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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 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Consistent (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (20)
    • Jamming (11)
    • Small venues (9)
    • Recording (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5), 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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    4.0

    Gretsch Jim Dandy parlor guitar

    By Sixstringbox

    from White Rock, NM

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    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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    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.

      Comment on this review

       
      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.

              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.

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