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Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar 2-ToneSunburst 

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Faithful to the Gretsch "Rex" parlor guitars of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, the all-new G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor-style model embodies everything...Read More

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Crackerjack quality at a sober price.

Faithful to the Gretsch "Rex" parlor guitars of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, the all-new G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor-style model embodies everything that was great about everyone's first guitar. Everything and then some, that is, because the G9500 is crafted with select guitar woods and is fully lined and braced for warm and pleasing tone, with a 24" scale for endless hours of playing comfort.

Case sold separately.



FEATURES
  • Parlor-size agathis body
  • X-bracing
  • Screened white purfling and rosette
  • "C" shaped neck
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Double-action truss rod

Load up with some compact vintage vibe. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar

  • Body
  • Body Material: Agathis
  • Body Shape: Non-Cutaway
  • Body Back: Agathis
  • Body Sides: Agathis
  • Body Top: Agathis
  • Body Finish: Semi-Gloss Vintage Sunburst
  • Bracing: X Bracing
  • Rosette: Screened White
  • Purfling: Screened White
  • F Holes Sound Holes: 3 7/16" Diameter Soundhole
  • Body Length: 18" (457 mm)
  • Body Width Upper Bout: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Body Width Lower Bout: 13" (330 mm)
  • Body Binding: Screened White
  • Neck
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Number of Frets: 18 (12 to Body)
  • Fret Size: Vintage-Style
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Nato
  • Neck Finish: Semi-Gloss Vintage Sunburst
  • Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.8 mm)
  • Scale Length: 24" (610 mm)
  • Headstock: 1950's Gretsch® 3x3
  • Truss Rods: Double-Action Body Adjust
  • Truss Rod Nut: Hex
  • Hardware
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel-Plated
  • Bridge: Rosewood Top-Load with Compensated PPS Saddle
  • Tuning Machines: Open-Back Geared
  • String Nut: PPS
  • Tools
  • Truss Rod Wrench: Yes
  • Miscellaneous
  • Strings: D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze, Light (.012-.053 Gauges)
  • Unique Features: Compensated saddle; 24" Scale Length.
  • Accessories
  • Truss-Rod Hex Wrench
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Gretsch GuitarsJim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (18)
  • Stays in tune (15)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Consistent (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (21)
    • Jamming (12)
    • Small venues (10)
    • Recording (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than it has a right to be

    Jim Dandy paid me a visit today. I unpackaged the guitar, tuned it up, and was instantly pleased. It was like having a catalog guitar shipped to me from another era. Read complete review

    Jim Dandy paid me a visit today. I unpackaged the guitar, tuned it up, and was instantly pleased. It was like having a catalog guitar shipped to me from another era.

    I find the intonation to be fantastic; acoustic guitars are usually an ongoing struggle for me in this regard. I endlessly experiment with strings, nuts, saddles, and set-ups in general in an effort to get those clean, clear intervals all over the neck. But today I was pleasantly surprised by an instrument for under two bills right out of the box.

    Neck relief was right-on for me. I wouldn't want a light, low action on this guitar – half the fun of this guitar can be had with a slide. I diagnosed a high fret with a metal ruler and filed it, alleviating the only bit of fret buzz. I'm no luthier, but a guitar this affordable inspires a certain confidence with a file. Also, I couldn't imagine taking it to a luthier after having paid so little. I couldn't recommend such measures, it's just that I would rather have no guitar than one with uneven frets. Beware: Yours may buzz. Mine was buzzing like Ravi Shankar at the twelfth-fret G. Open B-string buzzed. A little messing about with the nut solved this. So, a little work and the setup is top-notch. In other words: It required less setup than my beautiful USA-made Tacoma dreadnought...

    The finish has that satin-like cheapness that seems to abound in the Gretsch Roots Collection. I like kitsch and I like cheap, so it works for me. It may not be for everyone, though. The Jim Dandy fits into that category of guitars with tons of character, but also a playability and intonation that presents no real struggle between the musicality of the player and the instrument. Sometimes it's a lot more fun to sit around the house and play this sort of guitar instead of a Taylor or Rainsong with abalone inlay and brilliant, piano-like tone. Of course, there's a time and a place for all guitars; this one just happens to occupy a rarely-seen cheap and actually worthwhile niche.

    On stage, mic'd up or with the right pickup, it will fit right into my gig accompanying a jazz singer. In the studio, it will provide a unique, old-school sound with slide or a nice, contrasting layer along with either a 6-string dreadnought or 12-string.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Sweet axe for the cash.

