Dating gretsch snare drums

dating gretsch snare drums

Do Gretsch Drums have serial numbers?

With most other drum companies, serial numbers are considered very helpful tools, but not with Gretsch. The lack of understanding of Gretschs use of serial numbers leaves the vintage drum owner relatively few tools for estimating the age of their vintage Gretsch drum.

What are the different characteristics of Gretsch drums?

The paper looks at thirteen different characteristics of Gretsch drums from the 1962-1984 era. These characteristics, including badge styles, label styles, hardware, wraps and throw-offs, are recorded and then compared to each other.

How can you tell how old a Gretsch round badge is?

The Gretsch Round Badge was used for many years, so the best way to date Vintage Gretsch drums is to look at the interior of the shells. Natural or Silver sealer, then we can look at the number of plys in the shell.

What is the serial number/date relationship on a drum?

The serial number/date relationship allows establishment of start and stop dates for changes in various physical characteristics. The result is a dating guide designed to estimate a drums age based upon not only its serial number but also numerous other characteristics.

Is there a serial number based dating guide for Gretsch drums?

The goal was to determine if a serial number based dating guide could be created for vintage Gretsch drums. After all, serial number dating guides had been developed for Ludwig, Slingerland and Rogers, so why not Gretsch?

Did Gretsch make many drums in the 1980s and 1990s?

During the 1980s and 1990s, it appears that Gretsch did not make many drums. I do not have a significant enough number of reports of serial numbers and known dates from this time period to be able to give you anything very definitive.

How can you tell if a Gretsch is a pre-war guitar?

In the early years ( 1939-1945) Gretsch started with handwritten sequential serial numbers ( 001-999 ), written directly on the inside of the guitar. Often these serials are vague or almost illegible or completely erased. If you see at least three hard-to-read numbers, you can be pretty sure that it is a pre-war instrument.

When did Gretsch start numbering their guitars?

Various other serial numbering systems existed before then that stretch far back into Gretsch history—all the way back to the very earliest Gretsch guitars of the 1930s. We’ll cover those older serial numbering systems in another installment.

Do all drums have serial numbers and date codes?

Fifty-eight have date stamps but badges without serial numbers and 120 additional drums have serial numbers and Date Codes. In total, information from more than 5,700 drums has been gathered to assist with analysis of trends and patterns that are serial number based and not date based.

How many Ludwig Drums have serial numbers and date stamps?

As of December 10, 2013, a database of 1,442 reliable reports of serial numbers and date stamps from the main line of Ludwig drums has been compiled. Fifty-eight have date stamps but badges without serial numbers and 120 additional drums have serial numbers and Date Codes.

Is there a guide to serial number and date stamp combinations?

In the 1999-2005 time frame, several guides were published which report known serial number and date stamp combinations and/or show the general relationship between serial number and date.* These addressed the Keystone badge drums of the 1960s and ventured only slightly into the Blue/Olive badges which replaced them in 1969.

Can I identify my Tama superstar drum set by serial number?

Can I Identify my Drum Set by Serial Number? Unfortunately, Tama does not publish a serial number identification guide. I did find a site which features the Tama catalogs and includes specs for each Superstar set. Scroll down to the second catalog and click on the first panel, then click to enlarge the specs.

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