Dating guitar project
page=1)Be aware that these numbers — while considered by most authorities to be accurate — may be substantially off.
The coded serial number style began in February or March 1965.
(Numbers are consecutive, but all number/year matches are approximate)1965 to 1972 serial numbers(Most numbers are on the back or top of the headstock, and "Made in USA" is stamped next to the number starting in June 1967). The next digit = last digit of the year (1965 to 1972: 5,6,7,8,9,0,1,2).
The remaining digits = number of individual instrument, probably. (i.e., 1974 would be 4)Last 3 digits = number of the instrument.
Modern (Post-Fender) serial numbers When Fender took over production in January 2003 the serial number scheme changed again.
Serial number JT03074463, for example, breaks down as: Specific models are no longer designated within the serial number.
This label should be on all guitars after number 25000.
Lower numbers will always appear on earlier guitars, higher numbers on later guitars.
Early (sequential) serial numbers Gretsch began numbering it`s guitars sequentially in 1939, beginning with the better models.
They started, sensibly enough, at 001, just writing the number inside the back.
For a brief period rarely found labels were used that look like the second-generation labels, except "in a logo-type font across the top.
These labels list model and serial numbers and along the bottom reads "Made in U. A."On modern Gretsches, the serial number is usually readily visible on the back of the headstock.