Gretsch used several different serial number schemes through the years.
Each of them can be used to accurately pinpoint the age of a guitar, if you have the correct information.
These were easily the most powerful amplifiers commercially produced back then.
They all had the classic features we're familiar with now: heavy steel chassis, chromed control plates, and heavy pine cases covered with tweed fabric.
The list of artists who've used a Fender guitar amp live or on record is enormous.
It seems as if everyone has used them at some point, including Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Strokes, Radiohead and White Stripes, to name but a few.
Kerry then began removing the screws that held the guitar's neck to its body, raising a question for everyone who owns a Fender electric guitar: Is this a maneuver you should try on your own?
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. me know if you find a definitive (or orugh will do) statement - I will post it (attributed of course) good luck Can you date a hagstrom from the serial number? No, Hagstroms can not be dated by the number alone.I read recently that the first two numbers are the year, but this seems wrong to me at least sometimes. Hagstrom do publish a serial number book, but (if my memory serves) the money from the sales of the book goes to the Hagstrom workers pension scheme or something - so I think they've asked for it not to be reproduced....At the Bismarck ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, Kerry Keane, working the musical instruments table, looked over a Fender Stratocaster, the guitar model that Eric Clapton, the British rock and blues guitarist, described to him once as "the perfect rock 'n' roll machine." Kerry, who works at Christie's East in New York City, had a number of clues that the guitar was assembled in 1959, including a stamped serial number on the neck plate of the guitar."But the true way to really date the guitar," Kerry told the woman who brought in the instrument, "would be to pull the neck out and to read what might be either penciled or stamped here at the end of the finger board. With mass-produced items like Fender guitars, they're made of component parts.