Gretsch dating guitars

The numbers for the months, October (10), November (11), and December (12), can also be interpreted as (10) January 1970, (11) January 1971 and (12) January 1972.The only way to be clear, is to have an understanding of the feature sets of the instruments from the era.This is particularly tricky in the mid `60s, when some serial numbers may belong to more than one numbering system.One last thing to remember is that Gretsch years are similar to model years for cars.

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These serial numbers were also either 5 or 6 digit numbers, depending on the month of production.Number Date 2000 - 3000's 1949 or 1950 4000 - 5000's 1951 5000 - 6000's 1952 6000 - 8000's 1953 9000 - 12000's 1954 12000 - 16000's 1955 17000 - 21000's 1956 22000 - 26000's 1957 27000 - 30000's 1958 30000 - 34000's 1959 34000 - 39000's 1960 39000 - 45000's 1961 46000 - 52000's 1962 53000 - 63000's 1963 63000 - 84000's 1964 New Serial Number Scheme 1965 to 1972 The first 2 digits show Month (Jan = 1 and Dec = 12).Next digit shows the last digit of the year starting with 5, i.e. The remaining numbers show the production order of the instrument for the year so if the last 3 digits are 759 this would be the 759th instrument produced that year.Another New Serial Number Scheme 1973 to 1981 A number is impressed into back of the headstock.The 1 or 2 digits before the hyphen show the month (1=Jan, 12=Dec.) The first digit after hyphen shows the last digit of year.On solidbodies, it's usually inside the control cavity.

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