Dating fende guitars
You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?Some dealers simply go by the serial number, which you will discover can be far from accurate.
Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".
This third iteration of the label had “Fred Gretsch Mfg. and serial No., and it said “That Great Gretsch Sound” at the bottom. The 5-digit numbers on these labels always begin with 1 or 2 and are sequential, do not follow the “date-coded” convention, and precise dates cannot be determined using the serial numbers.
In 1973, the 2nd iteration of the Baldwin era Gretsch label was introduced.
In this case it stands for the 3rd week of 1980 and was a Thursday.
Ignore all the "FRR" stamps you'll find on the neck base and in the neck pocket.
As an example, 2-365 would be February (2), 1973 (3).