Dating gretsch electromatic
In a business consolidation, The New York Gretsch operation was moved down to the Arkansas facility in 1970.Production focused on Gretsch, and Burns guitars were basically discontinued. That's what it was like when I picked this up, cant explain it - it's just so fabulous to play. I dont know if it was, but I am assured by the lad I bought it from that it was. Here is the factory spec: A hand-crafted Honduras Mahogany body & bookmatched Flamed Maple top is lovingly finished with 14 layers of hand-buffed lacquer.Here is the Technical: Origianl finish was stripped down to the natural Mahogany and hand-finished with Tung Oil to reveal a beautiful wood grain. I once had the great pleasure of playing with Slade in the Isle of Arran around 69-70. It's oversized dovetail joint connects a 3-piece Mahogany neck with a quarter-sawn Rosewood fingerboard and Mother-of-Pearl crown inlays.Unfortunately, correct information can be very difficult to come by.Most online guides (and quite a few print guides) are based on Jay Scott's groundbreaking book "Gretsch: the guitars of the Fred Gretsch Company," which is a fine book, but is nearly two decades old.This would be a great reason to buy the book :-) HOWEVER!
Friedrich Gretsch was born in 1856, and emigrated to America when he was 16.
Instruments currently produced in Japan since 1989, the U. Instruments were originally produced in New York City, NY from the early 1900s to 1970, in Booneville, AR from 1970 to 1979, and various other assembly locations between 19.
Distributed by the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation (FMIC) in Scottsdale, AZ since 2003.
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.
Date-coded serial numbers are typically found stamped on the back or top of the headstock, and "Made in USA" is stamped next to the number starting in June 1967. The next digit = last digit of the year (1966 to 1972: 6,7,8,9,0,1,2).