    This guitar has the sound and look of a much higher priced parlor guitar (3/4 size). Once you look at the finish from a few feet away though- you see some of...Read complete review

    This guitar has the sound and look of a much higher priced parlor guitar (3/4 size). Once you look at the finish from a few feet away though- you see some of the nice touches are only skin deep... or in this case... paint deep. Guitar's sound gets 4 stars but aesthetics (on close inspection) get 2... averaging for a total score of 3 out of 5. White edge/trim is simply a layer of paint. The wood's finish is some type of satin laquer which appears to only be a sprayed/coated on varnish and is not a true stain. I feel the guitar sounds quite nice. I would describe the tone as crisp and bright as opposed to full and warm... stays in tune, simple but nice fretboard and hardware. Neck is smaller than standard and easy to get your hand around. Action seems just right. It is a shame such a nice sounding and playing guitar is finshed so poorly. I guess for the pricepoint they had to cut corners somewhere. Perhaps a good opportunity to refinish a guitar? For the price, this satisfies though. This guitar's short fall is the finish, and frankly; I would have paid twice the price for a higher quality one.

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    5.0

    Very nice

    By Stewvox

    from Wash dc

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

          I had some concerns before receiving this guitar. I like to think of myself as very particular when it comes to guitars. The smallest little thing can ruin a guitar for me. The Jim dandy has a great personality and is worth every penny. I wasn't disappointed in any way and that is very rare. I don't seek perfection but I do need a guitar to be special. This guitar has that unexplained quality that I think most of us seek.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Big smile...still chuckling

          By Rick

          from Westport, Massachusetts

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

            I've been playing almost 50 years. I have a couple of Martin guitars, Seagull, and have had Larrivee and Breedlove acoustics also.

            This is almost unbelievable but the guitar was in tune when I unpackaged it. The action is more than playable out of the box. all positions are playable. There is slightly more relief in the neck than spec. But the action is still great. When I do a setup on it, I will set it up for fingerstyle playing which will have very low action. But right out of the box it was great and it just made me laugh. A beginner could play in the first position without any stress due to the guitar itself.

            I never expected it to be as good as the reviews and videos I saw of this instrument. You know how that goes.....everyone raves about a product and you purchase it, receive it, and you scratch your head and think you got the lemon of the bunch because it is junk. This guitar is not junk. It's cool, playable and has a real good feel and vibe to it.

            It sounds very good mic'd up (MXL 990 or MXL 4000 either sounded nice).

            I am not going to degrade the finish. It's laughable with it's painted wiggly pinstripe and so dark sunburst that the guitar looks just black....nothing like the picture. I didn't buy it for the finish and I didn't expect a great finish for this price. Bingo!

            I am not sure that it has a solid top or not. It doesn't matter, it sounds good.

            My intentions are to add a sound hole pickup and use it live at my gigs. The pickup will likely cost more than the guitar!

            I always wanted a 12 fret to body guitar other than my old 1925 Martin Mahoghany guitar. Though it doesn't need it at all, I will tweak the neck, level the frets and dress them and lower the action as low as possible so that it is set up for fingerstyle.

            Right now it is a great all around acoustic that plays better than all of my expensive acoustics when they came "out of the box". Fingerstyle, clawhammer and slide playing are more than acceptible right out of the box.

            I think I will get another or start down the path of 12 fret parlor size guitar acquistion. It is that much fun and oh so comfortable to play.

            This is a fun cheap guitar that sounds good and plays well. It makes me wonder what else is out there that is just as fun for cheap money? Time to explore what's available!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Gretsch Jim Dandy parlor guitar

            By Sixstringbox

            from White Rock, NM

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Great Value For Money
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Action May Require Adjust

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

            This is a very nice little guitar for a very reasonable cost. Laminate sides and solid top; compensated bridge. Fit and feel are good and it played well right out of the box. Action may need to be adjusted slightly to ease playability up the neck. Price doesn't include a bag, but that's ok. This would be a good choice for a "travel guitar." And it's got a kinda cool look to it, too---

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Cheap Character

            By nobodeuno

            from WNC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

            • Sonically Midrange Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Really Fun Songwriter

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

            Ok...so this guitar has a ton of character and is allot of fun to play. It is well made and quite beatable as I play percussively sometimes. It's one of those parlor guitars you don't mind abusing a bit! It sounds pretty unique and has a catchy nuance to it. It does sound old school and bluesy if you wish. One thing that surprised me was it resonance...it ring for 10 seconds after striking. It's can bark like a mando but is smooth when fingerpicked. Due to it's design it will cut through acoustically on top of other guitars. It doesn't have the volume or definition of a fine guitar, but it has something acoustically unique! As for ascetics, it a plain jane, painted purfling & rosette, spray painted sunburst, with black back. Neck is, well pretty very nicely profiled and uses a nice selection of rosewood on fretboard and fretwork is excellent! It is very easy to play due to the scale. I raised the action a tad to eliminate buzzing when played percussively. It actually records quite well...So in conclusion...it's a deal and you won't be disappointed...there are a ton of vids available, (you know where) but only a few that capture the true sound and essence of this little dandy. Bottom line, it's fun and a conversation piece around others. Enjoy, life is short!

