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Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar 2-Color Sunburst

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Case sold separately.



Features
  • Parlor-size agathis body
  • X-bracing
  • Screened white purfling and rosette
  • "C" shaped neck
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Double-action truss rod
Specifications
  • Body
    Body Material: Agathis
    Body Shape: Non-Cutaway
    Body Back: Agathis
    Body Sides: Agathis
    Body Top: Agathis
    Body Finish: Semi-Gloss Vintage Sunburst
    Bracing: X Bracing
    Rosette: Screened White
    Purfling: Screened White
    F Holes Sound Holes: 3 7/16" Diameter Soundhole
    Body Length: 18" (457 mm)
    Body Width Upper Bout: 9.5" (241 mm)
    Body Width Lower Bout: 13" (330 mm)
    Body Binding: Screened White
    Neck
    Neck Shape: "C" Shape
    Number of Frets: 18 (12 to Body)
    Fret Size: Vintage-Style
    Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
    Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Neck Material: Nato
    Neck Finish: Semi-Gloss Vintage Sunburst
    Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.8 mm)
    Scale Length: 24" (610 mm)
    Headstock: 1950's Gretsch 3x3
    Truss Rods: Double-Action Body Adjust
    Truss Rod Nut: Hex
    Hardware
    Hardware Finish: Nickel-Plated
    Bridge: Rosewood Top-Load with Compensated PPS Saddle
    Tuning Machines: Open-Back Geared
    String Nut: PPS

    Tools

    Truss Rod Wrench: Yes

    Miscellaneous

    Strings: D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze, Light (.012-.053 Gauges)
    Unique Features: Compensated saddle; 24" Scale Length.

    Accessories

    Truss-Rod Hex Wrench
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Gretsch® Instrument Limited Lifetime Warranty FMIC warrants your Gretsch brand instrument to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, gig bags, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Gretsch Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. FMIC has established a network of independent Authorized Service Centers for warranty service. The Gretsch Dealer from whom you purchased your instrument may also be authorized for warranty service and should be the first point of contact when service of any kind is required for your Gretsch instrument. To receive warranty service, return the complete instrument to an Authorized Service Center, with your sales receipt as proof of purchase, during the applicable warranty period. Defective components that qualify for coverage under this warranty will be repaired or replaced (at FMIC's discretion) without charge. Remedies beyond normal service repair of any Gretsch instrument require both an evaluation and confirmation of the defect and a direct recommendation to FMIC from an Authorized Service Center for alternative considerations. All transportation, insurance and freight charges associated with warranty service and repairs on Gretsch instruments are the responsibility of the purchaser, as is any service initiated for the purpose of customizing setups or adjustments beyond factory specifications. Initial standard setup and adjustment of the instrument and its components at the time of purchase are considered normal Dealer product preparation, and are not covered by this warranty. See complete details at http://www.gretschguitars.com/resources/warranty.html


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Review Snapshot

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Gretsch GuitarsJim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (38)
  • Good feel (33)
  • Stays in tune (29)
  • Good audio (23)
  • Consistent (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (37)
  • Jamming (26)
  • Small venues (19)
  • Recording (15)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Novice (8), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better than it has a right to be

Jim Dandy paid me a visit today. I unpackaged the guitar, tuned it up, and was instantly pleased. It was like having a catalog guitar shipped to me from another era. Read complete review

Jim Dandy paid me a visit today. I unpackaged the guitar, tuned it up, and was instantly pleased. It was like having a catalog guitar shipped to me from another era.

I find the intonation to be fantastic; acoustic guitars are usually an ongoing struggle for me in this regard. I endlessly experiment with strings, nuts, saddles, and set-ups in general in an effort to get those clean, clear intervals all over the neck. But today I was pleasantly surprised by an instrument for under two bills right out of the box.

Neck relief was right-on for me. I wouldn't want a light, low action on this guitar – half the fun of this guitar can be had with a slide. I diagnosed a high fret with a metal ruler and filed it, alleviating the only bit of fret buzz. I'm no luthier, but a guitar this affordable inspires a certain confidence with a file. Also, I couldn't imagine taking it to a luthier after having paid so little. I couldn't recommend such measures, it's just that I would rather have no guitar than one with uneven frets. Beware: Yours may buzz. Mine was buzzing like Ravi Shankar at the twelfth-fret G. Open B-string buzzed. A little messing about with the nut solved this. So, a little work and the setup is top-notch. In other words: It required less setup than my beautiful USA-made Tacoma dreadnought...

The finish has that satin-like cheapness that seems to abound in the Gretsch Roots Collection. I like kitsch and I like cheap, so it works for me. It may not be for everyone, though. The Jim Dandy fits into that category of guitars with tons of character, but also a playability and intonation that presents no real struggle between the musicality of the player and the instrument. Sometimes it's a lot more fun to sit around the house and play this sort of guitar instead of a Taylor or Rainsong with abalone inlay and brilliant, piano-like tone. Of course, there's a time and a place for all guitars; this one just happens to occupy a rarely-seen cheap and actually worthwhile niche.

