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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.

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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
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Stays in tune (13)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Consistent (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (16)
    • Jamming (9)
    • Small venues (9)
    • Recording (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (4), Professional musician (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

    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

    (8 of 8 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.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice parlor size with antique feel.

            By JasonDE

            from La Fayette, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

              Good parlor sized guitar. The neck is a good shape and is easy to play. I am an adult and it is not too narrow for larger hands.

              Comment on this review

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Plays better than the price, by a bunch!

              By JLF

              from Ophir, Ca.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                What a steal! What a great guitar for the price. The tone sounds like a much bigger body and one costing three times as much.

                Comment on this review

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great for the money!

                By Rapid Robert

                from Roswell, New Mexico

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Cheap Finish

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                This is a great little guitar for the money. When it arrived I couldn't put it down. Sounds surprisingly good, especially the low notes.

                Comment on this review

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice Addition

                By dbpicker

                from Hawaii

                About Me Professional Musician

                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:

                  Love this guitar, so glad I picked it up. Arrived quickly and played well right out of the box. Wanted a small body guitar I could carry with me and not spend so much I'd freak if it got beat up. This guitar is easy to play, came with perfect action, and sounds awesome. Great for finger picking, open tuning blues and country. Pick up the 3/4 bag to carry it around in, another sweet tool for my toolbox!

                  Comment on this review

                  (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Little All-Around Guitar!

                  By Led Zepplica

                  from Tucson, AZ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                    For what it's worth, I don't think I'd buy any other guitar in it's price range. It's no Martin, that's for sure, but the entire instrument is delightful to play. First off, it's got a great little classic look to it. Something anybody would enjoy.

                    Because it's a parlor size, you can get from fret to fret a fraction of a second quicker. This is great for anyone like me who's constantly playing Paul McCartney acoustic pieces such as Blackbird or Mother Nature's Son.

                    I've also taken notice that the Jim Dandy is slightly more reactive to hammer-on's and pull-offs than my Seagull, making this my go-to guitar for songs like Over the Hills and Far Away.

                    All in all, I think it's a great guitar to have, (And it also stands out in a crowd), I say, if you're thinking about buying it (And it's not much whatsoever), go ahead and take a stab. It should be worth your while.

                    Comment on this review

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    wow

                    By gearjammer23

                    from Clovis, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    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:

                      Wow this guitar is great! Its so fun to play and easy/comfortable. Has a great blues/bluegrass/folk tone great for old-time music. If you want a great parlor guitar you cant go wrong with the Gretsch Jim Dandy. It's not too loud but not quiet either. It came set up pretty good from musicians friend I ordered Thursday and received it Wednesday through ups ground (I wasn't supposed to receive it for 13 days).

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