GretschTech: Serial Numbers 1930s-1966

Close-up of a the label in a Gretsch New Yorker arch-top acoustic shows serial number 19730, dating the guitar to 1956. Previously, we’ve discussed modern Gretsch serial numbers and how to read them. Now we travel to the other end of the spectrum; to the first 30 years or so of Gretsch guitars

GretschTech: Understanding Modern Gretsch Serial Numbers

Even if this headstock didn’t say “Made in Japan,” the “J” that begins the serial number indicates that it was. The serial number on your modern Gretsch guitar or bass contains specific information about where and when it was made. This allows you to accurately date a modern Gretsch guitar by its serial number. By