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            5.0

            Great guitar, great price

            By jammin j

            from Oregon

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Great For Lazy Boy Chair

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

              I purchased this product for the size. I wanted a smaller acoustic that would take a beating and yet be comfortable to play. I was surprised that I like it so well out of the box. I thought maybe it would just be a summer camping guitar but now I keep it in arms reach of the recliner. Great guitar for the price. Like the size and play ability.

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              5.0

              Can't Go Wrong

              By Loves Guitars

              from Schenectady, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Rootsy Vibe

              Cons

              • At This Price- None

              Best Uses

              • Good Travel Guitar
              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

              What a neat guitar. Doesn't have the full-bodied resonance of a guitar costing thousands but it has a very distinct and appealing voice. Surprisingly good base and well articulated treble. The guitar is great for finger-picked blues. Lightnin' Hopkins riffs somehow sound really authentic on this guitar. This is one of Gretsch's roots series guitars- the designation fits. It may take a few minutes to get used to the guitar's slightly narrower neck and short scale but the action is good and playability is excellent. Tuners are decent and the guitar tunes easily. Even if you own some high end instruments, you might find it hard to put this guitar down. It's really a blast to play and impossible to dislike, especially given the price.

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              5.0

              This guitar is a Jim Dandy!

              By MartyR

              from Des Moines, IA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Awesome Looking
              • Funky Sound
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • None I Can Find

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

              This guitar is just fun to play. I just leave it in the living room and I pick it up every time I sit down. When played side by side with my 1970's Kay parlor, the two are a dynamic duo.

              Comment on this review

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better than it has a right to be

              By ms110281

              from Oakley, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                  Jim Dandy paid me a visit today. I unpackaged the guitar, tuned it up, and was instantly pleased. It was like having a catalog guitar shipped to me from another era.

                  I find the intonation to be fantastic; acoustic guitars are usually an ongoing struggle for me in this regard. I endlessly experiment with strings, nuts, saddles, and set-ups in general in an effort to get those clean, clear intervals all over the neck. But today I was pleasantly surprised by an instrument for under two bills right out of the box.

                  Neck relief was right-on for me. I wouldn't want a light, low action on this guitar – half the fun of this guitar can be had with a slide. I diagnosed a high fret with a metal ruler and filed it, alleviating the only bit of fret buzz. I'm no luthier, but a guitar this affordable inspires a certain confidence with a file. Also, I couldn't imagine taking it to a luthier after having paid so little. I couldn't recommend such measures, it's just that I would rather have no guitar than one with uneven frets. Beware: Yours may buzz. Mine was buzzing like Ravi Shankar at the twelfth-fret G. Open B-string buzzed. A little messing about with the nut solved this. So, a little work and the setup is top-notch. In other words: It required less setup than my beautiful USA-made Tacoma dreadnought...

                  The finish has that satin-like cheapness that seems to abound in the Gretsch Roots Collection. I like kitsch and I like cheap, so it works for me. It may not be for everyone, though. The Jim Dandy fits into that category of guitars with tons of character, but also a playability and intonation that presents no real struggle between the musicality of the player and the instrument. Sometimes it's a lot more fun to sit around the house and play this sort of guitar instead of a Taylor or Rainsong with abalone inlay and brilliant, piano-like tone. Of course, there's a time and a place for all guitars; this one just happens to occupy a rarely-seen cheap and actually worthwhile niche.

                  On stage, mic'd up or with the right pickup, it will fit right into my gig accompanying a jazz singer. In the studio, it will provide a unique, old-school sound with slide or a nice, contrasting layer along with either a 6-string dreadnought or 12-string.

                  Comment on this review

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  She is a Dandy!

                  By JRincones

                  from San Antonio, TX

                  About Me Novice

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                    Great out of the box no set up required. This is such a fun guitar to play that I have a hard time putting it down. I found it to be perfect for practice, jamming, writing songs and just strumming to my favrite tunes for fun. Maybe not as full and fat sounding as a full size dreadnot but sounds good none the less. Get you one you'll have fun playing it!

                    Comment on this review

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    JIM DANDY FLAT TOP

                    By TERRY

                    from HUDSON, FLORIDA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                      ALL IN ALL A NICE LITTLE GUITAR. FUN TO PLAY AND
                      SOUNDS GOOD. NOT REAL CRAZY ABOUT THE FLAT BLACK
                      FINISH ON THE BACK BUT NONE THE LESS I LIKE THE
                      GUITAR.

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