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Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  2-Color Sunburst 

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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.

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

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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
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (28)
  • Good feel (25)
  • Stays in tune (23)
  • Good audio (17)
  • Consistent (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (29)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (7), Novice (6)

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.

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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

For the price awesome guitar

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from St Paul Mn

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I recieved an open box and there wasnt a thing wrong with it it was packaged extremely well and as always its shipped fast

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    5.0

    Great parlor for fingerstyle

    By 

    from NH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Cheap Nut And Saddle
    • Mediocre Finish

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

    This is a very nice little guitar. It looks plain and rough but it plays well and sounds beautiful. That seems to be exactly what Gretsch was going for: a revival of a simple, really good midcentury catalog guitar.

    The back and sides are a soft, matte black, and the top is a very very dark brown sunburst. There are some imperfections in the staining and in the purfling, but nothing shocking. Nut and bridge are cheap plastic. The tuners were stiff and gritty at first, but they are open and can be lubricated.

    The body is all agathis, and all laminate, which usually means a choked, flat sound. Surprisingly, this guitar has a very nice, bright, crisp tone, with excellent separation of the voices and good volume. It rewards fingerstyle play with a surprising depth of expression. The sound is more pretty than gritty, especially with Martin silk and steel strings. The sound may owe something to the saddle and bridge setup, in which the strings anchor on the saddle rather than being held in place below the top with pins.

    The neck on this guitar was straight, well finished, and extremely comfortable to play. Frets were very well finished and smooth. No buzz anywhere, and the action was neither too high nor too low. It seems that Gretsch put more effort into playability and setup than looks, which is fine with me.

    For the price this is a very good deal.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar for your buck!!!

    By 

    from Louisville, KY

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

    Great Guitar

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    To much Fun

    By 

    from alabama

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

      I own a school of music and have played professionally my entire life. I saw other reviews of this little Gretsch Guitar and I have two or three parlor guitars. By far of all my small body guitars this little Gretsch guitar is my favorite..! Right out of the box I cut the strings off of it and put a set of Martin silk and steels on it just a slight truss rod adjustment, and it sounded incredible ...! I like it so much I just ordered another one ...!!

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      5.0

      Super Rex!

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      from East Coast,NJ

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      Pros

      • COMFORTABLE
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Great sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Song Writing
        • Travel Guitar

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

        I've affectionately named my jim dandy "The Dog". It goes with me everywhere I go. This parlor guitar has a one of a kind voice to it. like many reviewers say, its hard to stop playing. for the price this guitar is a super value.Well, gotta go "The Dog" is wagging his tail and wants to play.

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        4.0

        Great for the price

        By 

        from Northern NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Children Instruction
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

        I had been considering a parlor size guitar to travel with and mess around with as my EJ-200 is a bit rough on younger hands. I was hoping its constant presence in the living room would influence my girls to pick it up and play. It is very light, easy to play, forgiving on the fingers, and sounds great for what it is. After reading the reviews and watching a few youtube demonstration clips, I chose this over other manufacturers. So far it is a blast and if one of the kids starts showing an interest, I will get another for myself.

        The materials are on par with this price point as is the sound (not as rich as a full size with higher quality materials). That being said, it is a sharp looking instrument.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Guitar!

        By 

        from Bloomington, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

          I was looking for a parlor/smaller size guitar as I have some shoulder and neck problems. This fit the bill perfectly. Had a shorter neck and overall size. I took a chance on it because I checked reviews and some u-tube comments about this guitar and decided To buy it. I absolutely love it! The sound is really unbelievable for the size. I am so happy with this guitar. I've had a very good Martin which I still this is really good but had to sell it because of my neck problems. I consider this guitar as good as any I've had before. For me and what I need, this guitar was perfect. I'm 65 yrs old and I favorably recommend this guitar for all.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a little gem !

          By 

          from Yorkshire, UK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None Yet

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

          After deliberating whether or not to buy this my wife (bless her !)surprised me for Christmas with one. I was very sceptical, I mean, I have a couple of onther Gretsch guitars and paid a hell of a lot more then a hundred and odd quid for them ! I gave it the once over and was very pleased with it's appearance, ok, it's not perfect but I found that sort of fitted in with it's character. I tuned it and was very pleasantly surprised by its voice ! I lowered the strings a little but thats really all I had to do to suit my style. I've been to a couple of acoustic nights and its certainly generated a fair bit of interest. I'm playing it all the time and I find it makes my fingerstyle blues sound really authentic. I find it sounds better picked than strummed with a pick but chords do sound clear and added notes do stand out well. Overall it's one guitar I'm really pleased with, I love it's quirkyness and at such a good price I really wonder why I didn't have one sooner !

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice

          By 

          from Wash dc

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          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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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Big smile...still chuckling

                By 

                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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