Vintage Gretsch Guitars

How to read serial number?

1

I have a 6120, Chet Atkins. The serial number can be read 2 ways. The 4 digit number is aligned vertically on the back of the headstock. It can be read 9688 or 8896. See photo. Can anyone tell me which is correct?

2

It's 9688; September (9) 1966 (6), 88th guitar made that month. Fell free to post more pics; one per post and add some text.

3

Yes... lx has it covered. The giveaway is that by '68 there would have been "Made in the USA" stamped next to the number.

4

Hey Ed is it safe to assume that if this was a left handed guitar the serial would be 8896 (and thus have the “made in US” stamp)? I’d assume the # would be applied to be read while in playing position.

Not trying to imply that’s the case here, just curious given Gretsch’s history of, shall we say, being a little different and me not knowing if the serials were stamped prior to the neck being glued to a body.

5

Ha... I doubt they put that much thought into it.


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