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“JT” is most common among the several two-letter country/factory prefixes, signifying Japan (J) and its Terada (T) factory. After the two-letter prefix, two digits designate the year of manufacture; the next two designate the month of manufacture, and the remaining four digits designate the instrument’s sequential number .

Of those last four sequential-order digits, 0001 through 0100 designate prototype and one-off models, sample instruments and other special instruments; 0101 through 9999 designate all regular production models.

“Made In USA” was added to the serial number stamp and the numbers were date coded in the same way that they had been between ’65 and ’67.Gretsch also did a good business in special order guitars.Gretsch began numbering it's guitars sequentially in 1939, beginning with the better models.Some American-made guitars were offered in 19 and more recently.In 2003 Fender Musical Instruments Corporation secured an agreement to manufacture and distribute Gretsch.