Serial Number: 1265 (embossed on headstock)
General Description: According to Gretsch's website, Gretsch began numbering guitars sequentially, probably in 1939 but possibly earlier. Originally, the number was just written inside the guitar in pencil. These penciled-in numbers would often fade and become illegible, or even disappear.
After World War II, some guitars had a serial number embossed on the head, but reliable numbers didn't really appear until the advent of the first labels, around 1949.
Based on the sequential numbering of Gretsch instruments from the 1930s until 1966, this guitar was manufactured approximately 1945 - 1947. Here is the description of the Gretsch Model 240 Tenor Guitar as it appeared on page 3 of a Gretsch brochure circa 1936:
"Four-string Tenor Guitar, Auditorium-Special size body. Arched top, hand carved from old seasoned 'cello spruce and graduated for tone. Arched body and sides of flamed maple; 3-piece maple neck, steel reinforced. Shaded from dark edges to amber sun-burst; hand polished. The edges of the body, both top and back are ivory celluloid bound. Oval ebony fingerboard with 23-inch professional scale; wide round frets. Self adjusting tailpiece; ebony adjustable bridge; professional type geared patent pegs with ivory-celluloid buttons. An instrument of great tonal power and brilliance.
Note: Any standard model of GRETSCH Guitar can be duplicated in Tenor-style, on special order, at no increase in price. Delivery in three weeks from date of order."