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Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar Black

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Reimagining the popular œRex parlor guitars of the ˜40s and ˜50s, the Jim Dandy Flat Top offers a restrained black finish, updating the look while r...Click To Read More About This Product

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Crackerjack quality at a dandy of a price!

Reimagining the popular œRex parlor guitars of the ˜40s and ˜50s, the Jim Dandy Flat Top offers a restrained black finish, updating the look while retaining the classic Gretsch acoustic sound. Small-bodied but full of tone and œcut, perfect for both picked and fingerstyle playing, the Jim Dandy Flat Top will be a welcome addition to your guitar collection.

The non-cutaway agathis body creates warm, round tone with a lively response due to the X-braced agathis top, while the topload rosewood bridge with compensated synthetic bone saddle ensures even intonation along the length of the neck. Joining the body at the 12th fret, the 24 scale "C"-shape nato neck bears a comfortable, smooth-playing rosewood fingerboard with vintage-style frets and pearloid dot inlays and contains a dual-action truss rod to compensate for temperature or humidity shifts. A 1950' style Gretsch 3x3 headstock holds vintage style open-gear die-cast tuning machines and proudly bears a vintage Gretsch "T"-roof logo.

Nickel-plated hardware along with screened white body binding and rosette completes the Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor guitar' visual package. Ideal for songwriting, practice or even as a travel guitar, this little wonder is great for beginners or seasoned pros alike. Comfortable to play, and full of woody vintage tone with full-sounding bass, the Jim Dandy will inspire hours of playing joy.

FEATURES
Body
Body type: Parlor
Cutaway: Non-cutaway
Top wood: Agathis
Back & sides: Agathis
Bracing pattern: X
Body finish: Semi-gloss black
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: C
Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Nato
Scale length: 24"
Number of frets: 18
Neck finish: Semi-gloss black
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Other
Headstock overlay: Ebony
Tuning machines: Open-Gear Die-Cast Tuning Machines
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle & nut: Compensated Synthetic Bone Saddle
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Tonewoods
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: 4 mm Truss-Rod Hex Wrench
Country of origin: Indonesia

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Gretsch GuitarsG9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good audio (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect For Travel Guitar

The Jim Dandy will work great as my travel guitar. I usually travel 3 or 4 times a year. Taking a full sized guitar is not really doable. Besides my full size git...Read complete review

The Jim Dandy will work great as my travel guitar. I usually travel 3 or 4 times a year. Taking a full sized guitar is not really doable. Besides my full size git is a Taylor and we know what airlines do to those (search youtube).

Is this a great 5 star guitar? No. It sounds great for a small guitar. It's very playable, good action right out of the box. It does need to be tuned a bit each time you play.

The JD is supposedly a copy of 1930 guitars. The construction pretty much reflects that. It looks like it was spray painted black. It's obvious the white stripes were hand painted. I bought a blem from MF and I can't find the blemish. I think the 'new' price is a bit high for this git. The blem price was good.
Ratings:
As a travel guitar *****
Quality ****
Sound ****
Appearance ***
Musician's Friend service *****

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor quality control..MF sent me a used one the first time

Purchased two of these from here and had to return both...They are great little playing and sounding acoustics but the first one Musicians Friend sent me was definitely used and was missing a...Read complete review

Purchased two of these from here and had to return both...They are great little playing and sounding acoustics but the first one Musicians Friend sent me was definitely used and was missing a string and had imperfections all around(dings/scratches)..So, I returned it and ordered another..Same deal..This one came with all the strings but the paint job was horrible.Blotches/scratches/imperfections all the way around..I understand its not a 1000 guitar but even the cheapest squiers/epiphones have some quality control on the paint..Come on Gretsch get it together

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound and feel!

By Evan

from Jersey City, NJ

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Great travel guitar!
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I am very pleased with the look, feel and rich sound from this little guitar. I want to take it everywhere!

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent little guitar

    By Jimsi777

    from Miami Florida

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Neck
    • Perfect setup
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

      I really was surprised when i opened the box and first held this guitar. It took a few hours to adjust to room temperature and hold a tunning, the next day was when i noticed how good this thing sounded and felt, after fully adjusting to room temperature....it feels better than my Martin (before lowering the strings on Martin) all solid wood guitar and sounds as good in its own little way.... The guitar was set up perfectly for me and is probably the best ever acoustic I owned in the way it was set up, feel and sound combined....I still use the Martin, but they are different sounding good in their own ways....

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice little guitar for the money

      By WOGP#1

      from Castle Rock, CO

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

        Open box purchase but could have been new based on condition, packaging, etc.. Little trouble keeping in tune, but will let guitar acclimate and put on new strings - see what happens.

