I get emails all of the time with a basic drum description and a serial number from visitors in hopes I can unlock the history of their drum. I think in general serial numbers do play an important role in the commercial market especially electronics and other high end items. In the 60's Insurance companies made it mandatory that serial numbers be put on items so they can be documented. Unfortunately drum companies never really prescribed to any code of documenting a drum based on that serial number.
Trying to date my Alvarez (now with guitar pics) | The Gear Page
Other Projects - Papers and Articles - include: 1. A look at seven documented variations of the Gretsch Round Badge used from the s until about A look at serial number ranges for Ludwig factory born-together drum sets from the s and s. A search for the impetus for the use of serial numbers in vintage American made drums. A study of the frequency of each day of the week from Ludwig date stamps. A look at serial number ranges for Gretsch factory born-together Round Badge drum sets.
From to , Gretsch serial numbers are sequential, but the manner and placement of the serial numbers on the guitars varies quite a bit. Toward the end of , Baldwin took over the Gretsch Company. These serial numbers were also either 5 or 6 digit numbers, depending on the month of production.
Gretsch Drum History. Fred Gretsch, Jr. Young Mr. Gretsch, who is the third Fred Gretsch in the history of this forty-three-year-old concern, achieved scholastic distinction at Cornell and promises to make good in business rapidly. While at the university he was manager of the varsity hockey team and otherwise prominent in undergraduate activities.