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Information on Gretsch Serial Numbers

Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.  For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.

 

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. 5=1965, 1=1971 etc.

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.
The remaining 3 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.


 
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