Dating gretsch drums

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.Subsequent research has unearthed quite a few inaccuracies in Scott's numbers, so any serial number guides cribbing from Scott are also incorrect.It is common to see lugs and strainers attached crookedly as well. Below is a quote from the cover of a 1962 Kent catalog. The date actually refers to a Kent distributor and not the Kent Manufacturing Company.

In addition, these guitars followed no known numbering scheme.

As of July 2011, the current thinking is that the first digit probably denotes the year, while the following numbers remain a mystery.

Serial numbers on Korean made guitars in this era were printed on a sticker affixed to the back of the headstock.

This sticker, along with the "Made in Korea" sticker, went missing almost immediately — sometimes before the guitar even left the store.

Often, actual production dates were stamped inside the drum shells. These maple shell drums varied in construction quality.

Some were beautifully finished inside, with true bearing edges (see photo below), while other drum shells were crudely assembled, with dark brown glue smeared on the inside and virtually no bearing edges.The Kent Drum Company was started in 1947 by two brothers, Ed and Bill Kent.Located in Kenmore, New York, The Kent Manufacturing Company produced snare drums, drum sets and accessories. Before starting the Kent Manufacturing Company, Bill Kent was employed by the drums of the same period.Each of them can be used to accurately pinpoint the age of a guitar, if you have the correct information.Unfortunately, correct information can be very difficult to come by.Remember that 20 guitars will, of course, not begin with a 9.

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