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Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo  

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This deluxe version of the classic 1950s Gretsch "Dixie" design offers unparalleled value in today's popular banjo styles. It features include a Whyt...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      Get back to basics with this beautiful banjo from Gretsch's Roots Collection.

      This deluxe version of the classic 1950s Gretsch "Dixie" design offers unparalleled value in today's popular banjo styles. It features include a Whyte Laydie tone ring, three-ply solid maple rim, three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with frailing scoop and vintage B&D inlays, 26-3/8" scale, 1-3/16" nut, 24 tension brackets with notched hoop, 11" Remo High Crown Renaissance head, die-cast geared machine heads, vintage-style No-Knot type tailpiece, Vega-style armrest, nickel-plated hardware, and luxurious amber maple gloss finish.

      FEATURES Body
      • Body material: 3-Ply Solid Maple
      • Body shape: Banjo
      • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
      • Body binding: Tortoiseshell
      Neck
      • Neck shape: Vintage Soft "U"
      • Number of frets: 18
      • Position inlays: Vintage B&D
      • Fretboard: Rosewood
      • Neck material: 3-piece Maple/Walnut/Maple
      • Neck finish: Gloss urethane
      • Nut Width: 1.1875" (30.1mm)
      • Scale length: 26.4" (671mm)
      • Headstock: 1920's Gretsch 2x2
      • Neck Binding: Ivory
      • Truss Rods: Dual-action head adjust
      • Truss Rod Nut: Hex
      Hardware
      • Hardware finish: Nickel-Plated
      • Tuning machines: Geared Planetary
      Miscellaneous
      • Strings: D'Addario J61, Nickel, (.010-.023 Gauges)
      Accessories

      Order this quality banjo today to give your roots music a boost in tone and looks.

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      Gretsch GuitarsG9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo
       
      4.5

      (based on 16 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

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      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

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      • 2 Stars

         

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      93%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (12)
      • Well built / quality (5)
      • Consistent (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (10)
        • Back-up (6)
        • Concerts (6)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Novice (7), Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Great sound for frailing

        I bought this sight unseen based on having played lower end Gretsch banjos and really liking the sound. I have a Deering Goodtime, but took a chance on this because of the great value...Read complete review

        I bought this sight unseen based on having played lower end Gretsch banjos and really liking the sound. I have a Deering Goodtime, but took a chance on this because of the great value offered by Musicians Friend.

        Not disappointed in the least. Beautiful instrument, with nice, but not gaudy inlays. Wood tones and metal look very classy (classy and banjos... who knew?) It has 24 brackets, an arm rest, and a Whyte Ladie tone ring that really provides a wonderful sound for frailing. One of my three finger Bluegrass style playing friends played a bit with it and it sounded wonderful there as well, although it didn't blast like a resonator would. That can be good or bad, depending on your environment.

        Because of the tone ring, it is quite a bit heavier than the Goodtime, but certainly nothing problematic. I picked up a Neotech Super Banjo Strap to go with it, and it is a very comfortable combo.

        The tailpiece is actually on the outside of the rim, giving a long distance between the tailpiece and the bridge. That caused some unpleasant ringing from that section of the string. I used a piece of leather bootlace less than two inches long and wove it through the strings next to the tailpiece. That dampened the problematic overtones completely.

        The neck is scooped. I personally prefer playing at the top of the head, but it does give you the option of a different tone.

        I also had to tighten the head quite a bit to help the volume and tone. No surprise that they are shipped with less than full tension on the head and strings, and with the bridge in a bag along with a couple of adjustment tools for the neck (I wouldn't mess with it) and the head tension. There were no instructions for either, but google and youtube turns up lots of information.

        It is a pretty instrument with a really nice sound. I've been playing for a year, so I'm hardly a professional, but friends who are better musicians than I have commented on the tone. Certainly one you should think about if you are looking for an intermediate quality open-back banjo at a good price.

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        Nice looking banjo that I am sure will sound good. Too bad there is nothing in the box showing how to insert the bridge.

        Nice looking banjo that I am sure will sound good. Too bad there is nothing in the box showing how to insert the bridge.

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        4.0

        Good deal for the money (I guess?)

        By TropiRock

        from Sunny Fort Lauderdale

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

          I write pop music, mostly rock, but I occasionally drift over into modern country music. When I record a new tune, I use guitars, keyboards and so forth but thought it would be nice to have a banjo for some of the country songs. The banjo voices on a keyboard are not very realistic and although I have never played a banjo in my life, I bought this Gretsch at a great MF blowout price and don't have much to lose. The instrument seems well made and is actually better than I expected. The tone seems pretty good and overall construction seems good. It's actually quite beautiful in fit and finish. Tuners are so-so but functional. The mfr's suggested retail price for this particular banjo isn't cheap by any means, so it would be nice if Gretsch had included some kind of gig bag or protective case. That's really my only gripe. Overall, I'm happy with the deal.

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          4.0

          My new favorite banjo!

          By 4DecadesofPlaying

          from Illinois

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

            I played banjo 20 years ago, but I've never bought a new one. I'm told that all mail order banjos are shipped without a decent setup, but I was unprepared for that. I've worked on countless guitars, so it wasn't a huge challenge to figure out what went where; an hour of adjusting and tightening, and this one plays remarkably well.

            If you are the least bit handy, or know a good tech, I'd recommend this model highly, with a lot of bang for the buck. The tone is bright and the neck is very comfortable. It's heavier than other open-backs I've played, but I consider that a plus. The hardware and chrome plating are lush and polished. After a couple of weeks of playing it, I'm well satisfied that I got my money's worth!

