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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

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
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (34)
  • Good feel (31)
  • Stays in tune (27)
  • Good audio (21)
  • Consistent (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (33)
  • Jamming (24)
  • Small venues (18)
  • Recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (8), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't put it down.

Love this thing. Took me a few days, though. Had to tighten truss rod to get the strings down/intonation right. E sounded good, G out of tune, vice/versa, but...Read complete review

Love this thing. Took me a few days, though. Had to tighten truss rod to get the strings down/intonation right. E sounded good, G out of tune, vice/versa, but once I got that dialed in and the new strings stretched out (comes with D'Addario phosphor bronze 12 s, but I put on D'Addario flat top 12s EFT16), I'm very happy. I have a couple of big jumbo/dreadnought acoustics and a little tiny pawnshop find I put Nashville tuning strings on. This thing is right in the middle. 24" inches from nut to bridge. Light. The agathis wood almost feels plastic, but in a GOOD way. Punchy, Djangoesque tone. This is the perfect couch/camp/lake/throw in backseat/pass around the party guitar. This would be a fantastic first guitar for a kid. For the price, worth every penny. No complaints. Hope this helped...

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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.

Reviewed by 39 customers

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4.0

Great little Guitar!

By Fourrib2

from orange ma,

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • When a Full scale Guitar Just won't Fit!

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I found the Jim Dandy Flat Top to be a Great little guitar right out the box!
    I wanted a Smaller Guitar to play when the mood hits...and I've found being able to have by my side, has Been great! I play a lot of Blues style and the Jim Dandy Fits the sound to a T!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it

    By Noel

    from San Juan, PR

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

      Right out of the box the guitar sounded and felt great. I had a tech put new strings on it and lower the action just a tad. Now it's perfect. I keep it on a stand in the living room and it's quickly become the guitar I play the most. It has some sweet spots around the 7th fret where string bends just sound sublime. Highly recommended.

       
      5.0

      Unbelievable guitar for the price

      By Jake

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues
        • Travel

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

        This is a great guitar that has many applications. Its sound and look has that vintage feel. The price point is steal.

        (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for price. Not for pros.

        By Lee Coulter

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Travel

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

          I understand this is a cheap guitar and highly recommend it for beginners or if you need a small scale beater for camping etc. However, I wanted to write a review for anyone who was like me and looking specifically for that woody, vintage character like the old birch Stellas for that 60 and 70s folk sound. Nick Drake has one of my fav tones for reference (Word is that he played an all Mahogany Guild M20 which I don't think they make any more). I'm a full time singer songwriter and my closest guitar that I own to the sound that I want is a Gibson L2 Banner Reissue (all mahogany) that I like a lot (and cost almost $3000 more) but still wanted something a bit dirtier, mid rangey, sounding. After I heard vids on YOUTUBE of the Jim Dandy, I thought it could be promising especially for such a low price. But I played one in store today and it was as cheap sounding and feeling as it's price. Nothing like the videos had me hoping. The strings played loose and wild and it had a much more plastic, boxy sound than anything earthy or woody. You might be able to get away with recording blues on it but for any sort of roots, folk, it was far from what I was looking for. Going to put Martin Retro Bluegrass strings on my Gibson and see if that gets me what I want. Otherwise I'm finally pulling the trigger on a Martin 00015m.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Buy - No Regrets

          By Johnny

          from Virginia

          About Me Experienced

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          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

          Fit/finish/fretwork on mine are all pretty good. Action is a little high, but I can fix that. The neck feels comfortable. The sound is pleasing, and it has more than enough volume for my living room. If you are looking for a small guitar with a small price, I haven't seen a better choice than this one. I also tried the Fender CP100. It wasn't bad, but Jim Dandy is a keeper.

           
          5.0

          Super cheap super guitar.

          By Chris

          from Michigan

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

            Super cool guitar for sitting around jamming. Awesome price for an awesome guitar. Get one or two right now.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Can't put it down.

            By Exile On Beale Street

            from Memphis via Mississippi Delta

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

              Love this thing. Took me a few days, though. Had to tighten truss rod to get the strings down/intonation right. E sounded good, G out of tune, vice/versa, but once I got that dialed in and the new strings stretched out (comes with D'Addario phosphor bronze 12 s, but I put on D'Addario flat top 12s EFT16), I'm very happy. I have a couple of big jumbo/dreadnought acoustics and a little tiny pawnshop find I put Nashville tuning strings on. This thing is right in the middle. 24" inches from nut to bridge. Light. The agathis wood almost feels plastic, but in a GOOD way. Punchy, Djangoesque tone. This is the perfect couch/camp/lake/throw in backseat/pass around the party guitar. This would be a fantastic first guitar for a kid. For the price, worth every penny. No complaints. Hope this helped...

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Jim Dandy to the rescue

              By rusty fingers

              from tn

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                This little dandy really delivers a lot of sound. Very fun to play. Stays in tune great. It's been a go to guitar. Love the looks. Light weight. Great deal for the price. Go get one while they last.

                 
                5.0

                For the price awesome guitar

                By oldzman

                from midwest

                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

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great parlor for fingerstyle

                  By CycleDudeNh

                  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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