1 DCBirdMan 8 months ago With Fender, the conventional theory is even though CBS acquired the company at the start of 1965, things were done the same way for at least six months before management and cost cutters etc came in and started making changes. So pre CBS spec really until mid 1965. With Gretsch, the conventional theory is (is?) even tho Baldwin acquired them in 1967, with a few exceptions (aluminum knobs, etc) things were pretty much the same up to 1970 when they moved to Booneville.. One other change may have been binding -- just my theory - since late 60s binding rot seems to be worse than earlier years, maybe Baldwin bought cheaper binding material. Still, isn't it thought that the main change was the builders since the old school Brooklyn staff didn't make the move -- it was a new staff -- is that really the difference, if 1970s quality was more uneven than 1960s?