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Since 1883, Gretsch has been making quality, hand-crafted musical instruments and, though its designs have certainly changed with the times, its appreciation for vintage aesthetic has remained as strong as ever. And with its Roots Collection, Gretsch has brought back to life its folk and traditional instruments selection with 30s, 40s and 50s-inspired designs but with modern details. From banjos to ukuleles to resonators, mandolins, lap steel and even hybrids, Gretsch has everything your need to recreate all your favorite old-timey tones.
With so many timeless favorites to choose from, you're sure to find one to perfectly suit your lifestyle. If you're looking for a fun, relatively easy-to-learn secondary instrument or something portable for campfires and sing-alongs, a ukulele like the Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9100 Soprano Standard Ukulele is a great option. This compact instrument is crafted from laminated mahogany and boasts a 2-piece mahogany neck for great tone. It also features Grover pegs to keep it in tune, even on the go.
If you've got your heart set on a mandolin, however, the Gretsch Guitars G9311 New Yorker Supreme Acoustic-Electric Mandolin offers exceptional performance, beauty and value. It boasts a solid mahogany top, back and sides to deliver a smooth, full tone, and beautiful details like the clamshell tailpiece and pearl dot inlays on the fingerboard are sure to turn heads. It's an especially great secondary instrument for a violinist, because it features identical tuning and similar fingering, not to mention the comparable size.
Someone looking for a classic folk or bluegrass sound, however, can't go wrong with a banjo like the Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String Banjo. This striking instrument features a 3-piece maple and walnut neck, 3-ply solid maple rim and a Whyte Laydie tone ring for a quality feel and powerful, timeless sound any banjo enthusiast will love. The nickel-plated hardware, vintage-style tailpiece and gloss finish add stunning beauty, too, so the Dixie Deluxe really is the whole package.
Trusted by many of the world's most popular artists, Gretsch has earned its reputation through constructing high-quality instruments for over a century. And through it all, the company hasn't forgotten its roots. Gretsch's selection of folk and traditional instruments feature the same detail-oriented design and gorgeous tone as you've come to expect from their ever-popular guitars and drums, so you know you'll love them just as much.