Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special" - Amber Maple Matte

5-string Open-back Banjo with Maple Rim, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Remo Renaissance Head - Amber Maple Matte
Gretsch G9455
Gretsch G9455
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Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special" - Amber Maple Matte
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Open-back Banjo Tone in a Beautiful Vintage-styled Instrument!

The middle child in the Gretsch "Dixie" family, the G9455 "Dixie Special" 5-string open-back banjo takes you back. Styled after the iconic 1950s "Dixie," this banjo gives you a mellow tone that's ideal for the clawhammer playing style. The G9455 doesn't have a resonator, giving it a surprisingly light weight. The solid maple rim and Remo Renaissance head give you a great woody tone. Geared tuners provide stable and accurate tuning, even with alternate tunings. When you want that open-back tone, the Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special" is the perfect banjo. Got questions? Sweetwater Sales Engineers receive ongoing product training on nearly everything we sell. Give us a call, we'll be glad to help you out!

Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special" 5-string Open-back Banjo at a Glance:
  • Traditional banjo styling and tone
  • Open-back banjo design for mellow tone
  • Gretsch instruments represent a legacy in American music
Traditional banjo styling and tone

Gretsch started building banjos over 120 years ago. Needless to say, they know a thing or two about making them. The Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special" open-back banjo combines that extensive knowledge with modern production techniques to build a great banjo. You'll love the open-back tones, vintage looks, and the great feel of a classic 5-string open-back banjo.

Open-back banjo design for mellow tone

Open-back banjos not only look different from their resonator-backed brothers, but they have a different sound and feel. The Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special" open-back banjo has a mellow tone, great for old-time and clawhammer music styles. Resonator banjos can be quite heavy and bulky. If you're looking for a lighter model, the G9455 "Dixie Special" is a perfect choice.

Gretsch instruments represent a legacy in American music

Part of their Roots collection, the Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special" open-back banjo gives you a chance to own one of Gretsch's earliest instruments. Everyone knows Gretsch electric guitars and drums, but did you know they started 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 G9455 "Dixie Special", you're holding more than a great banjo, you're holding a piece of American music history.

Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special" 5-string Open-back Banjo Features:
  • Open-back design provides a gorgeous, mellow banjo tone
  • "Whyte Laydie" tone ring delivers clarity and projection
  • Die-cast, geared Planetary tuning machines keep you in tune
Get mellow banjo tones in a classic package with the Gretsch G9455 "Dixie Special!"

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Tech Specs

Body Style Open Back
Number of Strings 5
Color Amber Maple
Finish Matte
Body Material Maple Plywood
Top Material Remo Renaissance Head
Neck Material Hard Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Vintage B and D
Nut Width 1.18"
Scale Length 26.4"
Hardware Nickel-Plated
Strings D'Addario J61, Nickel, (.010-.023)
Manufacturer Part Number 2720040521

Customer Reviews

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Gretchen banjo sweet

Right out of the box beautifull. Guitar player for 25 years banjo for 1 year. A real joy to play

It's A Keeper!

I have been playing entry-level instruments and was looking for an affordable upgrade. The features that attracted me to this banjo was the maple construction, the rolled brass tone ring, frailing scoop, attractive inlay and the price point. On arrival from Sweetwater the banjo had to be set up. The maple-ebony bridge was packaged separately to be installed on arrival. I have a bridge that I prefer, and so installed it rather than the one supplied. The instrument was pre-strung with light gauge strings and the head required considerable tightening. The wrenches were supplied -- nice ones at that. Before the purchase I could find no specification regarding the rim thickness, so I can tell you now that my banjo has a 1/2 inch maple rim with visible wood grain that I find pleasant to look at. The instrument is easy to play and the tuners turn smoothly and hold tuning well. I am proud to pull this one out of the case and am satisfied with the tone -- loud and clear with good sustain. For this price I don't think I could have done better.
Music background: Intermediate Student of Clawhammer Banjo and Bluegrass Mandolin
See also: Gretsch, Gretsch Banjos