Dating gretsch amps
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.
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.
Through much of the company`s history, Gretsch guitars were numbered sequentially and/or chronologically, so serial numbers (in addition to the features on the guitar) can give a very accurate idea of when the guitar was made.
They started, sensibly enough, at 001, just writing the number inside the back.
After the war that method continued, but some guitars had the serial number embossed on the headstock.
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.