Serial number-based dating and authentication guides are available for gretsch, ludwig and ludwig standard drums because the approach is serial number based, it only applies to gretsch drums with serial numbers starting in about 1962, ludwig main line drums with serial numbers starting in late 1963. For 250 of yamaha drums is a result of vintage gretsch drums based upon serial number dating yamaha drum catalogs, unlike a famous the first visit, lore, 9 - find a result of years it is your first number. Home forums gretsch discussion pages dan duffy's den gretsch serial number lookup tool discussion in ' dan duffy's den ' started by workknot , dec 19, 2010.
In 1883 friedrich gretsch, a german immigrant, set up a shop in brooklyn for the manufacture of banjos, tambourines and drums around 1954 the golden age of gretsch guitars began in 1967 gretsch, was bought by baldwin pianos, which reorganized it as a subsidiary. Cook/sheridan-gretsch drum book, the the gretsch drum book by rob cook with john sheridan this book is a complete business history of the gretsch drum company and dating guide for gretsch drums. The rogers drum experts is not affiliated with yamaha drum company the current owner of the rogers drums trademark the web site is dedicated to the history of the rogers drum company.
For the drum collectors and historians, there were some terrific presentations by rick gier (“dating ludwig and gretsch drums”) and gary astridge (“ringo’s beatle gear on the road” “ringo’s beatle gear at abbey road”) all in all, both rick and gary were quite knowledgeable and approachable i learned a lot from each of them. Dating gretsch guitars 1939 to 1965 from 1939 to 1965, gretsch serial numbers are sequential, but the manner and placement of the serial numbers on the guitars varies quite a bit. Dating a set of gretsch drums accurately is a challenge that relies heavily on comparing the physical characteristics of your drums to those found in vintage drum catalogs locate the badge on your gretsch drums the badge is a metal piece affixed to every drum, usually located in front of the drum. Welcome to dating guide: challenging the shells and serial numbers: gier 16x20 bass drum currently belongs to provide detailed production run, serial number dating gretsch stickers inside the tom, set up a gretsch serial number scheme.
Gretsch drums is an iconic american drum brand manufactured in ridgeland, south carolina for more than 130 years, our award-winning company has been providing that great gretsch sound to drummers around the globe gretsch drums is an iconic american drum brand manufactured in ridgeland, south carolina. I will be restoring and selling vintage drums and drum parts as i get them keep checking back, and i'll keep up-dating as i get the new old stuff here's what i've got ready right now. Find best value and selection for your gretsch drums serial number dating guide for vintage gretsch drums search on ebay world's leading marketplace. Thanks for your interest in dating your gretsch drums here is some basic information on the manufacturing dates of gretsch drums with two major fires at the gretsch factories in the past, most of the historical records were destroyed including any documents referencing serial number details for drum production.
Dating back to 1912, gretsch first introduced hardware with modest features and function ability and since then, (dating back over 100 years), gretsch enthusiasts were always interested in pairing their gretsch kits with gretsch hardware. The lack of accurate serial number recording and large overlaps and reissues of shell veneers and labels can make dating the drums slightly more difficult than other drum brands take a look at the badge on the drum the drum badge is one of the easiest ways to accurately date a slingerland drum the shape of the badge is a great identifier. Information on gretsch serial numbers serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture for all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture. Gretsch drums is an iconic american drum brand manufactured in ridgeland, south carolina for more than 130 years, our award-winning company has been providing that great gretsch sound to drummers around the globe.
Dating a set of gretsch drums accurately is a challenge that relies heavily on comparing the physical characteristics of your drums to those found in vintage drum catalogsdifficulty:moderately. Gretsch guitars understanding gretsch guitar serial numbers 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. Rob cook considers this book the rosetta stone for dating gretsch drums made between 1962 and 1984 gretsch 1941 catalog reproduction: 34-page 55x85 gretsch catalog reproduction, catalog c-82 original copies of this rare catalog were selling for over $300 when rebeats received permission from fred gretsch enterprises to reproduce it.
Gretsch drum book by rob cook with john sheridan $4000 85x11 paperback 288 pages, over 1100 pictures complete business history and gretsch drum dating guide in the pattern of rob cook's books on ludwig, slingerland and rogers dating guide includes catalogs, badges, colors, hardware, snare drums, and kits. 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 ply's in the shell. View snare drum pictures of our high quality vintage ludwig snare drums, vintage slingerland snare drums, vintage rogers snare drums, vintage gretsch snare drums, vintage leedy snare drums and more need help. Gretsch drums legends always march to the beat of their own drum with unmatched style and unforgettable tone, for many music greats, that drum is gretsch.