Gretsch G9220 Roundneck Bobtail Reviews4.9/5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
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from Spring, TX
December 30, 2012Music Background:
Love this guitar!I have 8 other guitars ranging in quality up to a Les Paul Custom, and am very pleased with this. I wanted to get a resonator for it's distinctive sound and absolutely love it. This guitar is very well made and looks and sounds fantastic. If you are looking for something above entry level but not too expensive you will not be disappointed. Great service and great price from Sweetwater.
from Ithaca, NY USA
November 2, 2012Music Background:
Blues Player- 25 years
It's a keeperI knew within 5 minutes this guitar was a keeper. Had a perfect medium high action, right out of the box( I asked for the one with highest action/ this guitar is used predominately for slide ) . Beautiful tone and projection, simple plug and play electronics, should you choose to amplify- no controls but your hands and the amp)
About a month later I am still having trouble putting it down!! It's addictive to play.
I'm more of an electric player, but have been wanting to try a solo a justice act to gig when my band isn't. I needed a second acoustic instrument to back up my flattop, and play slide on...have always wanted a resonator but they are either cheap entry level instruments or too expensive. This guitar is the perfect middle ground, IMO. I've been playing guitar for about 25 years now- not just dabbling as a hobbyist. I'm a very serious hobbyist! I know a good guitar when I play one and this guitar is just that.
from Bear DE USA
October 20, 2012Music Background:
Professional performance artist and recording engineer
The Only Thing Cheap is the Price!Gretsch! What a company! I hardly know where to start. I'm a song writer, I gig every weekend in my original and somewhat eclectic band and I own I licensed recording studio. I'm always looking for a different sound and I got my mind set on a resonator guitar. I did a lot of research in the 1000 dollar category. Several guitars seemed appealing enough for this reason or that but when I stumbled on to this one I was intrigued. I've long since given up hope that I could ever afford a new instrument made in the USA so I like to check out the American company and try to size them up for integrity. I was pleased with Gretsch and since I have a fondness for retro situations this guitar was definitely my style. It could have been 1000 bucks and I would have gone for it...but hey, I'll take half price any day.I of course ordered from Sweetwater because they are extremely helpful and efficient. It arrived on a Friday a couple of hours before a gig and I planned on introducing it publicly at a later date after I would have a chance to grow accustom to it. Upon unpacking it I noticed it had been previously opened and resealed with tamper prof tape so I could rest assured that when Gretsch got it from over seas they opened it to inspect and set it up then repackage it with the inspectors identification. It would be sealed in the most protective packaging I've ever witnessed until I would receive it. It's even more beautiful in person and when I picked it up I knew right away that this was the most solidly built instrument I had ever held. The action was perfect for me whereas I play slide, finger pick and strum and it was pretty much in tune. I knew resonator guitars are cool for slide and lovely for finger picking but I had no idea how responsive and defined they are for all types of strumming. The way the harmonics linger and interact with so shiny a sustain is a sound to behold! So yeah, I did it. I took it to the gig and used it in every single song for which I play guitar. The pickup did a good job. I had the treble rolled back in the mains but my monitor send had no EQ so I did experience a piezo characteristic which isn't my cup of tea but the packed house gave me stellar reviews on my new sound. The only reason I mention the piezo is because, depending on your set up, you may wan't to invest in a little dedicated preamp but you can purchase a decent one for around a hundred dollars and, in my mind, you've still saved 400 bucks...5 Brightly Shining Stars!
from NB Canada
October 10, 2012Music Background:
Musician, Live Sound Engineer
Very Very SweetIt's the sound I was looking for. I can't wait to get it on stage.
from Oak Ridge, NJ
April 5, 2013Music Background:
Great value for a reasonable priceVery good sounding resonator guitar right out of the box for a reasonable price.
It's a very well made musical instrument...not a toy.
It's a bit smaller than I expected but it has a big sound and that distinctive resonator tone and sustain I was looking for.
Sounds great acoustically...and plugged in as well.
Only drawback is that it doesn't have a volume control on the guitar...so you need to control volume and tone from the amplifier.
That's easy enough to do and I'm very happy I purchased it.
As usual, Sweetwater and my sales engineer, Nick Schenkel were an absolute pleasure to deal with.