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Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top

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Steel String Guitar

  • From the Roots Collection
  • Body shape: Flat Top Parlor
  • Body: Agathis
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Walnut
  • Body width: 330.2 mm
  • Body depth: 98.5 mm
  • 18 Frets
  • Scale: 610 mm
  • Nut width: 42.85 mm
  • Sound hole diameter: 87.3 mm
  • Bridge: Rosewood with compensated saddle
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Open back geared machine heads
  • 1-Ply white pickguard with "G" graphics
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst semi gloss
  • Dimensions: 93 x 33 x 9.5 cm
  • Compatible case: Article Nr 238870 (not included)
Model Parlor
Top Basswood
Back And Sides Basswood
Cutaway No
Fretboard Walnut
Nut width in mm 42,80 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Sunburst
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since January 2013
Item number 304146
$155
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For anyone considering the Jim Dandy - Please Read - Few Minor Issues... Overall good!
Lee Jim 23.04.2020
Well I opened the guitar and first impressions were, 'wow'!
As I tuned it up, it became clear to me that there would be some minor issues that needed addressing. (Which is pretty much standard for any new guitar, they all need adjusting to your style & liking at first)

- Firstly - The guitar (Body only) is very slightly warped, but that does not effect the tone or playablility. You can only tell when looking really close.

- Secondly - The bridge saddle was high so I had to sand it down a tad.

- Thirdly - The Bridge slightly bellies out under medium/heavy string tension. Not badly, but I was a bit worried at first. This made the action even higher than I would have liked. Bellying Significantly decreased after installing lighter gauge strings.

- Fourth - Two or three frets needed filing down. Easy job. 5 Minutes.

- Build quality? For a Gretsch within this price range, I'd have to say overall good. The neck is also very slighly warped. After adjusting the truss rod it was made better, again. Only visible when looking for it and doesn't affect the sound, tone or playability.

It must be said. That I am, at best, an intermediate when it comes to adjusting anything on a guitar.
So don't let any of this put you off the Jim Dandy!
A few small adjustments to personalise your guitar to your play style & liking is often needed when buying a new guitar.
The Jim Dandy is beautiful. It sings the blues better than anything I have heard or played.
The sustain is something I did not expect for a guitar of this price.

No guitar, whether you pay £100 or £1000 is going to be perfect, look close enough and you will find an imperfection.

Also, something worthy of noting, when I ordered this guitar, I did a lot of shopping around, not only did Thomann have the best price, but it arrived fast!
The guitar looks better when you see it with your own eyes. Miles better in person than it looks on any picture or video I have seen of it.

Overall - A beautiful guitar, with imperfections but the imperfections only make it more unique in my opinion.
Comfortable to play, plays and sounds beautiful. String bends sound almost too pleasing, adds a bit of class and a vintage look to any room you keep it in.

Buy one! You won't regret it.

P.S. Please don't use heavy strings on this guitar.
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Great, portable, easy player with a tone all its own!
MyLittleEye 01.10.2021
It's hard to pin down what makes this guitar so special.
I'd particularly recommend the Jim Dandy as a first guitar to any beginner since it's so compact and easy to handle and play. As a small scale parlour guitar it's relatively quiet compared to the bulky dreadnought but that's fine for a self conscious beginner who'd rather just play by themselves - on the other hand the guitar does open up when played assertively and has a strident 'boxy' tone that's (in a good way) reminiscent of vintage blues recordings; this Gretsch was modelled on the old Sears catalog mail order guitars commonly available in the early 20th century.
With this in mind the guitar lends itself well to finger style playing. The fact that the neck meets the body at the 12th fret gives the guitar its compact form and at the same time places the bridge in the optimal centre of the soundboard. This gives the guitar a fuller sound than one might expect from an instrument of this size.

This is the smallest, cheapest and most portable guitar I own. Because of that it is the one that gets left out around the house or thrown in the car and taken to friends houses, festivals, camping etc.

My Jim Dandy likes to get passed around and even players with 'nicer' guitars are reluctant to give it back. I do intend, one day to upgrade to a higher end 'premium' instrument. However, the unique vintage tone, playability and portability of the Jim Dandy ensures that it will always have a prominent place in my collection.
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Fabolous guitar
RayXD 25.05.2020
It values the money that you pay and even more. The material quality is excellent and sounds so nice, with a parlor pitch but warm, cozy but obviously you won't expect a massive bass output. The size is perfect like a traveler guitar, the string action is low and easy to play, every details has been carefully cared.

I'm so happy with the guitar, and no regrets. I bought it with a double Gigbag (for A&E) and the G9500 fits in the electric guitar side.

My only complain about the guitar is the strings gauge that comes from factory. They are 12-53 and honestly in my opinion are too hard to play. Even though these gauge sounds nice and string, I changed for a 11-52 set and now is much easy to play and without fret-buzzing. Even maybe a 10-50 could fit fine.

Thanks Gretsch for this J-D guitar.
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There is no reason to not play it all the time
julius__ 20.04.2020
I mostly play bass and was looking for a guitar to play on the couch, therefore it should be easy to play, smaller than jumbo and fun.

Pros:
+ The Jim & Dandy came well set up, I only adjusted the neck slightly to get a low action, still there is no buzzing.
+ Tuners work very well, I almost never have to touch them.
+ Finish is also nice, really nothing to complain on my guitar.
+ Since it's a small guitar, it never get's in the way and it is also never to loud so I often play while watching something. It's also very light.
+ Played in a finger picking style, the guitar has some kind of Delta Blues sound.

Cons:
- Depending on the plek the guitar can sound kinda cheap/plasticy. I think nylon pleks sound the best but even better is to play with your hands.
- In the first week I got black fingertips from the strings that came with the guitar.
- The 'G' on the pickguard looks a bit like the 'G' of a big search engine.
- I play a lot more guitar now and feel bad about my bass guitars.

Overall this is a fun little guitar, of course it lacks the big tone of guitars with bigger bodies but it plays nice, it's size is perfect to play it on the couch, you don't annoy neighbours, it looks cool, sounds bluesy and all of that in a budget.
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