Dating a gretsch broadkaster
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.Recently Graduated From Cornell University Fred Gretsch, Jr., oldest son of Fred Gretsch, head of the Fred Gretsch Mfg. turer, importer and wholesaler of musical merchandise, 60 Broadway, Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated last month with a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University, and has entered the firm to learn the business. Gretsch, who is the third Fred Gretsch in the history of this forty-three-year-old concern, achieved scholastic distinction at Cornell and promises to make good in business rapidly.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.
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It does have a Broadkaster style headstock with Gretsch logo inlay and a inlay ribbon with "B". (I've only seen four digit serial numbers) I would estimate that your banjo was very early in the Broadkaster run and quite possibly made in 1929. ) your banjo is described as walnut neck and resonator and was priced at .
Given the three digit serial number on a "wood" model!!
However, the forerunner to the Fender Electric Instruments company was a smaller two-man operation that was originally started as the K & F company in 1945.
Leo Fender began modestly building small amplifiers and electric lap steels with his partner, Clayton Orr Doc Kaufman.