I was out of college, and had just started to play the guitar, and wasn’t sure what to expect from the event. In spite of the overwhelming sea of different models on display that day, I was immediately enamored with the uniqueness and utter-cool factor that the Gretsch guitars possessed.
The following year I returned to that show with a pawnshop Gibson 335 to trade and 0 in my pocket.
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I came away with my very first vintage Gretsch, a 1958 Chet Atkins model 6119, and that was where my journey began.
Ten years later, after I had acquired a couple more vintage Gretsch specimens, a member of the on-line forum Gretsch Discussion Pages turned me on to collecting examples of the sequential serial numbers Gretsch used on their guitars from 1947 thru mid-1966.
Fred Gretsch III, in an effort to resurrect the company bought it back in January of 1985. From Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive playing his 6120 on "Taking Care of Business" to the Beatles playing their share of Nashvilles and Country Gentlemen, the Gretsch has become immortalized as one of the guitars to collect.Gretsches from the mid 1950's with their western motif.With Duke Kramer at the helm they decided to introduce updated versions of the classic Gretsch models. 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.Copy Guitar Tokai Model Serial Number Submit Les Paul Standard Love Rock 0713094 View Settings View Settings View Settings Les Paul Junior Love Rock 0816220 View Settings Fender Tele Breezy Sound TE 70 L03170 View Settings Fender Tele Breezy Sound TE 70 L03170 View Settings Fender Jazz Bass Jazz Sound 1013946 View Settings View Settings View Settings View Settings View Settings View Settings breezy sound l07286 View Settings View Settings View Settings View Settings View Settings Les Paul Standard Love Rock LS115Q