Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top - Vintage Sunburst

Acoustic Guitar with Agathis Top, Agathis Back and Sides, Nato Neck, and Rosewood Fingerboard - 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
  • Agathis provides the traditional soft warmth of vintage pinewood acoustic guitars
  • This traditional acoustic instrument celebrates Gretsch's roots in American music
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:
  • An old-fashioned 12-fret guitar that conjures up the sound and spirit of the '30s and '40s
  • Comfortable parlor-sized body makes this an excellent guitar for casual strumming on the couch
  • Elongated bouts and 12-fret design provide incredible projection and volume
  • Agathis back, sides, and top provide clear resonance, rich warmth, and a mellow, lyrical sound
  • Part of Gretsch's esteemed Roots Collection, reviving the classic Rex acoustic guitar
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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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Parlor
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Vintage Sunburst
Finish Semi-gloss polyurethane
Top Wood Agathis
Back & Sides Wood Agathis
Body Bracing X
Binding White
Neck Wood Nato
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay White dots
Number of Frets 18 (12 past body)
Scale Length 24"
Tuning Machines Open gear
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material PPS
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 18"
Body Width 13"
Body Depth 3.875"
Manufacturer Part Number 2704000503

Customer Reviews

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5/5 the Rescue!

Like a lot of reviewers here, I got the Gretsch Jim Dandy as a "beater" guitar that I didn't have to baby or leave in a case. It's always out and ready to play when the inspiration comes. Sounds great with a slide in open D or Jagger/Richards open G stuff especially after the strings lose some of their brightness--that's when it sounds best with slide. I love this guitar! The only con for me is that G on the pickguard. Makes it look like a Google guitar. Otherwise, great vintage look!
Music background: 40 years of stringed instrument geekdom

Suprisingly Good

I am truly blown away by the quailty and sound of this guitar for the price. I wanted a small guitar that I could leave in my office without breaking the bank. It is a great little guitar that fits the bill. Thanks


Just bought this guitar and due to its popularity I had difficulty obtaining one. Not really had a chance to play it yet(wife ill in bed) but going by all reviews I know I will not be disappointed. I have looked at it, caressed it, even sniffed at it. Joy! It's small and very light, very ,very, light but that can only be good as you can hold it for longer without getting tired. Fit and finish is quite acceptable for the price. And this is a 'Roots' instrument, meant to be played not polished and put in a display case. I reckon in a few months with a little wear and tear this will be a true classic. Buy one and enjoy it, it just feels 'right'
Music background: Tone deaf amateur

Amazing Sound

My husband got me this guitar for my birthday last week and I absolutely love it! It sounds amazing, handles really well and is just comfortable in your hands. I loved it so much, I just ordered the exact same one for my dad. Great price and an amazing instrument. Awesome deal!

huge value - great little guitar

I gave my son my acoustic guitar and needed a replacement. Read reviews and watched you tubes on this little guy and ordered it up. It arrived in perfect condition; there was enough bubble wrap to drop it from 30 feet without damage. The guitar, to me, looks incredibly cool, and when I tuned it up, it was exactly what I wanted. It is not loud and boomy, but the sound is rich and intimate, dare I say. It is the perfect guitar for sitting on the couch at the end of the day. It feels great and there is no struggle to play the thing. I am working on some delta stuff and it has that sound. I would be very happy with this purchase at twice the price. Don't think anymore, just buy it.
Music background: semi-pro drummer, noob guitarist

Sweetwater Advice

Kris Eckman

The Gretsch Jim Dandy Flat Top is far from the most expensive guitar in my collection, but it may very well be the most versatile. My family and I camp a lot, so its compact size make it a perfect campfire guitar, and in the winter, my Jim Dandy is my go-to couch guitar. In addition to its small stature, the agathis top and sides deliver the kind of sound I expect from a classic parlor guitar.
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Gretsch, Gretsch 6-string Acoustic Guitars