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Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator Nickel Plated Brass Body  (Open Box)
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The Gretsch G9201 Honeydipper Metal Resonator marks the return of resonators to the Gretsch family. It has a round neck that's perfect for blues-based music such as Mississippi Delta blues, country blues or even ragtime blues. The G9201 features a nickel-plated brass 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.

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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Traditional nickel-plated brass body design with modern construction.

FEATURES
  • Round neck
  • Nickel-plated brass body
  • Mahogany neck
  • 25" scale length
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Ampli-Sonic cone

Enjoy beauty and tone from a respected guitar maker. Order today

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Gretsch GuitarsRoot Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Real swampy

I'm an avid bass player and always had a love of delta blues. After spending years tossing the idea around of getting a resonator I finally treated myself.
First off, the factory...Read complete review

I'm an avid bass player and always had a love of delta blues. After spending years tossing the idea around of getting a resonator I finally treated myself.
First off, the factory setup is nearly perfect which came as a huge relief as I've read it can be somewhat complex to properly set up a resonator. The sound is absolutely huge, almost to a detriment because it is hard to sing over the guitar when you are really digging in. The "v" profile on the back of the neck feels amazing and, as a bass player, the nice wide string spacing is a definite plus. It's just a hair more narrow then most classical guitar. Last, but not least, the sound is incredible for that great delta tone. I found it very frustrating trying to mimic the tone of Son House, Bukka White, and Charlie Patton on an accoustic but just 30 seconds in to playing "Down the dirt road blues" i had to laugh becuase i loved the swampy tone so much.
Do yourself a favor and get this guitar...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

1st One Unplayable

Mine showed up yesterday unplayable right out of the box. :( Sweet looking guitar, but of no use if it can't be played. I've ordered at least 5 guitars online shipped to my...Read complete review

Mine showed up yesterday unplayable right out of the box. :( Sweet looking guitar, but of no use if it can't be played. I've ordered at least 5 guitars online shipped to my house in the past from Musicians Friend and this is the 1st I've had to send back. The bridge under the hand rest appears to be slanted towards the Low E, A, D strings causing those strings to lay flat on the fret board rendering it unplayable. According to some online forums there are some people receiving these with the exact same issue which they attribute to a damaged cone. What is unnerving is there are some that mention they send the 1st back and the replacement has the exact same issue. Musicians Friend is sending me a replacement. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I will add an updated review upon receiving the replacement.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Delta Sound

By A-Frame

from Minnesota

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Pros

  • Amazing Sound
  • Good Tone
  • Loud

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Any

Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

Mine was playable right out of the box. Set up perfect. I couldn't believe how heavy it was compared to my Gretsch Bobtail. (not that it's a bad thing) The action is a bit higher than I'm used to for regular playing, but the option of working on my bottle neck playing is well worth it. The harder you play it... the better it sounds! I also like the fact that it's not a high polished shine. It looks as cool as it sounds!

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5.0

Excellent guitar

By Tom

from New Jersey

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Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

      You can get some real interesting music out of it!

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      5.0

      1st One Unplayable - Review Revised

      By Tampa Blues Man

      from Tampa, FL

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      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

      My first review I scored this guitar low because it was unplayable out of the box. I received a replacement and this one plays beautifully. The action is perfect and the sound is amazing. I owned a Johnson resonator guitar a while back. The neck snapped off and after gluing it back on it was playable but just never played the same. The Honeydipper is a much better instrument all the way around. Love this guitar.

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      1.0

      1st One Unplayable

      By Tampa Blues Man

      from Tampa, FL

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      Pros

      • Unplayable Out OF The Box

      Cons

      • Unplayable Out Of The Box

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

        Mine showed up yesterday unplayable right out of the box. :( Sweet looking guitar, but of no use if it can't be played. I've ordered at least 5 guitars online shipped to my house in the past from Musicians Friend and this is the 1st I've had to send back. The bridge under the hand rest appears to be slanted towards the Low E, A, D strings causing those strings to lay flat on the fret board rendering it unplayable. According to some online forums there are some people receiving these with the exact same issue which they attribute to a damaged cone. What is unnerving is there are some that mention they send the 1st back and the replacement has the exact same issue. Musicians Friend is sending me a replacement. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I will add an updated review upon receiving the replacement.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible tone and a great bargain!

        By Roylor4

        from Greensboro, NC

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        Pros

        • Excellent Volume
        • Great Tone
        • Perfect Setup
        • Strong

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

        I have been looking for that perfect blues tone on a budget for a while now. This is it. Sounds great in open tuning. Intonation probably not perfect but for a biscuit reso this thing projects well, was set up perfect for slide & fingering work and has incredible sustain. Does everything I wanted at a great price. I have played several Gretsch reso's and they outperform everything that's even close in price.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful looking and sounding

        By Bodhi

        from Raleigh, NC

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

            While I have a nifty collection of guitars, this is my first resonator. I've never played a National or anything super expensive, so my opinion is based on comparisons to budget resonators. This thing looks and sounds really nice. I've been getting into blues in open tunings and having a real gas with this. Words can't describe it. Go to a store that has one and check it out. That's all I can knowledgeably say is that I love this. And what a great value using their 15% off discount.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I love this guitar

            By Rusty nutz

            from Wharton, NJ

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            Pros

            • Better Than Expected

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

              Just received this guitar yesterday. As usual Musicians friend never disappoints me. Long time customer. This guitar is fantastic. I played it so much in the past 12 hours that my fingers need pain killers. I just love it. Built well. Stays in tune and sure looks pretty. Decided to display it with my other guitars. Very happy!!!!

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              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              For the True Bluesman

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              By D.E. Miller

              from Huntingdon, PA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

                This gem of a guitar will have you packing up your suit-case, runnin' down to the station... and catchin' that ol' fastest mail train you see.

                I absolutely love this resonator guitar and am flooded with compliments each time I pull it out. I play in open tunings (G, E, or D) and ocassionally in standard with a bottleneck or chrome slide. When performing with this baby at shows, jaws just hit the floor and it's as if you're taken back to a juke-joint in the 1930's Mississippi Delta.

                This resonator is not for your average guitar picker but for your true down to the roots bluesmen.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Hats off to Gretsch, I'm very impressed

                By resonatorlover

                from NY

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Like The Quality
                • Strong

                Cons

                • Not Consistent

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

                The attention to quality and detail really amazed me. Was going to save for another National, but got a Honey dipper and an alligator instead. Any sound difference or quality difference doesn't justify the price difference to me. I've owned 4 Nationals and presently own 3. Kinda wish Gretsch would introduce a square-neck biscuit cone. Also noticed one reviewer compared these with a tri-cone. Kind of like apples and oranges. Tri-cones are not better or worse, just different.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Pretty good steel box

                By Bluedoo Man

                from Virginia

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                Pros

                • Good Set Up
                • Good Tone
                • Well made

                Cons

                • None yet

                Best Uses

                • Everything

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9201 Honeydipper Metal Round Neck Resonator:

                Still pretty new, but so far I like the construction, feel, and playability of the Gretsch steel box. Particularly, I like the old-time blues sound you get with it. Some folks say it's too "tinny" for their taste, but it sounds just right to my ear. Sounds like the boxes used on the vintage blues records by innumerable artists. Sounds good straight and takes the slide beautifully -both glass and metal.

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