Some American-made guitars were offered in 19 and more recently.
In 2003 Fender Musical Instruments Corporation secured an agreement to manufacture and distribute Gretsch.
Gretsch used several different serial number schemes through the years.
Each of them can be used to accurately pinpoint the age of a guitar, if you have the correct information.
Date-coded serial numbers are typically found stamped on the back or top of the headstock, and "Made in USA" is stamped next to the number starting in June 1967. The next digit = last digit of the year (1966 to 1972: 6,7,8,9,0,1,2).
The remaining digits = number of individual instrument, probably.
In 1967 Gretsch, was bought by Baldwin Pianos, which reorganized it as a subsidiary.Another New Serial Number Scheme 1973 to 1981 A number is impressed into back of the headstock.The 1 or 2 digits before the hyphen show the month (1=Jan, 12=Dec.) The first digit after hyphen shows the last digit of year.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.