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    Posted 10 years ago

    Cloneranger
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    Ok, so here's the conundrum....I bought this guitar from a small-time dealer over 30 years ago...I loved the look of it, and it sounded just great and played sweet as honey. I knew it was OLD, the case smelt of age, and I was told that it was brought in by a guy who had found it in the loft of his new home, didn't play, and wanted the cash. It had been lost in time, but I couldn't find a serial number, or another guitar like it (no Internet back then).
    The dealer had had it in his stock for over a year (everyone was into Strats, Telecasters and Les Pauls at the time), so I got a good deal on it.
    Then I got married, had kids, and stopped playing...28 years ago.
    Recently divorced and with time on my hands, I started playing acoustic again...it passes the hours and relaxes the mind...and doesn't tend to offend the neighbours.
    I bought a small practice amp having decided to clean up and re-string the Gretsch. Lifting the top pick-up I discovered a totally non-standard label identifying the serial number (printed) and model number (hand written)....BUT....according to all the info I can gather, the serial number 26367 is 1957, but the model number 7610 (Roc Jet) wasn't manufactured / made until 1971-1975.... ????

    Anyone out there able to help me out here??
    is this a prototype, custom build, or did Gretsch actually manufacture the Roc Jet in 1957?? I am - so far - baffled and intrigued

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    Comments

    1. ryanwbeattie, 10 years ago
      It's a Rock Jet. The cereal number says it was made in February of 1976. But I thought they only made them up until 75. anyway, I have the same guitar from 71. with the filtertron pickups. they are lovely.
    2. qantas, 9 years ago
      Hi,
      I live in Belgium and have a 7670 model with exactly the same label in located in an f hole. The numer is 23432. The guy I bought it from said it was from 71. Strange things seemed have happened between 70 and 72 when Baldwin moved the production. still looking for an answer ..
    3. lvi lvi, 8 years ago
      1970's Serial numbers with 5 digits are..... 1st= month 2nd= year, next production number. qantas Feb, 1973 # 432. Cloneranger Feb, 1976. Hope this helps
    4. tom61375, 8 years ago
      Plug that badboy into a MATCHLESS 30 watt Clubman and you'll really hear "What Willis was Talkin' about". Nothing sounds like a fine quality true vintage guitar! Love it!

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