When You Appreciate a Great Vintage Guitar, It Shows At Gary’s Classic Guitars, we can spot guitar lovers right away.From the spark in your eyes to the enthusiasm in your e-mails, we recognize fellow guitar aficionados immediately.It’s a passion he’s practiced for more than 25 years – first as a hobby, and now as his full time vocation.
Post-World War II, serial numbers were stamped into the headstock (some confusion might arise with older Gretsch guitars because numbering re-started after the war, but if the instrument has a “light bulb”-style headstock, it’s likely pre-war).
Finally, around 1949, reliable serial-number labels were placed on Gretsch guitars; inside the body and visible through the f hole on hollow-body models, and inside the control routing on solid-body and chambered models.
Martin Guitars – From the very rare 1907 Brazilian Rosewood model to classic guitars from the 1970s, we specialize in Martin Guitars from the 1930s to the early 1970s Rickenbacker Guitars – Rickenbacker Guitars the great sound of the Beatles the Byrds and the Who and also so many others.
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He has been collecting, playing, and dealing in fine vintage guitars and rare guitars for more than 25 years.
Buying and selling guitars began as a hobby, until 1993, when he left the corporate world to make Gary's Classic Guitars his full-time career. 1967, with his high school band, "The Intensities".
If you have any questions about the guitars you see on these pages please don’t hesitate to contact us. From acoustic to electric, if you’re looking for a quality vintage guitar, you’ll find it at Mohave Guitars.
Gibson Guitars – We have vintage guitars dating back to the 1920s, as well as rare guitars from more recent years.
From acoustic to electric, if you’re looking for a quality vintage guitar, you’ll find it at Gary’s Classic Guitars.
We specialize in original Fenders from the 50s, 60s and 70s Gretsch Guitars – Gretsch made some gorgeous guitars in the 1950s and 1960s, and you’ll find their unique styling in numerous varieties here.
Here’s how original-era Gretsch sequential serial numbering generally works: Below 1000: Pre-World War II 10xx – 20xx: 1945-1947 (approx.) 20xx – 30xx: 1948-1949 (approx.) 30xx – 40xx: 1950 (approx.) 40xx – 50xx: 1951 (approx.) 50xx – 70xx: 1952 (approx.) 70xx – 90xx: 1953 90xx – 130xx: 1954 130xx – 180xx: 1955 180xx – 210xx: 1956 210xx – 260xx: 1957 (Note: 1,000 serial number labels misplaced in 1957 were found in 1965) 260xx – 300xx: 1958 300xx – 340xx: 1959 340xx – 390xx: 1960 390xx – 450xx: 1961 451xx – 530xx: 1962 530xx – 630xx: 1963 630xx – 770xx: 1964 770xx – 840xx: 1965 Note: The misplaced 1957 serial numbers mentioned above, along with a small number of odd four-digit serial numbers, surfaced in 19 during the transition to a new date-code system in mid 1966.