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Book Covering eight more years of models and updated with new photos and industry revelations, this handy book is an indispensable tool for novice and expert collectors to date instruments from the four most popular guitar manufacturers.
Good for either your own instruments or a guitar that you are considering buying, this classic includes serial numbers and common features to help you date instruments quickly and accurately.
Each one is a small but integral part of Gretsch history.
1958 Telecaster : Bridge saddles change from smooth to threaded saddles.Making the body and neck (and dating them) was the first assembly step, and hence these dates can be a couple months before the instrument was finalized and shipped. Early 1954 Telecaster : Serial number on neck plate.All Telecasters basically have the same features: single cutaway slab body, 2 chrome knobs, 3 position toggle switch, 3 paired adjustable bridge saddles, strings anchor thru body (except in late 1958 to 1959). Late 1954 Telecaster : White Blond finish replaces butterscotch finish.This model name was replaced by the "Broadcaster", which lasted (in name only) from the October 1950 to January 1951.
The majority of Broadcasters are dated November 1950.
This guitar was reissued by Fender of Japan in the late 1980's and is a very close reproduction.