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The story of the Gospel Machine and it’s matching Fender Champ begins in a little town in Minnesota named Karlstad, where Christian and Ester Pedersen were farmers on a tract of land acquired through the U. In early 1957 Ester and Christian decided to purchase a new guitar and corresponding amp, and this Tele and Champ traveled all around Minnesota and the adjoining states.

Christened the “Gospel Machine” by the Pedersen family, the guitar was passed down from Ester to her daughter Adeline.

Examples: 1479 1965 JTM 45 5200 1966 JTM 45 SL/ 10584 1967 Model #1959 JMP Super Lead SP/ 20099 1967 Model #1968 JMP Super PA SB/ 10257 1967 Model #1992 JMP Super Bass S/ 10637 1968 JMP S/A 2148 A 1969 JMP More Examples The model number takes the form of four-digits preceded or followed by letter codes describing amplifiers characteristics.

In 2011 the Dumble Overdrive Special was assessed as the most valuable guitar amplifier on the market, with used amplifiers fetching on average between $70,000 and $150,000 each.

With a scant 300 Dumble amps estimated to exist, the myth, the demand and the history of each amplifier continues to grow.

These were comprised of nine digits in the format of xx-xxxxx-xx (though not always).

These serial numbers can be decoded as follows: Examples: 93-10232-12 1993 Model #9100 Valve Amp for JMP-1 RI 95-94082-45 1995 Model #2245 JTM 45 Reissue S/A 95-54517-05 1995 Model #2203 JCM 800 Master Volume RI/ 969096734 1996 Model #1987X Reissue More Examples In August of 1997 Marshall switched to their current serial number format which contains more information and is easily decoded.

Examples: M-20-Z 2000 Model #1960AX M-20-Z 2000 VBC810 Bass M-20-B 2002 Model #2203ZW JCM 800, Zakk Wylde, 524 of 600 More Examples These are printed on a sticker and affixed to the back of the amplifier and are comprised of a letter followed by ten numbers followed by another letter: A-xxxx-xx-xxxx-A.

It’s important to note that, especially in the early years, Marshall was not always consistent — there are exceptions to these rules.

Examples: S/A 4779 G 1975 Model #1987 JMP Lead S/A 4279 H 1976 Model #1987 JMP Lead S/A 08840 H 1976 Model #2204 JMP Master Volume More Examples Letters were used as date codes to represent the year of production and this letter followed the serial production number.

Letters B, I, O and Q were not used to avoid confusing letters with numbers.

The Fender Champ evolved out of the Champion 600 and 800 which launched in the late 1940’s.

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