The Gretsch G9220 Bobtail Acoustic/Electric Resonator marks the return of resonators to the Gretsch family. It has the round neck that's preferable for blues-based music such as Mississippi Delta blue... Read More
The Gretsch G9220 Bobtail Acoustic/Electric Resonator marks the return of resonators to the Gretsch family. It has the round neck that's preferable for blues-based music such as Mississippi Delta blues, country blues or even ragtime blues. A square neck version, which is used for bluegrass, is also available (please see model G9230, our sku# H80551). The G9220 features a beautifully-bound mahogany 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. The onboard Fishman Nashville pickup features a split saddle piezo-ceramic pickup designed specifically for spider-style bridges and offers consistent, accurate sound reproduction for every performance.
Gretsch is proud to take players on a musical journey through nearly a century of great Gretsch history by introducing its Roots Collection of acoustic instruments. This exciting family of banjos, mandolins, resonator guitars, ukuleles and Rancher acoustic guitars feature classically authentic Gretsch designs that transport players to a bygone era well before the company made its acclaimed 1950s entry into the electric guitar world.
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A great value for the money. It was set up perfectly out of the box. It is a very attractive guitar and for me the sound was just right and it has gone over well with everyone I have played it for. I have been playing guitar for 54 years and wanted to try a resonator. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the reso world.
I've had a Fended FR-50 for about six years and I never could get a good resonator sound out of it so a few months ago I decided it was time to get a resonator that suits the sound I was looking for. I tried a Dobro, Regal, and this Gretsch. The Gretsch Bobtail won out hands down. Looks great and sounds better. Plays well.
I heard a guy playing some finger-style stuff with a lot of harmonics in a really crowded GC acoustic room. It sounded great. I went to see what he was playing and it was a Bobcat round-neck. To make a longish story shorter, I found out about the Bobtail with pickup, found that there was one at another GC. I went and found it. Plugged it in, sounded great, bought it. Took it home. Let my resonator playing partner play it (she has had several 20s/30s Nationals and has a wood body Regal dobro style very similar to the Bobtail). While she was playing I plugged it straight into a little mixer with built-in DI and into a great powered monitor. As she said, "it sounds like itself louder." Fantastic sound. She sounded so good and seemed to like it so much, I gave it to her. I got 2 resonators that sound fantastic acoustically, play really well and plug in with no extra gear. There are a lot of mediocre sounding cheap resonators. This is not one of them. It sounds great for finger-picking, single notes, slide and strumming. It's also surprisingly easy to play for a guitar that's not "set up" easy. If you have any inclination to play resonator and don't want to spend a thousand and up, try this (try it even if you do). I've bought a lot of guitars and I'd say this is one of the best value for $ guitar purchases I've ever made. The pickup itself is almost half the value of the guitar purchased by itself and installation into something else wouldn't be cheap either.
I've wanted a resonator guitar for a long time and recently started to look in earnest having gotten back into acoustic guitars after a long hiatus.There are several that drew my attention but the 00 shape and f-holes of the Gretsch put the hook into me.The problem is that they just don't seem to be in ready supply so when the Tampa Guitar Center got them in I had to go 'look' at least.Well I'd called ahead and when I went in to acoustic room they had the other 3 models and they all looked great in their fit and finish, but no roundneck!I played the Squareneck Bobtail and was very impressed with it and started to consider that instead but thought it may be a little too limiting for my use. But dang those string held way up by that bone nut really rang out through the resonator.One of the salespeople asked if I was looking for anything in particular and when I mentioned the Roundneck Bobtail I was told it had been held 'upfront'.To make a long story short it felt like I'd been playing it for years when I first held it.Theres a soft V to the neck that offeres great support for finger picking and slide work and the binding is a great touch.The frets were dressed and polished inviting you to play.The headstock has a great thin squared Trad look and a MOTS overlay, Gretsch is script printed on and the Grover open gear tuners and the bone nut could not be improved on to complete that end.The guitar is finished in satin over a dark sunburst and looks good in any light and has a nice smooth feel to it as well.The Resonator Plate has a good design that seems to be original to Gretsch and the trapeze bridge is a nice solid departure from the rest of the herd out there.The cone is supposed to be hand spun in Eastern Europe from nearly pure aluminum and from what you can see it looks good, the spider is a sand casting with somewhat rough edges but hey it IS a sand casting.The bridge contains Fishman Nashville pickups and what looks to be a Fishman endpin jack so I didn't even bother to plug it in as I have an outboard Fishman pre-amp that it gets plugged into.This makes for a nice clean look without the preamp hanging off the side.Now all of this is just fine but how the heck does it sound???Well it projects like its amplified all on its own as the early resonator guitars were meant to.Everyone I've played it for is surprised at just how loud it is even on single note runs.The tone has a nice deep resonance that hints at the sounding plates but does not have any tinny dissonance what-so-ever like many I've heard and played. This may be that hand spun cone, the bridge saddles/spider,the cage below (with it's triangular sounding holes), the mahogony that its built with or the trapexe tailpiece.Likely though its a combination of all of the above and the excellent setup it comes with.Theres a satisfying ring to this guitar and though its new it has an old sounding voice to it.The sustain is very good for a resonator and it is easy to distinguish in a crowd of guitars, even with another resonator.The Fishman pickup was every bit what I expected and the outboard pre-amp allows you to dial the sound in electrically just perfect.This instrument is a stunner and even better a real player.It's purchase marked the beginning of a long relationship for me,its a keeper.
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