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Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator  2-Color Sunburst

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When you play chunk rhythm, finger-style, bottleneck or anything else, the all-mahogany deluxe-appointed G9240 Alligator Biscuit Roundneck resonator ...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 06-23-2017

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The miracle of volume with a retro vibe.

When you play chunk rhythm, finger-style, bottleneck or anything else, the all-mahogany deluxe-appointed G9240 Alligator Biscuit Roundneck resonator guitar projects its distinctively swampy tones all the way to the back door of any dance hall. Like all fine Gretsch resonator guitars, the vital feature of the G9240 is the all-new Gretsch "Ampli-Sonic" diaphragm (resonator cone). Hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99-percent pure aluminum, the Ampli-Sonic diaphragm yields an impressive quality and volume of tone.

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FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body Material: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Shape: Non-Cutaway
  • Body Back: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Top: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Finish: Semi-Gloss Vintage Sunburst
  • Bracing: Internal Sound-Well
  • Purfling: Black/White
  • F Holes Sound Holes: "F" Holes
  • Body Depth: 3.5" (89mm)
  • Body Length: 18.87" (479mm)
  • Body Width Upper Bout: 9.875" (251mm)
  • Body Width Lower Bout: 14.125" (358mm)
  • Body Binding: Aged White/Black/White
  • Neck
  • Neck Shape: Medium "V"
  • Number of Frets: 19 (12 to Body)
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Aged Pearloid .25"
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15.75" (400mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Semi-Gloss Vintage Sunburst
  • Nut Width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Scale Length: 25" (635mm)
  • Headstock: 1930's Gretsch 3x3
  • Neck Binding: Aged White
  • Truss Rods: Double-Action Headstock Adjust
  • Truss Rod Nut: Hex
  • Hardware
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel-Plated
  • Bridge: Biscuit - Hard Maple with Ebony/Maple Saddle
  • Bridge Cover: Weathered
  • Tuning Machines: Grover Sta-Tite
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Miscellaneous
  • Strings: D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze, Light (.012-.053 Gauges)

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Gretsch GuitarsG9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great resonator the price. Super sound!

I have been playing about 7 years and am 60 years old. I am self taught and mainly a strummer of chords. I have been wanting to learn how to play slide guitar and...Read complete review

I have been playing about 7 years and am 60 years old. I am self taught and mainly a strummer of chords. I have been wanting to learn how to play slide guitar and just have not been successful by using one of regular guitars tuned to an open key. So I began looking at resonator guitars. I did not want to spend an arm and a leg but wanted a quality guitar. My local store when I buy most of my guitars had a Fender, a Dobro, and two of the Gretsch Roots Series resonators, I tried all three. The Dobro square neck and the Gretsch Alligator impressed me the most. I settled on the Gretsch for a few reasons.

First, the Alligator is an awesome looking guitar. The dark mahogany matte finish withe pearloid headstock is simply gorgeous. I also like the F-hole sound holes. Second, the Ampli-sonic cone simply blew the Dobro out of the water. The Gretsch is LOUD, LOUD, and I mean LOUD! Third, being a round neck, I can play this guitar three ways: as a regular guitar with a pick or fingerstyle, as a slide guitar in an open key holding it as a regular regular guitar, or by laying it on my lap with a bar slide.

I checked this guitar over with a fine tooth comb and could not find one flaw in the workmanship. As you would expect with a resonator, the action was set high out of the box which was perfect for playing slide guitar. I am using Open G tuning to learn how to play. I have not adjusted the action. Playing it as regular guitar in Standard G, I am now used to the high action.

I purchased a classical guitar case for it and although not an exact fit, it holds the Alligator in place and the guitar does not move around. Much cheaper than buying the actual Gretsch case.

The Fende felt about 10 times heavier than the Alligator. The Gretsch Boxcar which is the lower p[riced version in the Roots Series sounded great but had a more mellow sound. The Dobro sounded great but was a hundred more. The Dobro had a built-in pre-amp. With this Gretsch Alligator I don;t think I would ever need a pre-amp in the environments in which I play.

You will be extremely satisfied if you get one of these.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A little disappointing for me

I was expected more from a Gretch guitar, especally for the money. I may be that I need to have the guitar set-up, but none of the other four guitars I own required...Read complete review

I was expected more from a Gretch guitar, especally for the money. I may be that I need to have the guitar set-up, but none of the other four guitars I own required adjustments.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great resonator the price. Super sound!

By Mark

from Atlanta

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Pros

  • Ampli-sonic Cone
  • Finish
  • Good Tone
  • Looks
  • Playability

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Gigging
  • Slide guitar

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

I have been playing about 7 years and am 60 years old. I am self taught and mainly a strummer of chords. I have been wanting to learn how to play slide guitar and just have not been successful by using one of regular guitars tuned to an open key. So I began looking at resonator guitars. I did not want to spend an arm and a leg but wanted a quality guitar. My local store when I buy most of my guitars had a Fender, a Dobro, and two of the Gretsch Roots Series resonators, I tried all three. The Dobro square neck and the Gretsch Alligator impressed me the most. I settled on the Gretsch for a few reasons.

First, the Alligator is an awesome looking guitar. The dark mahogany matte finish withe pearloid headstock is simply gorgeous. I also like the F-hole sound holes. Second, the Ampli-sonic cone simply blew the Dobro out of the water. The Gretsch is LOUD, LOUD, and I mean LOUD! Third, being a round neck, I can play this guitar three ways: as a regular guitar with a pick or fingerstyle, as a slide guitar in an open key holding it as a regular regular guitar, or by laying it on my lap with a bar slide.

