They beat Tokai to the lawsuit race by at least 5 years.
Eventually, as the company found that the demand for their popular replicas grew and that the size of the production wasgetting too large, they relinquished their Stratocaster division to Fender Japan in late 1981.
In 1959-1960 some serial numbers were at the bottom instead of the usual top.
Greco is one of the earliest “lawsuit” guitar makers in Japan.
Serial numbers from this period can only date the instruments by several years precision, so it's hard to appraise one just by looking at it personally or in photo books.
In years 1957-1958 serial numbers where starting by a "-" sign, or "0" before the number.
Gretsch began date-coding serial numbers in August 1966.
Date-coded serial numbers are typically found stamped on the back or top of the headstock, and "Made in USA" is stamped next to the number starting in June 1967. The next digit = last digit of the year (1966 to 1972: 6,7,8,9,0,1,2).
After that, the pressure to “cease and desist” production of copyright-infringing designs took its toll on Grecoand they decided to change their headstocks and logos to avoid a confrontation with the American manufacturers.
Ibanez serial numbers are unique identifiers placed on instruments sold under the Ibanez brand.
Each of them can be used to accurately pinpoint the age of a guitar, if you have the correct information.