Dating fende guitars
This third iteration of the label had “Fred Gretsch Mfg. and serial No., and it said “That Great Gretsch Sound” at the bottom. The 5-digit numbers on these labels always begin with 1 or 2 and are sequential, do not follow the “date-coded” convention, and precise dates cannot be determined using the serial numbers.
In 1973, the 2nd iteration of the Baldwin era Gretsch label was introduced.
First four digits are paired up, 09 is the model number for the Stratocaster, and 00 is the neck configuration, in his case a fretted Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard. 38 is the week, 9 stands for the year, 1979, and 3 is the day of the week, which is Wednesday.
Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series. The first two digits identify the year of production and the second two digits identify the production month.The remaining numbers identify the sequential yearly factory unit number, and include all instruments, in all models, built in that factory, in that specific year.In this case it stands for the 3rd week of 1980 and was a Thursday.Ignore all the "FRR" stamps you'll find on the neck base and in the neck pocket.