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Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator 2-Color Sunburst

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 02-07-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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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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Features
  • Round neck
  • Bound mahogany body
  • Bound mahogany neck
  • 25" scale length
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Ampli-Sonic cone
  • Spider bridge
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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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Gretsch GuitarsRoot Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gretsch Bobtail

I have been wanting an acoustic/electric resonator for gigging and this guitar hits the nail on the head. It's light weight, with a V shape to the back of the neck and a...Read complete review

I have been wanting an acoustic/electric resonator for gigging and this guitar hits the nail on the head. It's light weight, with a V shape to the back of the neck and a nasal (in a good way) reso tone. But what makes it an excellent acoustic/electric is the Fishman Nashville pickup. The saddle pickup does a great job volume wise through my Crate Gunnison acoustic amp without a preamp. But the real magic is when you combine this pickup with a Fishman Jerry Douglas Aura pedal. With the pedal, it's easy to dial in an amplified tone that matches the natural acoustic tone of the resonator. The Aura pedal will work with a round neck or square neck reso equipped with the Nashville pickup. I am really happy with this set up! By the way, the Jerry Douglas Aura has 16 presets that model various top of the line mics. It is one fantastic imaging pedal for a resonator and for me, the perfect match for the Gretsch Bobtail.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

3rd Time's the Charm?

Returned 2 guitars and finally have one worth keeping. First guitar was unplayable on the first fret. Bad nut and first fret. Didn't try it through an amp as it was not even...Read complete review

Returned 2 guitars and finally have one worth keeping. First guitar was unplayable on the first fret. Bad nut and first fret. Didn't try it through an amp as it was not even close to being in playing condition.

Second guitar was playable but the pickup was weak at the 4th and 5th strings. Contacted Fishman and they said it was most likely a bad pickup. The other strings sounded great through an amp. The setup/intonation was very poor but fixable.

The 3rd guitar has good intonation, great sounding/functioning pickup. Finish on all guitars received has been basic but good. No gaps, cracks, drips etc. The 3rd guitar arrived with a deep scratch in the metal resonator cover. Will need to file it down as it catches cloth sleeves and cleaning cloths. Not a huge deal and not worth sending back. The third guitar sounds very good and to me is worth the money (on sale). If you get one that needs a setup to make it playable and can't do it yourself it will cost another 85.00-100.00 to get it in playable condition (in this area).

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4.0

I'm lovin' it

By Lynn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

Arrived on time and with a good setup. Feels great in my hands.

 
4.0

Nice guitar

By Resonator owner

from Chicago

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

    I play blues and southern rock and I've wanting to get a resonator guitar for some time,
    although not a common practice I ordered this guitar and just brought it home in the box,
    right out of the box it's a beautiful guitar plays and sounds really nice, I'm happy with the purchase.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great sound

    By Greg

    from New York

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • tough to keep in tune

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

    Couldn't find a resonator I liked in any store. Took a leap of faith and bought it online. Knew in 2 minutes it was the sound I wanted. Beautiful guitar that looks to be very well made. Only 2 complaints: 1. It has to be tuned frequently-- a few songs and you have to touch it up. If I don't play it a few days, it is wildly out of tune when I pick it up again. This I understand is to be expected with resonators.

    My more legitimate complaint is with the frets. For a while I thought my thumb was bleeding was because I was playing so much. But soon realized that wasn't it. The frets stick out a little bit over the neck and have slowly sliced away my thumb. This is a reminder that I never listened to my guitar teacher who told me to always keep your thumb behind the neck. Odd to me that they are like that. I may have to look into sanding them down.

    Overall I love it. Sounds really cool when you do finger picking. You really appreciate this style of guitar on the high strings. Would recommend despite my bleeding thumb.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Won the lottery on this one

    By Doublehead

    from Santa Barbara, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Lucky
    • Strong
    • Work of art

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing
      • recording

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

      I was only going to buy the Acoustic version. But when I played this hybrid one, it sounded 100 times better. Not having any idea why, but I had no choice but to purchase this version.
      A year later I took it to a master guitar tech. He began to play it and dropped his jaw. He said "I don't know what secret Chinese master, what perfect tree and what perfect glue came together here, but you wont find one that sounds like this if you buy 100 of them. It sounds better then 40k vintage American Resonators."
      Anyway, I am really grateful. It really does sing. I suggest you go into the local shop and try these for yourself, just in case you might find a special one too...

       
      5.0

      Very satisfied

      By Rob

      from Madison, CT

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

        Love it. Looks great. Sounds great. Well-made. Very reliable.

         
        5.0

        Great to learn slide guitar

        By JWS

        from Bakersfield

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Doesn't Come With Case

        Best Uses

        • Good For Slide Guitar

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

        Nicely finished and good tone quality. Electronics work great

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Returned dut to fret buss

        By Bill

        from San Jose

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Decent Quality

        Cons

        • Not Factgory Tested

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

          Had to return it due to all strings had bad fret buzz on the 6th fret. Truss rod adjustment did not help, so requires work on the frets or neck. Local warranty repair shop was backed up or a month with no guarantee of fixing the problem, so I opted to return the guitar, which GC did with no problem.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          3rd Time's the Charm?

          By LimpingJohan

          from South Of North

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Consistent

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

              Returned 2 guitars and finally have one worth keeping. First guitar was unplayable on the first fret. Bad nut and first fret. Didn't try it through an amp as it was not even close to being in playing condition.

              Second guitar was playable but the pickup was weak at the 4th and 5th strings. Contacted Fishman and they said it was most likely a bad pickup. The other strings sounded great through an amp. The setup/intonation was very poor but fixable.

              The 3rd guitar has good intonation, great sounding/functioning pickup. Finish on all guitars received has been basic but good. No gaps, cracks, drips etc. The 3rd guitar arrived with a deep scratch in the metal resonator cover. Will need to file it down as it catches cloth sleeves and cleaning cloths. Not a huge deal and not worth sending back. The third guitar sounds very good and to me is worth the money (on sale). If you get one that needs a setup to make it playable and can't do it yourself it will cost another 85.00-100.00 to get it in playable condition (in this area).

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A great way to introduce yourself to resonators

              By Roy

              from Pittsburgh PA

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

              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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Highly Recommended

              By LAW330

              from Pennsylvania

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Great With Amp
              • Loud
              • Strong
              • Well built

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9220 Bobtail Round Neck Acoustic/Electric Resonator:

                I am consistently amazed by this Chinese made guitar. I own a number of higher end American products (LP, Strat, Tele, etc) and some great Japanese guitars (Gretsch 6120TM). The quality and sound of this resonator is awesome for the price. Sounds great both unplugged and through an amp. Intonation could not be better. You won't go wrong with this choice. Highly recommended.

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