I checked this guitar over with a fine tooth comb and could not find one flaw in the workmanship. As you would expect with a resonator, the action was set high out of the box which was perfect for playing slide guitar. I am using Open G tuning to learn how to play. I have not adjusted the action. Playing it as regular guitar in Standard G, I am now used to the high action.

I purchased a classical guitar case for it and although not an exact fit, it holds the Alligator in place and the guitar does not move around. Much cheaper than buying the actual Gretsch case.

The Fende felt about 10 times heavier than the Alligator. The Gretsch Boxcar which is the lower p[riced version in the Roots Series sounded great but had a more mellow sound. The Dobro sounded great but was a hundred more. The Dobro had a built-in pre-amp. With this Gretsch Alligator I don;t think I would ever need a pre-amp in the environments in which I play.

You will be extremely satisfied if you get one of these.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The esence of the 1930's-TODAY

By Vince Dees

from CT, USA

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Pros

  • True Vintage Appeal

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Authenticity

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

EXCELLENT ACTION in open tunings yet high enough for clear slide sounds. It feels good in your hands and has a cool vintage appeal. Nicely constructed of good materials. The biscuit is solidly planted on the cone and seems very sturdy.
The fit and finish are more than fine. I like this guitar and plan on keeping it for a long while IGW. And as always, Musician's Friend is a fine partner to deal with. Buy it if FOLK-BLUES is your thing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i love the sound of this thing!

By blueshamster

from portland, oregon

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

    I've been wanting one of these for a long time but resisted buying one. As a hobbyist, the last thing I need is another guitar. Anyway, in a fit of impulse I broke down and bought one and I am in love the build quality, the quality of that unique resonator sound. This instrument tunes beautifully and is a joy to look at and to play. I look forward to learning more blues licks and technique. I imagine this resonator guitar will keep me happy for years to come.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I would purchase again

    By Bible5

    from Monroe, Ct

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Big volume without being harsh
    • Good Tone
    • High Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

        Nice guitar would highly recommend for the low price! One note....you need to put a small leather strip where the tailpiece touches the cover plate to eliminate buzz. Gretsch should actually take note and do this so people aren't upset about an easily fixed buzz

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Get your mojo working with this blues ax

        By Mandrake

        from Virginia

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Loud
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Blues
          • Fingerstyle Blues
          • Practicing
          • Slide guitar

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

          This is a great guitar for the price. It was very clean for an import and I only spotted a few small specs or smears of glue. Very well put together guitar and the tone is just awesome for slide work or finger style. The guitar was setup really well, perfect for slide work or finger style. The biscuit bridge and spun cone sounded just fantastic and the tuners and other appointments were functional and attractive. Overall great resonator for the money. Not a National, but for the price it comes darn close.

           
          5.0

          excellent guitar

          By Simmo

          from Perth, Western Australia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • loud crisp cone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

              A great guitar that performs well.
              Personal choice of course, however I tried Dobro's, Fenders, etc in spider bridge versions, and just loved the sound of the Gretsch Biscuit bridge Alligator as soon as I picked it up.
              I found the biscuit bridge has a unique sound compared to the spider's and the cone is def one of the loudest I have come across
              Build quality is good and really comes to life with open tunings. Again personal choice, however I find a steel slide is my preference over glass slides on this guitar.
              Playing with a capo is no problem if you so desire.
              I had a fisherman biscuit pickup installed with pre-amp, by a local tech, and I am happy with the result.
              My advice is to pick up and play as many reso's as possible until you find the sound you want.
              I did and I am happy

               
              5.0

              ABSOLUTELY

              By FINGER PICKER

              from DAYTON,OHIO

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • READY TO GO RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. DID CHANGE TO
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

                BASICALLY FOR ROOTS MUSIC THAT THEY WERE ORIGINALLY USED FOR, AS WELL AS OLD
                BLUES.

                 
                5.0

                Tons of Tone

                By DustyDreamer

                from Foothills, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Tone. Did I mention tone?
                • Very high quality construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Hair-raising blues
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

                  I don't normally review instruments because it's all pretty subjective (why do people complain about setup??). But this is a phenomenal instrument. Absolutely stunning tone! Tone! Tone! I bought this sight unseen because it was a great deal (after much prior research), but no videos I've heard do this guitar justice. Set up, as you might expect, is sort of a compromise but it suits me well enough out of the box. The instrument has no cosmetic flaws and construction is really quite good. I own other inexpensive guitars and I'd put the Gretsch near the top in terms of overall quality, and way way over the top in terms of sound. I just love that tone!

                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  A little disappointing for me

                  By Bluzman

                  from OKC Area

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Tone Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

                    I was expected more from a Gretch guitar, especally for the money. I may be that I need to have the guitar set-up, but none of the other four guitars I own required adjustments.

                     
                    4.0

                    Used Resonator Buy

                    By Homer J

                    from Jefferson City, MO

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator:

                        Wanted a Gretsch and a resonator so ordered one during the used gear sale. The guitar had no blemishes and didn't appear to be used. Nice sound until trying to play any note above the nut. The neck was way out of adjustment. I sent it back. If I had adjusted it and it still did not play well it may have caused me problems if I tried to return it later. MF was great as usual and aided in it's return. I still want a new Gretsch.

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