Dating gretsch amps
Modern (Pre-Fender) serial numbers Serial numbers have six numbers, with a three digit suffix. The final numbers are the sequential order of the model made during the lifespan of the model (not that year).For example, 946119-976 would be a June 1994 Tennessee Rose, the 976th made.On this one, "" was printed in black on an orange shape that vaguely resembles a musical note. On the white part, the serial number is printed, and the model number should be handwritten.This label should be on all guitars after number 25000.From the dawn of amplification when the number of tubes and rectifiers was the badge of quality (in the catalog descriptions, anyway), through the advent of the transistor, where 'instant-on' was the big deal, Silvertone amplifiers provided players with the extra volume and distinctive tone they needed, at a Sears Roebuck easy payment price.How many newspapers were delivered to pay for a Silvertone amplifier?On the other hand, some less popular models may have sat on the shelf for years before being sold as new.Technically, they are new, since they`ve never been sold, but the build date could predate the sales date by a substantial amount.
After the war that method continued, but some guitars had the serial number embossed on the headstock.
From about 1949 to 1957 watch for a white rectangular label that reads: Fred Gretsch Mfg. However, some have "Gretsch" printed as the familiar logo.
Beginning in about 1957 a new label was introduced, which lasted until about 1965.
Guitars were usually made in batches of 100, and specification changes can be tied to serial numbers with considerable accuracy (see Charting the Changes:
page=1)Be aware that these numbers — while considered by most authorities to be accurate — may be substantially off.