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            4.0

            Very good for the discounted cost

            By Paul Race

            from Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

                At the moment, this banjo is seriously discounted. It is very good for the cost. Being backless, is is best for frailing and old-time music. The tone ring gives it more volume than most backless banjos, but it doesn't have enough sustain to satisfy hard-core bluegrass players. Another nice feature is the planetary tuners, which help give it an authentic appearance. It also has two support rods, which you never see on banjos in this price range, and which make it ideal for adding a Fishman "rare earth" banjo pickup. The tobacco stain on the pot and the back of the neck isn't my favorite look but it IS authentic. You WILL have to set the bridge, tighten the head, and quite possibly adjust the neck. If you've never played banjo before, you might want to get a banjo-playing friend to help you with that. But that IS a characteristic of mail-order banjos, so don't take it personally. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that I ordered a "scratch-and-dent" and it came in perfect condition except for a cracked neck. So I was able to tighten it up and play it, but I didn't want to tweak it to my playing standards and risk the thing exploding. I'm sure this was damaged in shipment BEFORE it was shipped to me, and the warehouse guys just didn't realize the risk of sending out a banjo that way. The short story is that I wasn't able to REALLY put it through its paces like I would have liked. The dealer was VERY nice about it, and it's on its way back to the store now, so no complaints about customer service or the banjo in general.

                Again, for the price, I don't think you can do better, but if it was list price or even 2/3 list price, you might could do better. Hope this helps.

                - Paul Race, Creek Don't Rise

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                5.0

                What a deal for a quality instrument.

                By Scriba

                from Tylertown, MS

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Beautiful Detail
                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Quick Fretboard
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

                  Great entry level to intermediate instrument. Well built and finish is excellent. This was an "open box" Mint Condition deal which saved me enough to pay for the Neotech Super Banjo Strap. The strap deserves 5 stars also.

                  Don't let the low price scare you this is definitely Gretsch quality through and through.

                  Thanks M.F. for making this gray-haired old man happy.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Banjo if you can get it on sale.

                  By rnappi

                  from ny.ny

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Good Build
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Quality Control

                  Best Uses

                  • Banjoing

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

                  This is a decent entry level banjo if you get it on sale. It's built well, has a nice round tone and is very easy to play. As with a lot of imports, quality control can be hit or miss, so you might have to go thru a couple to find a good one.

                  I got this on a SDOTD for more than 1/2 off, so I have no complaints. If I had paid full price, I probably would have returned it and moved on to something else. Anyway, I put in a bone nut, Colby tailpiece, Waverly tuners, a Kat Eyz bridge and now this baby is worth full price.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Quality Banjo

                  By D4t

                  from Phoenix, Az

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

                  I am an experienced musician, but I have only played four or five different banjos. This banjo was offered as the stupid deal, but I was very hesitant to buy it because it had no ratings or reviews. I took a risk because I figured a banjo at this cost had to be decent. I have played a few starter set banjos, goodtime, and a few others; this outshines them all. It should, for the price. I am pleased overall with the performance so far: good sound quality, high quality build, pretty standard projection for an openback. It is very heavy, especially for not having a resonator. It is a similar weight to an electric guitar, but I assume the type of wood and hardware are higher quality and a bit heavier.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  What a Deal!!!

                  By frame1957

                  from Minnesota

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Feel
                  • Looks Great
                  • Sounds great

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gigs
                    • Rehearsal
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

                    This is my 1st Banjo and I couldn't be happier. I'm no stranger to the quality of Greatsch Gear as I have been playing their drums for years.
                    (I wanted a Banjo just for my own personal enjoyment) After doing A LOT of research I was leaning towards a 5 String Open Back. When this Banjo was listed as the "Stupid Deal of the Day"...THAT was the desiding factor.
                    This is a Well Built, Quality instrument! Easy to play and sounds great!

                    There was one minor problem with the 5th string tuning key but it was easily fixed. At the "normal" price this Banjo would be a Good Deal. For what I paid... It was a GREAT deal!!!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good for beginner

                    By Jim

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

                          Never played banjo, it has good projection. There was no paperwork to set up the bridge and intonation. That issue was solved in a few minutes via youtube. There are many starter lessons on youtube for banjo. From instrument setup, picks and straps.
                          I was plucking within minutes and playing basic song phrases via youtube lessons.

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                          4.0

                          Fine banjo....for the price

                          By Marc1951

                          from Oakland, CA

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Ask me a question

                          Pros

                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

                            This banjo has the good sound you'd expect from a rim with a whyte laydie tone ring. The fretting and setup were good, though the tuners needed a bit of tightening. The only drawback is an ugly dark sunburst finish on the neck. The was bought as a "stupid deal" for about half what most sites charge for it. If you can find one for about three hundred, it's a fine deal.

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                            5.0

                            Great Gretsch

                            By Pickin' and Grinnin'

                            from NY

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                            • Free Freight
                            • Great Rate
                            • Light weight
                            • Looks Great
                            • Sounds great

                            Cons

                            • No Case

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

                            I bought this banjo online, sight unseen and sound unheard because of the great deal offered by Musician's Friend. I almost never do that but wanted a second banjo, so I took a chance this time and am glad I did. Solid craftsmanship. Very pretty wood, inlays binding and hardware. Great tone and feel. Not one complaint. Worth more than every penny. It's easy to put the bridge on. Go on line to find out how to measure where it goes. A case was not included. You'll want to get a case for it. Don't even hesitate to get one.

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