There may be no name more famous in the world of acoustic guitars as C. They also developed several body styles including the iconic dreadnought that are now copied the world over.
Gretsch guitars have graced the hands of many influential artists, including Billy Gibbons, Brian Setzer, Chet Atkins and Tim Armstrong.
However, Gretsch is also well known and praised for their lineup of many other musical instruments and accessories, such as mandolins, ukulele's, and even cases, straps and strings.
We are proud to be an official Martin Dealer and also stock a variety of vintage pieces.
and Tone Flange models, along with bass drums in various and pearl and sparkle finishes.
Unfortunately, correct information can be very difficult to come by.
Most online guides (and quite a few print guides) are based on Jay Scott's groundbreaking book "Gretsch: the guitars of the Fred Gretsch Company," which is a fine book, but is nearly two decades old.
Located in Kenmore, New York, The Kent Manufacturing Company produced snare drums, drum sets and accessories. Before starting the Kent Manufacturing Company, Bill Kent was employed by the drums of the same period.
Often, actual production dates were stamped inside the drum shells. These maple shell drums varied in construction quality.
Tone flanges were made from solid brass with holes, solid aluminum with holes and solid aluminum without holes.
I believe the version without holes was the earlier type.
Date-coded serial numbers are typically found stamped on the back or top of the headstock, and "Made in USA" is stamped next to the number starting in June 1967. The next digit = last digit of the year (1966 to 1972: 6,7,8,9,0,1,2).