Ampeg is a manufacturer best known for its bass amplifiers. Although the company specializes in the production of bass amplifiers , it has previously manufactured guitar amplifiers , pickups and several instruments including, double basses , bass guitars , and electric guitars. Everett Hull born Charles Everitt Hull , a pianist and bassist working with Lawrence Welk in Chicago, had invented a pickup for upright bass in an effort to amplify his instrument with more clarity. Hull's design placed a transducer atop a support peg inside the body of his instrument, inspiring his wife Gertrude to name the invention the "Ampeg," an abbreviated version of "amplified peg.
I pulled this information from Google's cache of the site. If anyone feels this page should be taken down, please feel free to contact me. Ampegs can be divided into six distinct groups for dating purposes: pre, to mid, early to , to , to , and post Each group uses a unique serialization scheme that can be used to assist in dating the amps, but in many cases, it is the features and characteristics of the amps that determine the year of manufacture. Electronic Industries Association EIA codes can also be very useful for giving clues as to an amp's age. These codes can be found on speakers, transformers, pots, capacitors, and multi-section electrolytic "can" caps.
Jan 27, Sep 7, Kansas City, MO. Alright Ampeg gurus, I have a serial number question about an amp I just got.
Ampeg has been a huge part of amplifier history, with amplifiers dating back to the mid s that have been used by bands such as The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Television, Booker T and the MG's, The Clash and others. Ampeg amplifiers have evolved over the decades. Being able to place specific products in their time period is a great way to assess value and impress fellow gearheads. Ampeg did utilize serial numbers when producing their amps, but these numbers can sometimes be inaccurate. The best way to date an Ampeg amp is based on its specific features and characteristics.