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    The company has changed ownership over the years. Not surprising to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pukulele Pete View Post
    Gretsch got back to me and they can only provide info back to 2003 . WTF? The part I'm most curious about is the back which has that little piece that covers the heel of the neck.
    From what I've read , the back part covering the heel of the neck means it was made in Hawaii .
    I think 2003 is about when Fender took over/bought out/merged with Gretsch. Deal must not have included corporate records. Shame.

    Contact Jake Wildwood. His knowledge of pre-war stringed instruments is incredible. He is a member of this forum, but tends to post only sporadically.

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    Seems odd to me that they dont seem to care about their history .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pukulele Pete View Post
    Seems odd to me that they dont seem to care about their history .
    Me too. Fender itself has changed hands a few times - I wonder how far back their records go?

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    Gretsch has records going back to 2003 . I sent a question and info to the Collectors Yak at FFM but they havent answered a question since June. Tried the Ukulele Hall of Fame museum but that seems to be just a relic of the site , there is no one home. Looks like Gretsch History will remain a secret. Makes me wonder why they revived a name that has no history.
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    I thought I would try to revive this thread . I'm still looking for vintage gretsch info . Thanks .
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    Just wanted to clarify that FMIC handles the marketing and distribution of Gretsch instruments and that Fred Gretsch III is still the owner.

    The 2003 thing goes back to when FMIC took over the marketing and distribution of the instruments.

    Almost (if not all) early Gretsch I struments were made in the same Brooklyn factory. It’s condos now, but the building still exists.

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    I used to think the uke was made in Hawaii , now I'm thinking Brooklyn . Thanks
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