Gretsch G9350 Park Avenue F-Mandolin A/E - Vintage Sunburst

Acoustic-electric F-style Mandolin with Solid Spruce Top, Maple Sides and Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Vintage Sunburst
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Gretsch Roots Collection Mandolin

Authentic tone and distinctive looks define Gretsch's G9350 Park Avenue acoustic-electric F-mandolin. Whether you enjoy bringing classic tunes back to life or reviving the musical styles of the inspirators and creating your own songs, you know only authentic instruments like the G9350 will give you the sound and feel you're after. The G9350 Park Avenue is the perfect acoustic-electric F-mandolin to take you from recording to the stage, with its perfect-for-condenser-mics, spruce-topped, maple body and Fishman electronics that get you into the mix.

G9350 Park Avenue Acoustic-electric F-mandolin at a Glance:
  • Beauty and tone for your playing pleasure
  • Fishman innovation gets you heard
  • This traditional acoustic instrument celebrates Gretsch's roots in American music
Beauty and tone for your playing pleasure

The G9350 Park Avenue's antique F-style is as playable and great-sounding as it looks. The highly stylized body shape, with its curls and curves, is made of a solid spruce arched top, solid maple sides, and a solid maple arched back, giving your mandolin a voice warm with resonance and an articulate, bright attack. The vintage-style "V" profile maple neck plays as fast as you do while the rosewood fingerboard keeps your tone balanced and present and superior sustain. Finishing off this beauty are vintage touches such as the engraved tailpiece, B&D snowflake fingerboard inlays, open-back geared tuners in nickel, all wrapped up in a stunning vintage sunburst finish.

Fishman innovation gets you heard

Looks as distinctive as the G9350's call for only the best in electronics. For that, Gretsch looked to Fishman and their Nashville M300 pickup. Known for their trusted and innovative designs, Fishman voiced the M300 piezo-ceramic pickup to accurately reinforce the way your mandolin responds to every strum and pluck, every nuance of expression in your playing. No matter if you're playing bluegrass, Americana folk, or celtic styles, there is no better choice than the Gretsch Park Avenue mandolin and Fishman electronics!

This traditional acoustic instrument celebrates Gretsch's roots in American music

At Sweetwater, we play all kinds of music, from metal to hip hop, and we're especially enjoying the resurgence of American roots music. Thanks to Gretsch's dedication to giving the world historically accurate instruments, getting back to those beginnings is exciting. As a part of their Roots collection, the G9350 gives you a chance to own one of Gretsch's earliest instruments. Everyone knows Gretsch electric guitars and drums, but did you know that they 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 G9350, you're holding more than a great mandolin, you're holding a piece of American music history.

G9350 Park Avenue Acoustic-electric F-mandolin Features:
  • Unique, highly stylized body shape will set you apart from the rest
  • Arched top and back for projection and tone
  • Solid spruce top is bright and responsive
  • Solid maple body construction will last you for years
  • Oval-shaped sound hole offers a different tonality that stands out in the mix
  • Vintage appointments give you the feel of the originals
  • Fishman M300 pickup lets you plug in authentic mandolin tone
Make your own musical history with Gretsch's Roots Collection and the G9350 Mandolin!

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Tech Specs

Type Acoustic-electric
Body Shape F Style
Color Vintage Sunburst
Finish Antique Semi-Gloss
Body Material Solid Maple
Top Material Arched Solid Spruce
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Vintage B and D Snowflake
Nut Width 1.125"
Scale Length 13.7"
Hardware Nickel-Plated
Electronics Fishman M300 Nashville Piezo-ceramic Pickup
Strings D'Addario J37 Phosphor Bronze, Light, (.010-.038)
Manufacturer Part Number 2718050500

Customer Reviews

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Many years ago (1957 ) when I was student at The New York State Teacher"s College jn Albany I owned a Gibson, Florentine style mandolin. When I saw the Gretsch G9350, I just had to have that reminder of decades ago. Too bad I let that mandolin go! It would undoubtedly be priceless today Since the late BB King, fondly named his guitar, Lucille, and I'm really in love with my mandolin (she has such a marvelous soprano voice) it would also be fitting that she have an old fashioned name, Matilda. I also have an Epi Wildcat! That seems pretty incongruous for an old guy, huh!! Thanks, Rob Parker for your interest in my personal instrument needs! Oh,I forgot to mention, Matilda sounds pretty darned good plugged in too! My son bought the Gretsch, G9350 for my Christmas present and my 01/09/1933 Birthday present. He takes pretty good care of the old man!

