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Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9470 Clarophone Banjo-Uke

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With a sparkling good-time sound and feel the Gretsch G9470 Clarophone Banjo-Uke displays solid modern craftsmanship while authentically evoking the company's innovative banjo models of the early 20th... Click To Read More About This Product

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With a sparkling good-time sound and feel the Gretsch G9470 Clarophone Banjo-Uke displays solid modern craftsmanship while authentically evoking the company's innovative banjo models of the early 20th century. Sized like a concert ukulele, the Clarophone Banjo-Uke, or banjolele, is the perfect travelling companion for the banjo enthusiast and is commonly tuned GCEA ("C Tuning") or ADF#B ("D Tuning"), with a re-entrant 4th string. It has a maple plywood rim and resonator for increased volume. The hard maple neck and fingerboard has pearloid position markers for precise fingering. This Clarophone Banjo-Uke is a splendid Southern surfeit of outstanding sound, performance and value for established artist, seasoned player and eager student alike.

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.


  • Concert size
  • Hard maple neck & fingerboard
  • Vintage soft "U" neck shape
  • Aged pearloid position markers
  • Maple plywood resonator
  • Maple plywood rim
  • 12 brakets
  • "No-knot" tailpiece
  • Fiber skin head
  • Nickel hardware
  • Semi-gloss antique maple stain finish
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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

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Honestly, it's more like a 4.5

By Bridget Gavin

from Eugene, OR

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9470 Clarophone Banjo-Uke:

I've had this banjolele for about 6 months now, and it's an absolute beauty! Aside from the fact that it is aesthetically adorable, it pacts an IMPRESSIVE tonal punch! The resonator takes your volume to a new level and jamming with a full band becomes a reality for a ukulele player. My only complaint is that the action is a little high. I think I'm going to need to either get the truss rod adjusted or have the nut filed down a little. Regardless, this ukulele exceeded my expectation of a banjo ukulele and I'm overjoyed to add it to my collection.

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Yes, I would buy this item again

By seal

from still in Quartzsite, Az.

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  • I need to learn to play this first.


  • it is different

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  • i am just starting to learn to play it.

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9470 Clarophone Banjo-Uke:

this should of come with instructions on how to tune and play. All my other instruments I have( 30) came with a book of how to tune and play it. This was included in the price. So I am in the process of learning to tune it and trying to figure out how to play this Banjo-Ukulele.

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