I hope this info helps and doesn't confuse the issue! Good luck,Mark. According the the serial number 20755, this guitar was built in 1956. Probably all Gretsch's with serial numbers 0 were all built in 1956.1949 to 1965 Gretsch Serial numbers are stamped in INK on the inside, visible through the sound holes or on the Gretsch label.anyway, your guitar.
According the the serial number 20755, this guitar was built in 1956. Probably all Gretsch's with serial numbers 0 were all built in 1956.: 1949 to 1965 Gretsch Serial numbers are stamped in INK on the inside, visible through the sound holes or on the Gretsch label.: anyway, your guitar. From the info you gave i believe that it is a 1956 Streamliner.: your guitar should be similiar to these specs:: should have a Maple top with:: TUNERS: Grover StaTite: PICKUPS: One DeArmond: CONTROLS: One tone and one volume: BRIDGE: Melita: TAILPIECE: Gretsch trapeze 'G' tailpiece: Double bound top and back, single bound 'f' holes: 'Electromatic' on peghead but no zigzag pattern: Block or humptop fingerboard inlays: COLORS: it came in a Jaguar Tan or Bamboo Yellow top with Copper mist back. Jaguar Tan 6189 offered as special order. Anything else.: here, i did find a picture of a 56 streamliner:: www.gretschpages.com/models/6189streamliner/56-streamliner.jpg:.this is a model 6190 Sunburst (there is also a 6191 Natural too) but should look the same.: copy and paste the url in your browser, and you're set:: i hope this helps. Please reply and tell me if this info was any help. Sounds like you have a great guitar.
Locate the serial number. Pre-1976 Conrad guitars usually have serial numbers on the metal neck plate, which is on the back of the guitar, where the neck meets the body. Unfortunately these numbers didn't indicate the year but only served to track the warranty.Determine the type of electromagnetic pickups the guitar has if the serial number is on the neck plate.
Single-coil, trapezoid-face pickups are from the mid- to late 1960s, and larger single- and dual-coil pickups are from the early 1970s. Regular-size humbucking pickups and more Stratocaster-like single coils are from the early to mid-1970s.Determine if the guitar was made after 1976 to 1978. If the serial number is somewhere other than the neck plate, the guitar was probably made after 1976. Production of Conrad guitars stopped in 1978.
Through much of the company`s history, Gretsch guitars were numbered sequentially and/or chronologically, so serial numbers (in addition to the features on the guitar) can give a very accurate idea of when the guitar was made.
It`s also worth noting that Gretsch used several different serial number systems through the years, and you need to make sure you`re looking at the right one. This is particularly tricky in the mid `60s, when some serial numbers may belong to more than one numbering system.
Gretsch began numbering it`s guitars sequentially in 1939, beginning with the better models. They started, sensibly enough, at 001, just writing the number inside the back. After the war that method continued, but some guitars had the serial number embossed on the headstock. With the advent of labels in the late `40s, the serial number is usually found on the label, which is usually visible through the soundhole on hollowbody models. On solidbodies, it`s usually inside the control cavity.
Lower numbers will always appear on earlier guitars, higher numbers on later guitars. Remember that 2000 and 2001 guitars will, of course, not begin with a 9. Also, on guitars built in October, November or December, the third AND fourth digits denote the month.
Beginning in the late 1940`s, Gretsches have labels with a printed serial number and a handwritten model number. On hollowbodies, the label is usually visible through the f-hole. On other models such as solidbodies, it should be inside a control cavity. From about 1949 to 1957 watch for a white rectangular label that reads:
The serial number will probably be printed in red, and the model number written in blue or black. The label has a fairly ornate border around it, but the "Gretsch" is usually printed in a plain font. However, some have "Gretsch" printed as the familiar logo.
Finally, sometime around 1972 a plain black and white label was introduced. With "Gretsch Guitars" in a logo-type font across the top. These labels list model and serial numbers and along the bottom reads "Made in U.S.A."
We share all the information the internet has to offer. If your serial number yields no results, scroll down past the decoder and manually check your number to the nearest result, and you can get a general idea of where your guitar started its life.
Some brands display the same serial numbers on different guitars. The result of this means you end up with overlaps. This causes considerable confusion when establishing what era your guitar is from. 2b1af7f3a8