even the Internet can't provide reliable information on deciphering them. On a Deuce 212 the information revealing its year of construction is located on a rear-mounted label. If the label hasn't fallen off or faded away after nearly four decade's use, you can use it to date this classic amp, according to Peavey's customer support.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Examine the rear of the amp to locate a sticker affixed to an aluminium plaque.

  2. 2

    Read the serial number printed on the sticker. It should consist of a series of numbers followed by an "A" for amp (a head) or "E" for enclosure (or combo).

  3. 3

    Count the numerals in the serial number. Deuces made in 1974 will have a four-digit number, those built in 1975 will have five-digits and those built in 1976 will have six. Deuces made between 1977 and 1979 (the last year of production) carry an eight-digit number.

Tips and warnings

  • The Peavey forum has online communities devoted to tube amps, and local instrument retailers and repairers are invaluable when seeking information about gear.
  • While the Peavey website may not list full information for the Deuce 212 and other legacy products, contacting the customer service department may assist in the dating of older equipment.

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