Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top (Vintage Sunburst)Item ID: G9500JDFT
Parlor-sized 12-fret Acoustic Guitar with Agathis Back, Sides, and Top, Nato Neck, and Rosewood Fretboard - Vintage Sunburst
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A 12-fret with Classic Gretsch Style!The Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top acoustic guitar takes you back to the '30s and '40s, back when smaller parlor guitars like the Gretsch Rex were the kings of front-porch strumming and backyard get-togethers. A traditional 12-fret guitar through and through, you'll be hard pressed to find a more comfortable acoustic guitar than the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top, whose small body makes it an ideal choice for your next couch guitar. At the same time, a highly resonant agathis back, sides, and top along with an elongated body provide give the Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top plenty of natural projection.
Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top 12-fret Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
A parlor-size guitar with full-bodied 12-fret sound and exceptional projection
When acoustic guitars like the Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top were a far more common sight, guitarists relied on the natural volume of their instruments to be heard over full bands and across crowded halls. By jointing the neck to the body at the 12th fret rather than the 14th fret, as is common practice today, and by elongating the front bout, old-time luthiers were able to produce smaller guitars that projected with surprising volume. So, when you pickup and strum your G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top, don't be surprised by its remarkably powerful voice - be delighted!
Agathis provides the traditional soft warmth of vintage pinewood acoustic guitars
Pine was one of the most popular woods for smaller acoustic guitars in the first half of the 20th century, but time has shown how this softer tonewood ages: not so well. Agathis, on the other hand, a distant relative of pine, gives your the same tonal character, but weathers far better. That's why Gretsch turned to this rapidly renewable tonewood, when they created the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top. With a voice as resonant as alder but warm and mellow like mahogany, the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top is a perfect choice for singer/songwriters and acoustic groups alike.
This traditional acoustic instrument celebrates Gretsch's roots in American music
Part of their Roots collection, the G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top gives you a chance to own one of Gretsch's earliest instruments. Everyone knows Gretsch electric guitars and drums, but did you know that got their start in 1883 as a banjo company? It wasn't long before Gretsch was making mandolins, ukuleles, and eventually flat-top guitars, contributing to the very roots of American music. So when you pick up a Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top, you're holding more than a great guitar, you're holding a piece of American music history.
Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top 12-fret Acoustic Guitar Features:
Capture the sound of by-gone days with a Gretsch Roots Collection G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top 12-fret acoustic guitar!
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Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
A Great Little Parlor Guitar!
by Blake C from United StatesI bought this as an inexpensive and small guitar to travel with and leave my nicer, bigger acoustics at home. However, I play this one almost exclusively since it came in and have recorded with it ma... read more [+]ny times since. It gets the old folk and 'blues box' sound in spades. The quality is exceptional for a guitar in this price range and I'm surprised daily by the value. close [-]
March 29, 2013
Music Background: Songwriter, Home Recordist
Sweet sounding little guitar
by Michael from Austin, The Republic of TexasThe only sub-par thing I could find on this guitar was the tuning machines. They are cheap, and several are binding up and are hard to turn [easily fixed]. The white 'binding' is really a painted-on s... read more [+]tripe.
February 22, 2013
Music Background: Record Company Owner
The good news is that this little [36 1/2"] guitar sounds amazingly loud and sweet. I think that the tone is somewhere between a cedar and a spruce topped instrument, not as dark as mahogany. Of course, these opinions are always very subjective, but I was really pleased at the tones coming from this little box.
I have small hands, so I was happy with the shorter scale [24"], and how easy this guitar is to play. Sweetwater did a great job with the set-up, as usual. Agathis is a wood sort of in the conifer family, softer than spruce but a bit harder than white pine, and it's a pretty good tone wood. The Jim Dandy has a very pleasing tone and excellent sustain.
This instrument is wonderful for finger-picking, and would make a great kid's guitar due to it's small size. I am very happy with my purchase of this guitar. Get one! close [-]
by Anthony K. from PortlandMy Jim Dandy just arrived!
February 20, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
I wish the neck was a little thicker and wider, like my Stella - but not bad.
You won't find a hint of woodgrain on this guitar. There is a veneer tha... read more [+]t covers every inch. Luckily it has a mat finish, so it's not so bad.
The action is great, especially if you're used to playing old Harmonys or Stellas. It stays in tune and has a nice tone, not too bright. The guitar comes ready to play ou of the box (at least mine did). Comes with D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings.
The tuners are okay but I would have preferred that they were much less ornate - something similar to older Klusons.
The binding, like the guitars they were modeled after, is painted on - a little sloppily, especially at the neck . The guitar would, in my opinion, look better withouth the pick guard.
Now after all my nit-picking, I freaking love this guitar. Any one that loves old Harmony, Stella, Silvertone, Kay etc.... guitars, will be happy with the Jim Dandy. If you're tired of buying vintage flat tops off of eBay, and finding the neck to be unsuitable for anything but slide, will be happy with this guitar out of the box.
Come on, it's only $149 with shipping. How can you go wrong? It kicks the crap out of anything in its price range. close [-]
Good bang for your buck.
by fromThis 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 ... read more [+]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 lacquer 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 finished so poorly. I guess for the price-point 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. close [-]
April 14, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top (Vintage Sunburst)
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