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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 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (30)
  • Good feel (28)
  • Stays in tune (24)
  • Good audio (18)
  • Consistent (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (30)
  • Jamming (21)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Novice (7), Professional musician (7)

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

Good Buy - No Regrets

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from Virginia

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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.

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        5.0

        Super cheap super guitar.

        By 

        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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Can't put it down.

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          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...

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            5.0

            Jim Dandy to the rescue

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            from tn

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            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.

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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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great parlor for fingerstyle

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                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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                5.0

                Great Guitar for your buck!!!

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                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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                (4 of 4 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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