Gretsch called the pearloid "pearl amerith" or "mother of pearl amerith" and the metallic rim "nickle-bronze" with silver plated finish.No one has yet been able to accurately date a Gretsch Broadkaster from serial number. Gretsch banjos ('20s-60s) typically have the serial number stamped on the dowel rod inside the resonator.. numro de srie trois chiffres sur le cou l'intrieur de la tte. Gretsch a fait l'acquisition des droits sur les instruments Bacon en 1941,mais la bannire bleue ne faisait pas partie de cette acquisition car Bacon n'a pas utilis le nom. Il semble trs peu probable que Gretsch "bannire bleue" soit fait avant la guerre.En 1940, la Socit a achet Banjo Bacon, et en 1967, Gretsch a t acquise par le piano Baldwin et Organ Company.They had been making and advertising banjos from about " banjos, each of which had a hole In the vellum.It requires a broad knowledge of the various models, and stylistic details of each period to tell them all apart.(Although, in general - the quality of the Groton-made banjos, is MUCH higher than the Gretsch-made ones.)Ed Britt Serial Gretsch Bacon Symphonie Silver Bell Plectrum Banjo Archtop avec un rsonateur 1940'.*****************************************************************************************This is the same type tail piece that Don Reno used for years on his famous RB75 Gibson ''Old Nellie''!!En plus de ce qu'ils faisaient banjos en vente sous de nombreux autres noms de marques, notamment Wurlitzer et Gretsch produit une grande quantit de banjo uke au fil des ans.La plupart d'entre eux taient des instruments peu coteux, typique de ce qui est le "Clarophone"illustr ci-dessous.
The Gretsch Broadkaster banjo line was introduced In October, 1928. 1928 Fred Gretsch signed a patent application for this banjo with "an all metallic banjo rim". The more expensive models (2-6) had wood fretboards with increasingly more ornate pearl work up the line.But it can be very difficult to tell apart some Groton-made Bacons, and B&D's,of the 1930's - from the later, Gretsch-made ones -because the models and certain stylistic details carried over into the Gretsch period.For example, there are some LATE Gretsch-made "Senorita" banjos with numbers in the 3X, XXX range -which were ACTUALLY made in the 1950's and early 1960's -but the serial number also suggests it might be a depression-era, Groton-made "Senorita".Actual maker at that time is still unknown, although later banjos were probably made or assembled there.1920 - 1940 Serial numbers were at approximately #5xxx - when the Groton, Connecticut works were started in April, 1920.1920 Bacon announced 2 arched top, carved mandolins.1922 David L.Day left Vega and joined the Bacon Banjo Company.1923 Serial numbers were approximately #9xxx - when the Silver Bell was introduced.1930 Ads for the new Sultana model appear stating "available in March."1931 Serial numbers were approximately #29,xxx - when the "new generation" Symphonie, Sultana,and Senorita were introduced.1938 Serial numbers were approximately #35,xxx - when the famous Hurricane of 1938 (Sept),closed the Groton works.1938 - 1940 At first, The Bacon Company contracted with Gretsch to produce banjos for them.The least expensive (-) and the most expensive (0) had pearloid veneered headstocks and fretboards.Your banjo is the entry level model (my favorites).Problems Due to the various renumbering schemes,there are many Gretsch-made "Bacons" and "B&D's"- with 3-digit, 4-digit,and 5-digit serial numbers - which are often mistakenly identified as being made anywhere from 1910 to 1940.For example:#297 could have been made around 1908, or in the early 1940's# 2197 could have been made around 1913, the late 1940's, or Feb, 1971 #97# 31197 could have been made in the early 1930's, 1960, or March, 1971 #197It's fairly easy to tell a 1910 Bacon Professional,from a 1940's celluloid covered banjo - due to obvious stylistic differences.Son fils, Fred Gretsch, Sr., a pris le contrle de l'entreprise alors qu'il tait encore adolescent.Fred un homme qui travaille dur pour un jeune, a rapidement tendue l'entreprise pour produire des guitares et des mandolines.