        Its a neat little guitar to keep in the corner making it easy to pick up and play.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I like it

        By Joe

        from Omaha, Nebraska

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

          Fun to play. I think the build quality is great for the price. Would buy again

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          best guitar for the price

          By Ben-jam-in

          from erie, pa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

            this is the best guitar you can buy for this price point. Solid. Holds tune. Resonate. Comfortable. Well built.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Perfect For Travel Guitar

            By hockeyboy

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

              The Jim Dandy will work great as my travel guitar. I usually travel 3 or 4 times a year. Taking a full sized guitar is not really doable. Besides my full size git is a Taylor and we know what airlines do to those (search youtube).

              Is this a great 5 star guitar? No. It sounds great for a small guitar. It's very playable, good action right out of the box. It does need to be tuned a bit each time you play.

              The JD is supposedly a copy of 1930 guitars. The construction pretty much reflects that. It looks like it was spray painted black. It's obvious the white stripes were hand painted. I bought a blem from MF and I can't find the blemish. I think the 'new' price is a bit high for this git. The blem price was good.
              Ratings:
              As a travel guitar *****
              Quality ****
              Sound ****
              Appearance ***
              Musician's Friend service *****

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Pleasant surprise!

              By Jumping J Flash

              from New York

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                I had some points and I saw an Open Box special and I took a shot! Just fun to play. It was all I wanted out of it. I leave it in Open G, it has stayed in tune consistently.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fun Little Guitar

                By Lockwood Slim

                from Southern California

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                  I returned to playing guitar about a year ago after a long hiatus. My previous guitar was a concert size and I had played ukulele in between, so my Seagull dreadnaught felt huge to me. I had been looking for something smaller and also inexpensive, since I planned to use it for travel and playing around the campfire. When I saw this Jim Dandy open box/blem for about a third off the regular price, I jumped on it. The blemish turns out to be a funky spot in the paint on the side of the neck, not at all noticeable and nothing that affects playing. Other that that, the build and finish a quite nice. It looks like what it is meant to look like: A slightly funky, old-time working-class guitar.

                  Setup was pretty good out of the box. The action could maybe be lowered a hair. So far I have not changed strings but I may experiment with some different kinds in the future.

                  It is one fun little guy to play! With the smaller size I can play it while lounging on the sofa, sitting on a log, or wherever. The sound is not as rich and warm as the cedar-top dreadnaught, but I didn't expect it to be. It's not unpleasant, though. Depending on how you play it, it has a nice, slightly jangly tone that lends itself well to blues (not that I am very good at playing blues) as well as roots/America music or old-school folk and country.

                  One small detail I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere: The strap peg is white plastic, not metal. The white color is good with the overall color scheme of the guitar, and it's probably durable enough, but I may swap it for a metal one at some point.

                  Overall, it more than met my expectations. I does exactly what I hoped it would do and I am very satisfied with it.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  great beater and travel instrument

                  By tkey

                  from Kansas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                    I had this little gem for three weeks now, and it is still a joy to play. It's attractive, convenient and has a retro feel that reminds me of my brother's old Stella student guitar from years ago (without the excessive string to neck height). Was looking at Little Martins and Baby Taylor's for a long time; but this Jim Dandy G9520 fit my budget, and all of my expectations! Also, Musicians Friend hooked me up with a nice bag in which this guitar fits! I am very satisfied with this purchase.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I love my Jim Dandy!

                    By old hippie

                    from Pleasant Valley NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Feel
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                      I tuned this right out of the box and began playing it. I love it. Stays in tune. Finger action good. Strings not too high above frets. Frets do need a little filing on the edges, but that's to be expected in this level of guitar.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Poor quality control..MF sent me a used one the first time

                      By za

                      from Alabama

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel

                      Cons

                      • Not Consistent
                      • Poor Construction

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                        Purchased two of these from here and had to return both...They are great little playing and sounding acoustics but the first one Musicians Friend sent me was definitely used and was missing a string and had imperfections all around(dings/scratches)..So, I returned it and ordered another..Same deal..This one came with all the strings but the paint job was horrible.Blotches/scratches/imperfections all the way around..I understand its not a 1000 guitar but even the cheapest squiers/epiphones have some quality control on the paint..Come on Gretsch get it together

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome guitar! Neck feels great, has a great sound too!

                        By Stanford

                        from Denton, TX

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                          This is a great guitar. Sounds wonderful, plays really well, little bit of fret buzz out of the box but nothing too bad. I would recommend this to anyone. For the price and portability you can't go wrong with this one.

                           
                          5.0

                          Just fun

                          By JonBHunting

                          from London, KY

                          About Me Novice

                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                            Great for picking up and practicing without needing to set up an amp. Whole family enjoys it. The kids love it's smaller size, and the wife enjoys me playing "without wires".

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