Gretsch used several different serial number schemes through the years. Each of them can be used to accurately pinpoint the age of a guitar, if you have the correct information. Most online guides and quite a few print guides are based on Jay Scott's groundbreaking book " Gretsch: Subsequent research has unearthed quite a few inaccuracies in Scott's numbers, so any serial number guides cribbing from Scott are also incorrect.
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Dating a Gretsch | Gretsch-Talk Forum
As such, there are a lot of vintage specimens hidden under beds, lurking in closets or parading in plain sight on shop walls and Reverb listings. Half the battle of finding a great deal or pre-empting conflict is accurately dating the guitar in question. The guide below is intended to help you identify the production year of any Gretsch guitar, given the serial number and its location on the guitar. This information has been compiled from multiple sources cited at bottom. Their collective investigative legwork deserves the respect and gratitude of us all.
Dating a Gretsch
From to , Gretsch serial numbers are sequential, but the manner and placement of the serial numbers on the guitars varies quite a bit. Toward the end of , Baldwin took over the Gretsch Company. These serial numbers were also either 5 or 6 digit numbers, depending on the month of production.
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