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This sticker, along with the "Made in Korea" sticker, went missing almost immediately — sometimes before the guitar even left the store.
In addition, these guitars followed no known numbering scheme.
Also, on guitars built in October, November or December, the third AND fourth digits denote the month.
Serial numbers on Korean made guitars in this era were printed on a sticker affixed to the back of the headstock.
From about 1949 to 1957 watch for a white rectangular label that reads: The serial number will probably be printed in red, and the model number written in blue or black.
The label has a fairly ornate border around it, but the "Gretsch" is usually printed in a plain font.
The Fender-era 51xx guitars follow the normal Fender numbering scheme.
When Fender took over production in January 2003 the serial number scheme changed again, and Fender-era serial numbers have a two-character originating factory code, followed by year and month, and finally a sequential ordering number.
On other models such as solidbodies, it should be inside a control cavity.Most Electromatic hollowbodies carry a KS designation, although KP was fairly common prior to about 2007.CY is usually seen on Electromatic solidbodies such as the Corvette/CVT.Lower numbers will always appear on earlier guitars, higher numbers on later guitars.Remember that 20 guitars will, of course, not begin with a 9.