A Mandolin Compatible with Kentucky, The Loar and more

I wanted an F style but not an F5. I wanted an F4 and I found one. The only one priced reasonably I might add. Eastman makes one but it retails at $1000. The Gretsch is all solid wood although not carved as it is machine arched. As far as I am concerned it does not make it sound any different from one that is hand carved. I sold my Eastman MD 304 (A style, oval hole) two days after I received the Gretsch. As it too has the oval hole the sound was almost identical. I found the Gretsch neck more comfortable than the Eastman even though the Eastman was a radiused board and the Gretsch was a couple of hairs narrower than the Eastman. Go figure! The sound is ringing (oval hole) and full. It has more midrange than the Eastman which was all bass and treble making it sound more like a cittern than a mando. The Gretsch has more bark than the Eastman had and that should please Bluegrassers. I do not play bluegrass, as I play folk-blues and jug band. The build is solid and the neck is true. The set up from Sweetwater was spot on (something I cannot say for a Washburn). The aesthetics are pure old timey. The headstock is not the 'cookie-cutter' F headstock. It looks more like an old time tenor banjo headstock and I like that. The finish is satin and will age quickly which is kind of cool. I bought a classy Superior rectangular case with green velvet lining for this baby.....Park Avenue all the way, bro.....
Music background: Acoustic player since 1966 (guitar, mando, tenor banjo)

Gretsch did their homework-- great mando for the $$

As this is an Asian-built mandolin, I was a bit skeptical before getting my hands on one. However, Gretsch really knocked it out of the park on this model. The workmanship is excellent, and this is one of the LOUDEST (acoustically) F4-bodystyle mandolins I have ever played. The tone is sweet and smooth all across the tonal spectrum-- nice surprising woofy low-end bark, and a mellow, clear high end using D'Addario J74 strings. The tuners are decent and stable for a mandolin in this price range, the cosmetic details (binding, trim, fit & finish) are top-notch for a sub-$1000 instrument, with smooth binding work at the scroll, which is usually a troublesome spot for mandolins in this price range. The stocky neck has a solid deep "v" shape, and the slightly narrow fretboard may take some getting used to, especially for those with large "meathook" fingers. Even so, the fretwork is remarkably good, no sprouting or rough ends hanging out anywhere, and no high spots either. The solid spruce top appears to be pressed, not carved, but this is typical for mandolins in this price range-- even so, the top is very lively and responsive to picking dynamics. Thanks to Sweetwater's 55-point inspection, action was great right out of the box. The Fishman M-300 pickup sounds very, very natural with no piezo "quack" at all, and surprisingly, requires very little EQ to get a good, natural tone when plugged in. Excellent solid output, even without a pre-amp, but I use a pre-amp anyway to get a bit more control. The mandolin will fit just about any standard F-body hard case, including rectangular hard cases with form-fit inserts (this is what I have). Minor cons: When a strap is mounted to the scroll, the mandolin becomes somewhat neck heavy and tends to dive a bit, but this is not unusual for most F-body mandolins. Balance is much better when the strap is affixed behind the nut. Also, as previously stated, the somewhat narrow fretboard may require you to be a bit more precise in your fingering-- not so much a design flaw, but rather an individual preference or hindrance, depending on your playing skill & style. Also, not necessarily a "con", but the output jack is located on the lower rear body edge, NOT through an endpin jack; I would recommend using a right-angle plug when playing amplified. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this mando-- and so are my audiences. I have gotten many comments on the great, natural sound, both plugged and unplugged. Fellow bandmates and musicians have also remarked at the quality and sound. Don't expect this to sound or play like a handbuilt Collings instrument, but for a mid-price mandolin, this one has plenty of professional feel, and puts many other comparable instruments (mid-high Asian-built mandolins) to shame. The Park Avenue does not feel like a toy. Thanks Gretsch, for getting this one 95% "right".
Music background: semi-pro musician-- 30 yrs.

nice mandolin, lousy pickup

The mandolin itself plays decent for the price, it stays in tune really well. The pickup however, is awful. It has a midrange, boxxy sound that is impossible to eq out. Using a Fishman Tondeq pre amp and a Fishman Performer amp. Im going to have to have a decent pickup installed, so if you are looking for a decent sound right out of the box, forget it. Also the Gretsch gig bag, is too tight to safely fit the instrument inside, you may want to look at another option
Music background: Pro
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