Gretsch G9480 "Laydie Belle" Irish Tenor Banjo

4-string Short Scale Irish Tenor Banjo with Whyte-laydie Tone Ring, Maple Rim, 3-piece Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Remo High Crown Renaissance Head - Amber Maple
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Gretsch G9480
Gretsch G9480
$749.00
Sweetwater Savings: $500.00 MSRP: $1,249.00
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Gretsch G9480 "Laydie Belle" Irish Tenor Banjo
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The Sound of Tradition from Gretsch

The new G9480 Laydie Belle Irish tenor banjo, a part of the Gretsch Roots Collection, is designed to give you a traditional sound and playing experience. Whether you're a banjo player looking for another tonal flavor, or a mandolin or fiddle player needing to add to your repertoire, the G9480's short scale and GDAE tuning will have you playing in no time. If you prefer playing in standard tenor or Chicago tuning, simply change your string gauges - the G9480 Laydie Belle Irish tenor banjo gives you the versatility you need to keep up with your playing and musical styles.

Gretsch G9480 Laydie Belle Irish Tenor Banjo at a Glance:
  • Traditional materials and construction give you authentic tone and playability
  • Alternate tuning options lend versatility and appeal
  • This traditional acoustic instrument celebrates Gretsch's roots in American music
Traditional materials and construction give you authentic tone and playability

The G9480's Whyte-Laydie tone ring and three-ply solid maple rim are covered with an 11" Remo High Crown Renaissance head, surrounded by a 24-tension bracketed and notched hoop, giving your playing loud and proud, stand-out-from-the-crowd sound. The short-scale, three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck has a 17-fret rosewood fingerboard that is comfortable to play and fast for your quick solo runs. Your tuning and intonation have been carefully attended to with a convenient knotless-type tailpiece and geared die-cast machine heads to keep you playing longer between tunings. For looks to match the vintage tone, Gretsch gave the Laydie Belle iconic B&D inlays and a Vega-style armrest.

Alternate tuning options give you versatility and appeal

Talk about a Laydie with a lot of appeal! You'll be hard-pressed to find another instrument that can treat you as well as this gal does. While the G9480 comes strung to play in GDAE tuning like a mandolin or fiddle, by switching up the gauge of your strings you can easily change the tuning to CGDA for standard tenor, or DGBE, making it more accessible and playable if you're a guitar or ukulele player. No matter what you play, an Irish tenor banjo will easily and instantly double your repertoire!

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. Everyone knows Gretsch electric guitars and drums, but did you know that they got their start in 1883 as a banjo company? As a part of their Roots collection, the Laydie Belle gives you a chance to own one of Gretsch's earliest instruments. 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 G9480, you're holding more than a great banjo, you're holding a piece of American music history.

Gretsch G9480 Laydie Belle Irish Tenor Banjo Features:
  • Three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck for exceptional tone and playability
  • Vintage-style tailpiece and historic B&D inlays provide looks to match the traditional tone
  • 19" short-scale creates distinctive voice and is easy to play
  • 11" Remo High Crown Renaissance head is great for tone and response
  • 24 tension brackets with notched hoop for setting proper head tension
  • Vega-style armrest makes playing easy
  • Hardware finished in classic silver-toned, nickel-plate
Make musical history with Gretsch's Roots Collection and the G9480 Irish tenor banjo!

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Tech Specs

Number of Strings 4
Color Amber Maple
Finish Gloss
Body Material 3-Ply Solid Maple
Top Material 11" Remo High Crown Renaissance Head
Neck Material 3-Piece Maple/Walnut/Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Vintage B and D
Nut Width 1.1875"
Scale Length 19.75"
Hardware Nickel-Plated
Strings D'Addario, Loop-End, (.040, .030, .020, .016)
Manufacturer Part Number 2721010521

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