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This is particularly tricky in the mid `60s, when some serial numbers may belong to more than one numbering system.
One last thing to remember is that Gretsch years are similar to model years for cars.
After the war that method continued, but some guitars had the serial number embossed on the headstock.
That said, there are several tricks to successfully dating your Gretsch guitar.
Serial number JT03074463, for example, breaks down as: Beginning in the late 1940`s, Gretsches have labels with a printed serial number and a handwritten model number.
On hollowbodies, the label is usually visible through the f-hole. Model ________ Serial No.__________ Musical Instrument Makers Since 1883 The serial number will probably be printed in red, and the model number written in blue or black.
Also, on guitars built in October, November or December, the third AND fourth digits denote the month.
Modern (Post-Fender) serial numbers When Fender took over production in January 2003 the serial number scheme changed again.
Lower numbers will always appear on earlier guitars, higher numbers on later guitars.