The Gretsch G9201 Honeydipper Metal Resonator marks the return of resonators to the Gretsch family. It has a round neck that's perfect for blues-based music such as Mississippi Delta blues, country bl... Read More
The Gretsch G9201 Honeydipper Metal Resonator marks the return of resonators to the Gretsch family. It has a round neck that's perfect for blues-based music such as Mississippi Delta blues, country blues or even ragtime blues. The G9201 features a nickel-plated brass body with traditional-style F holes. The heart of this richly resounding guitar is the Gretsch Ampli-Sonic resonator cone, hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99-percent pure aluminum for fantastic volume and sonic projection.
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I've been playing 47 years. I love to play slide. I've owned a national (and before that many cheaper models - regals, johnsons, recording kings etc.) The national was great. The main secrets - Great Feel and workmanship, very heavey Ssrings, exellent cquality one. This guitar is not goig to feel like a national. But if you put the heavy gauge strings that come stock on a national, you will hear the tone you seek. Put John Pears 13's with a 15 on the E string. Then sit back and be blown away. The cone is excellent. You won't hear rattles or buzzes. You will hear sustain and vibrato that sound to die for. The guitar will come a live and sound like is going to jump out of your hands. Let's face it, if you have the money to tie up in a National then great. I did it for a few years but the fact is I only play about 4 or 5 songs in this style. I mostly play electric blues/rock/soul etc. I've owned the cheaper ones in a misguided effort to trade up. IAnd I've learned the hard way that trying to change hardware to upgrade your way to a better guitar is a good way to lose all that money when you sell it. YOu're better off buying what you want to begin with. In the case of these guitars the main thing the cheap ones need is a better cone. This one has it already. And better yet it comes stock so you don't have to figure out how to replace it and get the buzzes and rattles out. I've 3 cones on a Johnson Tricone trying to figure out how to upgrade them. Don't waste your money trying to upgrade cheap guitars. If you want great tone, this has it. If you want great feel then save your coin for a national
My love story with the Gretsch Honeydipper... After a few years of messing with dobros and different types of resonators at various shops, I fell in love with this gorgeous sounding lady and brought her home about a month ago. I thought at first she'd sound thin or overly metallic like some of the other all-metal "cheaper" resonators. Not so with this one! This thing just sang to me... right into my heart. It was "Love at first note". Deep, clear, loud resonance through and through. Great curves, tight details and a solidly proportioned figure with nicely distributed weight in all the right places! You see, I play in a wide variety of formats & genre - and I needed a hard-working, solid sound that could be applied to a variety of live performance venues. At the same time I'm a working musician so I needed something affordable without compromising the quality. This guitar nailed it... As far as appearance... sure, its a head turner with that brushed steel finish. I gig with her at least 3 times a week and everywhere I take her folks stop whatever they're doing just to behold her glory! Then once I start playing her the atmosphere changes. The resonator is hauntingly smooth with reverb oozing out from its metal body. The sonic architecture is striking... NOTE: Since I've brought her home, I found the following most helpful in getting what I want from this amazing instrument. The best way to woo her is to try the following: When playing her like a regular guitar "face front" and in open "D" tuning, I combine both finger picking and slide technique... I mainly apply the following... For a warm subtle tone just use your fingers (with a thick glass slide)... For a stronger and slightly brighter tone use a heavy pick... When she's laying on my lap its business time!!! To bring out the high octane ecstasy in this baby, use a STEVENS STEEL SLIDE with claw & hammer finger picks (all at Guitar Center)... the cutting tone and low-end-growl are off the hook! By the way... don't make your decision on this guitar from watching the Youtube videos on this product, they were so lame. I almost didn't try her from the horrible examples I saw out there. None of them showed her amazing range and potential.
When I first picked up and played this guitar, I was amazed at the tone, sustain, and the perfect balance of bass, mids and treble. The guitar weighs probably as much as a heavy les paul, but man is that weight worth the sound! The first thing that attracted me to this guitar was the 0 size. Action was set perfect to finger or play slide. The tuning machines hold tune well. And overall, the guitar is a great size and has amazing playability. If you want a great guitar, get this one!
I received my Honeydripper today. First, everyone at the Guitar Center in Hallandale who saw the instrument liked the look of this unique instrument. The brushed nickel finish on the bell brass body gives the Honeydripper a vintage look that is unlike anything else at the store. Then, when some of my friends and I played it, I found it to be about the loudest un-amplified guitars I have ever heard! If you are looking for a unique sound for music from the blues to bluegrass, this might be what you have been searching for. This guitar has that telltale resonator sound in bushels. I like the fact that it has a sound that is more raw than the wooden bodied instruments from Gretsch, Hound Dog, Regal, etc. The build quality appears to be very high. There is no buzzing from the resonator and the neck is nice and straight. It came out of the box with the action set low, but I had it raised a little to make both fingered and slide techniques possible I highly recommend the Honeydripper. Get yours while they're still available!
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