Vox guitar serial number dating
It takes days to make each Taylor guitar, and the serial number indicates only the day a particular guitar was started in assembly.Effective November 2, 2009, Taylor officially revised its serial numbering system.In view of the mustard caps and the mixed bag of resistors in the preamp, this amp is likely to have been made by Triumph, perhaps in 1966, but early 1967 is equally possible. The blue Hunts capacitors have the date code "TNS" = 47th week of 1965. The same maker made the transformers for the solid state range, also assembled at the West Street Works in Erith, which Vox shared with Burndept. Also from around this point one finds bulbous red Lemco capacitors in the preamp.Approaching the end of its contract with JMI in mid '67, Triumph built a number of amps to use up stocks of components. Pot codes "EM", "JM", and "KM" = May, October and November 1965 - and for the Normal Channel volume "AN" = January 1966. The output transformer is one of the new black-topped units, the mains one of the earlier plain metal topped.The new, 10-digit serial numbering format identifies the factory of production, year, date and the assigned number of the guitar on that day’s production schedule, although the numerical sequence is slightly different from the previous system.For example, the serial number for the first guitar built in the El Cajon factory on November 2, 2009 is 1011029001.
The new serial numbering convention takes into account Taylor’s two manufacturing locations: its main complex in El Cajon, California and a second factory complex located in nearby Tecate, Mexico.Our numbering system was a little less sophisticated in the early days, and we didn’t adhere to an actual production “schedule” until 1987.If your serial number is near the tail-end of a particular year’s sequence (pre-1987), your guitar might have been made very late that year, or very early the following year.*From 1993 until the end of 1999, each Taylor guitar featured a nine-digit serial number that precisely pinpoints when work was begun on that guitar.(As of 2000, the serial number expanded to 11 digits to accommodate the four-digit year designation.) Reading left to right, the first two digits (or four starting in 2000) represent the year; the second pair of digits represents the month; and the third pair of digits represents the calendar day that work was begun.