Production begins in Japan's Terada plant, mostly re-creating classic models. Teles and Strat must be unsoldered to be re-painted. I've not changed the tuners but may one day. But if you're paying top dollar for a non-conformant example, I would think twice especially if you are ever going to sell it again : Check the nail holes. If that's the case, then mine must be from the 80's like I had originally thought.
Gretsch is family owned, growing to major distribution. The serial number is printed on a sticker located on the back of the neck, close to where the neck attaches to the body. Not all schemes are covered here! The numbers and decals are produced far in advance. Being a sticker, many are ripped off or wear off over the years. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E3 + 5 digits E4 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Set the pickup switch to the middle position.
Stratocaster Between 1973 and 1981 there were periods that this is not consistently done. Unless the guitar is blond, or made in early 1956 or before, the body wood should be Alder. Be aware these nails were inserted by humans with a hammer. Looking forward to seeing some better pics. It is commonly found on models, among others.
These serial numbers are easily recognized as a white sticker with a black border, usually found on the back of the headstock or the heel of the neck. Used on Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Jazz Bass, Precision bass and other models. Therefore some guitars will still be original, even if they don't pass all the following specs. The tuners really do give the headstock a different vibe which I don't mind at all. So shooting a new custom color over a bad finish would be killing two birds with one stone. Hit the jump to see just how old that guitar or bass really is. Bud you can see the end of the word Stratocaster.
So the location of these holes can vary. Perhaps these guitars were special show models, so extra care was taken in their finish. This could save a considerable amount of money when painting thousands of guitars. Fender Era: 2002 - Present Brand new Gretsch guitars seen hanging in shops today are the result of Fender's respect for the company's loyal fan base, an understanding of the Gretsch aesthetic and tight quality control. Serial numbers without letter prefixes have been found dating through 1996; these are six-, seven- and eight-digit serial numbers with the first numeral or first two numerals in the eight-digit numbers indicating year of manufacture. Recently I have purchased this exact guitar. Place the tape measure at the inside of the nut and measure out to the distance that was doubled in prior step.
In summary: A bunch of small but fuss-budgety details and traits that aggravate the heck out of me. The reason is purely financial. Sorry to the curious, myself included, but I think I will leave the sticker on. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate. According to the E9xxxxx serial number, it's a 1989 model.
I frikken love this bass Show us yours! At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the head or on the cover plate of the vibrato. I'd love to find a second one with the black body and Bigsby it! If the paint is thick, then the finish is not original even on original Fenders with multiple finishes, the film thickness is still very thin. A Z0 prefix dates back to 2000, a Z1 to 2001 etc. Looks like the saddle adjusting screws have been turned all the way out or all the way in. Could be that the imports were made by more than one guitar maker also, based on the model perhaps, and that may be a difference between an ink number or label number.
Hondo dreadnaught acoustic guitar from the Standard Series. Gretsch is unique in that it started as a family company, was bought out and later taken back by the family, only to be bought a second time. Then it could be put into the paint production system to be painted as if it was a new guitar. Fullerplast is a clear, sprayed chemically curing sealer, unaffected by solvents after it dries. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1988 For U. Early 1954 to mid-1956 Ash bodies in Sunburst were done differently.
Of course the financial disadvantage to using an undercoat is it takes more time. Then during 1955, that undercoat changed to a white seemingly the same finish used on native blond Telecasters. Z0 denotes 2000; Z1 denotes 2001, etc. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1989 For U. If Fender had the time to use undercoat, they did. Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
According to interviews with George Fullerton, the idea of standardizing custom colors came about in 1958 even though the first color chart wasn't available till 1960. Edited to add: What does it say below the Squier logo? Example: A serial number showing 118145 would indicate a guitar made in November 11 of 1968 8 that was the 145th down the assembly line that month. This approximately six foot high device could hold about 40 bodies while they dried, while using very little physical space. Contemporary Gretsch serial numbers have a two letter prefix indicating the location of manufacture, followed by a two-digit year, a two-digit month and a four-digit production number relating to that specific factory for the given year. Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity. Also with time nitrocellulose paint shrinks. I have also sanded my strat body down.