Dating a guitar

Toward the end of 1967, Baldwin took over the Gretsch Company.“Made In USA” was added to the serial number stamp and the numbers were date coded in the same way that they had been between ’65 and ’67.These serial numbers were also either 5 or 6 digit numbers, depending on the month of production.The numbers were once again located on the back of the headstock and would have been printed in Gold, Black or White (depending on the color of the guitar).

The first two digits designate the year of manufacture, followed by two digits denoting the month.

The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.

Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.

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