Faithful to the Gretsch "Rex" parlor guitars of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, the all-new G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor-style model embodies everything that was great about everyone's first guitar. Ever... Read More
Faithful to the Gretsch "Rex" parlor guitars of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, the all-new G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor-style model embodies everything that was great about everyone's first guitar. Everything and then some, that is, because the G9500 is crafted with select guitar woods and is fully lined and braced for warm and pleasing tone, with a 24" scale for endless hours of playing comfort.
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I've been looking into getting one of these for awhile. I've seen reviews of inlays not being flush, action being high, and finish poorly done. I think I may have lucked out on mine. I got the Blue Burst color. I opened the box this morning (Sep 8) and right out of the box I immediatley checked the above discrepencies. Inlays were flush, the finish felt cheep, but nothing hideous and no major flaws in the finish. The action... was perfect. I mean perfect. The playability of this guitar is that of a much higher end guitar. It does not even contend with my Martin DM15 (sound wise), however the playability of this guitar does compare. The neck is much more thin than my Martin, which is personally a nice thing. But for a practice guitar for $149, it was worth every penny. It has a very unique sound, not a bad sound, just unique, which is always good to have in your guitar arsenal. The one thing I have noticed, is that there is minor fret buzz. I do have it tuned down a 1/2 step and did not notice it before tuning it down. That is the only reason I gave 4 stars. Hope this helps and believe me, it's worth the money.
I decided to buy this guitar sight unseen. I watched some youtube videos and read all the reviews I could on it. What I was expecting was a somewhat cheap looking but good sounding little parlor guitar. Upon unboxing the guitar I was more than pleased with the quality. I love the the feel of the satin finish. there are no flaws or blemishes to be seen. it has a heaviness I wasn't expecting. but am delighted with. The action was perfect out of the box also . The sound is pretty good i'd like a little more base out of it but you know.... This guitar is in no way substitute for a quality full size but for sitting on the couch or knocking around it's really great i would recommend with no hesitation. Great Job Gretsch!
I've owned many vintage Martins and Gibson acoustics so I know what a great guitar is supposed to feel like and sound like. I've been gigging out for years and have had songs of mine placed in TV shows and films, so I take what I play seriously. Right out of the box, after being tuned of course, this guitar sounded great and has ever since. Stays in tune, feels great when playing, light weight, big sound. I love this guitar. I might even get another as a backup one day. I have not had it setup at all. Sometimes a guitar just feels right as is and there is no need to have it setup, this is one of those, at least for me. If anyone is looking for a passive soundhole pickup, I recommend the Bill Lawrence A-300. It is just small enough to make it a perfect fit. The other Bill Lawrence pickups might fit as well but I am really digging the silver/metal look of the pickup's casing so I stick with the A-300. If you are not aware, it is the same pickup singer/songwriter Elliott Smith used for live shows. I also plug into an electric guitar amp and not a DI. I just the like sound better. So that's that. Great guitar I highly recommend. You will be surprised how great it sounds and plays for under $165 :)
I was asked to do a story on the 'Jim Dandy' and on a deadline. Only useful information on the web, was the phone number. Had to go into the store to find somebody I could understand, I was hoping to get the 'other' finish, but the blue-green sunburst was all they had at the warehouse. The shipping and tracking was confusing, but it came in to the store promptly, I ask to keep the box...(didn't happen). But this guitar...modeled after the "rex" (Gretsch of olden days) similar to the "Stella"..(going for 'vintage' prices) has a dream of a truss rod system, Agathis laminate (originals were poplar or basswood laminate) is superior out of the box in sound, fit and finish. I came out of the box with the setup needing nothing. the standard 'what you'd like' action. Truss rod lets you 'lean' lighter, or heavier, on the action with ease. I took it to several hard pickin "all nighters" had 'Farm boys' to 'cheerleaders', 'Blues men' to 'Rag-time Gals' give it their 'all'. The pic guard shows it, (normal looking wear) but the paint, resisted very well. The price for parlors, runs about twice of this one. And I can't think of another that will stand up to what this one already has. " unless they'd tear up a brick, they probably won't hurt it". No bridge pins to lose, nothin to 'fix'. If a 3/4, 24" scale, 12 fret, is the 'fit' you are lookin for, this might be what you can use. (personally, since I couldn't get the 'normal'lookin one, I'm gonna get real dark glasses, so folks think I'm blind).
This guitar has the sound and look of a much higher priced parlor guitar (3/4 size). Once you look at the finish from a few feet away though- you see some of the nice touches are only skin deep... or in this case... paint deep. Guitar's sound gets 4 stars but aesthetics (on close inspection) get 2... averaging for a total score of 3 out of 5. White edge/trim is simply a layer of paint. The wood's finish is some type of satin lacquer which appears to only be a sprayed/coated on varnish and is not a true stain. I feel the guitar sounds quite nice. I would describe the tone as crisp and bright as opposed to full and warm... stays in tune, simple but nice fretboard and hardware. Neck is smaller than standard and easy to get your hand around. Action seems just right. It is a shame such a nice sounding and playing guitar is finished so poorly. I guess for the price point they had to cut corners somewhere. Perhaps a good opportunity to refinish a guitar? For the price, this satisfies though. This guitar's short fall is the finish, and frankly; I would have paid twice the price for a higher quality one.
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