Dating guitar project
If it is a USA model, it will say "Made In The USA" on the headstock just below or beside the B. The neck plates were pre-stamped and pulled out of a box at random when it was time to install the neck onto the guitar or bass. Rich instruments and also used the "BCXXXXX" numbering scheme as well as "RXXXXXX" for it’s imported models.
The Bolt On guitars serial numbers started with "BC" followed by five digits (BCXXXXX). Class Axe did make some USA instruments of very good quality.
After the year prefix, these models us a code digit of "9", indicating a set-neck model bass.
According to Guitar Dater - was made at the Nashville Plant, TN, USA December 11st, 2007 Production Number: 171 Here's some reference info for ya - to Guitar Dater - was made at the Nashville Plant, TN, USA December 11st, 2007 Production Number: 171 Here's some reference info for ya - 1965 Gibson LG-0 | 1983 Gibson Spirit | 2001 Epiphone Casino | 2001 Gibson J-45 | 2007 Gibson Melody Maker 2008 Martin DX1RGT | 2008 Epiphone MM-30E | Squier Stratocaster | Manuel Rodriguez C3 | Fullerton FW-20CEB [quote name='pohatu771]Guitar Dater Project won't tell you if it's real' date=' or not, just when and where it was made... There are some things it can't handle.[/quote'] Good for new guitars. Simply checking a serial number with Gibson yields just about the same result, becuase real numbers are showing up on fakes.
The remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.
For example, a bass guitar that is documented to have been purchased (not necessarily made) in 1980, bore the serial number #82595. The serial number is stamped on a neck plate, and like every other company, when the guitar was being finished, someone grabbed a plate out of the box and put it on in no particular, precise or documented order.
Although neck-through production never surpassed approximately 2200 guitars a year, as the '80s progressed, the serial numbers continued to get ahead of the actual year. These do not follow the same XXYYY dating scheme as the neck thru models.
If a guitar has a number of 89321, for example, it was probably built in 1987, but it could have been assembled a bit earlier or later than 1987. The serial numbers are a bit hard to date because there was no uniform way they were assigned a number at Bernie's original shop.
Subsequent research has unearthed quite a few inaccuracies in Scott's numbers, so any serial number guides cribbing from Scott are also incorrect.
The Gretsch-GEAR database exists to get it right: to document the actual serial numbers, to determine once and for all what was built and when, and to harness the collective knowledge of thousands of Gretsch fans to put the pieces together.
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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.