Gretsch drums serial dating
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.Recently Graduated From Cornell University Fred Gretsch, Jr., oldest son of Fred Gretsch, head of the Fred Gretsch Mfg. turer, importer and wholesaler of musical merchandise, 60 Broadway, Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated last month with a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University, and has entered the firm to learn the business. Gretsch, who is the third Fred Gretsch in the history of this forty-three-year-old concern, achieved scholastic distinction at Cornell and promises to make good in business rapidly.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.
If you are having a hard time and need more help then visit our drum forum which is the largest vintage drum forum on the Internet become a member and ask your Gretsch questions there.On solidbodies, it's usually inside the control cavity.Note also that Gretsch, like the Detroit automakers, had model years, so in the same way a '57 Thunderbird may have been made in 1956, a '57 White Falcon may have been made earlier.Subsequent research has unearthed quite a few inaccuracies in Scott's numbers, so any serial number guides cribbing from Scott are also incorrect.The Gretsch-GEAR database exists to get it right: to document the actual serial numbers, to determine once and for all what was built and when, and to harness the collective knowledge of thousands of Gretsch fans to put the pieces together.