My sister-in-law has an old Gretsch from her ex. I did sine research and have found no serial number. No pencil markings inside a and nothing on the headstock. I have sucked a few photos for reference. Thanks in advance for any help.
I checked for this and there is no trace of any markings there. It does not appear to have been refinished either. I appreciate the picture as I wondered what that would look like when I read about it.
Paging @Wayne Gretschzky -- he knows more about instruments from this era. If it was a Kay-built war-time era Gretsch, it's possible that the number was simply penciled inside the body, visible (or not) through the f-hole. a dental mirror may help. both Kay and Harmony were notorious for doing this at one time.
You folks are amazing, this a great info. I am not deep at all when it comes to Gretsch Guitars. I have a few Hamer's and interact with a forum for fans of those and have seen the same kind of great community so I had a feeling you all would be similar. It seems that people who believe in musical craftmanship are good people, not shocked. I have no idea what my sister-in-law wants to do with this guitar but at least I can give some insight to its story. Thank you all!
Rare bird indeed! Beautiful pre-war Brooklyn NY built 16” Gretsch American Orchestra Model 50 archtop guitar. This one has no label inside, and serial is not legible, so very difficult to identify exact year. It’s in great condition for it’s age, very playable up and down neck, frets and fretboar...