On stage, mic'd up or with the right pickup, it will fit right into my gig accompanying a jazz singer. In the studio, it will provide a unique, old-school sound with slide or a nice, contrasting layer along with either a 6-string dreadnought or 12-string.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good bang for your buck.

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

I Love this guitar, glad I purchased.

By Danny

from Los Angeles

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Traveling

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

    The guitar surprised me it has a very good sound, its comfortable to play, and easy to take with you on the road. I love it!

     
    5.0

    Jim Dandt guitar to the rescue!

    By Terry

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

    Such a great sound and play-ability from a small guitar; if I had started out on this back in 1967 instead of the cheapo guitar my folks gave me, I'd have been giving Eddie VH a run for his money in 1978! Great for beginners AND experienced players, can play it everywhere and anywhen! Love it!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My grandson gave me this guitar (kind of)

    By Thirstnhowl

    from Chicago

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

      My son is a pharmacist and his wife is a nurse so they value money and what it buys in a way much different than I. They gave this guitar to their toddler son and he beat on it, threw it across the room, and steadily tortured it for months. This alone should stand as a testament to the durability of this guitar. Sometimes when I would visit I would find it lying in a heap of ripped books, smashed electronic toys etc. I would tune it and play it and I loved the hobo boxcar blues tone it has. Well, one day the child did a Pete Towsend number on it and smashed the guitar on the floor practically decapitating the headstock and seriously separating 50% of fret board from the neck. My son asked me if I wanted it for parts (I make cigar box guitars) so I took it home and carefully reset the truss rod, strategically glued and screwed the neck and headstock and when it had dried for several weeks I adjusted the truss rod and played it and it sounds great!
      A little more wood putty and a final sanding and paint touch up to go and you might never know the He'll it went through before I adopted it.

       
      5.0

      I love this little guitar

      By Roe Heem

      from Mar vista

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

        I love this little guitar, sounds like an old harmony , silvertone . Got a cool retro vibe to it and has a. Rights warm sound for a small body . Very light. Good flat neck easy action . Played a lot of guitars that cost a lot more and didn't feel this nice . I plan on sanding the finish off the back of it and making it look a lot older than it really is . The most bang for the buck .

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good bang for the buck

        By grandpa

        from Florida

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

            Got this for my granddaughter and seems to be perfect for her as an instrument to learn to play, Stays in tune, action is forgiving and has nice tone. I would definitely recommend

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it

            By Noel

            from San Juan, PR

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

              Right out of the box the guitar sounded and felt great. I had a tech put new strings on it and lower the action just a tad. Now it's perfect. I keep it on a stand in the living room and it's quickly become the guitar I play the most. It has some sweet spots around the 7th fret where string bends just sound sublime. Highly recommended.

               
              5.0

              Unbelievable guitar for the price

              By Jake

              from Oklahoma

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues
                • Travel

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                This is a great guitar that has many applications. Its sound and look has that vintage feel. The price point is steal.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Sweet Little Guitar

                By Stoss

                from Austintown, OH

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                  I played this guitar at Guitar Center and other music stores locally, looking for a first guitar for my granddaughter, who wants to learn to play like her grandma. I loved playing this little guitar. I can't wait to go home in September so I can play it again.

                  (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great for price. Not for pros.

                  By Lee Coulter

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                    I understand this is a cheap guitar and highly recommend it for beginners or if you need a small scale beater for camping etc. However, I wanted to write a review for anyone who was like me and looking specifically for that woody, vintage character like the old birch Stellas for that 60 and 70s folk sound. Nick Drake has one of my fav tones for reference (Word is that he played an all Mahogany Guild M20 which I don't think they make any more). I'm a full time singer songwriter and my closest guitar that I own to the sound that I want is a Gibson L2 Banner Reissue (all mahogany) that I like a lot (and cost almost $3000 more) but still wanted something a bit dirtier, mid rangey, sounding. After I heard vids on YOUTUBE of the Jim Dandy, I thought it could be promising especially for such a low price. But I played one in store today and it was as cheap sounding and feeling as it's price. Nothing like the videos had me hoping. The strings played loose and wild and it had a much more plastic, boxy sound than anything earthy or woody. You might be able to get away with recording blues on it but for any sort of roots, folk, it was far from what I was looking for. Going to put Martin Retro Bluegrass strings on my Gibson and see if that gets me what I want. Otherwise I'm finally pulling the trigger on a Martin 00015m.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good Buy - No Regrets

                    By Johnny

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Experienced

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                    Fit/finish/fretwork on mine are all pretty good. Action is a little high, but I can fix that. The neck feels comfortable. The sound is pleasing, and it has more than enough volume for my living room. If you are looking for a small guitar with a small price, I haven't seen a better choice than this one. I also tried the Fender CP100. It wasn't bad, but Jim Dandy is a keeper.

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