If you'd like to learn more about Gretsch serial numbers, we highly recommend Ed Ball's "Gretsch 6120: The History of a Legendary Guitar." Ball is one of the key researchers who have determined the actual dates, years and features Gretsch serial numbers correspond to.
Gretsch began date-coding serial numbers in August 1966.
The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the EG models.
Like the CE models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar.
According to Guitar Dater - was made at the Nashville Plant, TN, USA December 11st, 2007 Production Number: 171 Here's some reference info for ya - to Guitar Dater - was made at the Nashville Plant, TN, USA December 11st, 2007 Production Number: 171 Here's some reference info for ya - 1965 Gibson LG-0 | 1983 Gibson Spirit | 2001 Epiphone Casino | 2001 Gibson J-45 | 2007 Gibson Melody Maker 2008 Martin DX1RGT | 2008 Epiphone MM-30E | Squier Stratocaster | Manuel Rodriguez C3 | Fullerton FW-20CEB [quote name='pohatu771]Guitar Dater Project won't tell you if it's real' date=' or not, just when and where it was made... There are some things it can't handle.[/quote'] Good for new guitars. Simply checking a serial number with Gibson yields just about the same result, becuase real numbers are showing up on fakes.
This system was used for the guitars distributed by L. In the late '70s as production grew, the serial numbers begin to get ahead of themselves since only 1000 numbers were available in a series.
Rich in 1974, a system of serial number coding began using a 5-digit code (XXYYY) with the first 2 digits indicating the year and the last 3 indicating the production number.
The remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.
For example, serial number 07100091 indicates a guitar built in 2007 (07), in October of that year (10), and that it was the 91st guitar made that month (0091).