However, other Japanese facilities have been used, so it's not particularly unusual to see JD and JF prefixes. No truss rod cover on peghead. Gretsch great grandson of the founder buys back the company. The serial number should serve as one piece of evidence in dating a guitar, even though it is usually the most powerful piece. While the situation isn't quite as bad as say, Gibson or Guild, this guide should be viewed as the best available consensus, not gospel. Really a single coil version of the Filter'tron. Gretsch used several different serial number schemes through the years.
Electromatic Serial Numbers?
The first, and or, first and second number identifies the numerical month of production.
Understanding Gretsch guitar serial numbers
If you have absolutely no idea whether your Gretsch is old or new, a good place to start is the model number. They're apparently the guys who have been building Taiwanese guitars for 30 years, which would explain why the 'vette is so nice I guess. Then around Gretsch restarted production of Gretsch guitars in contract with Terada in Japan for the manufacturing for the Professional Series guitars.