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