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Reimagining the popular œRex parlor guitars of the ˜40s and ˜50s, the Jim Dandy Flat Top offers a restrained black finish, updating the look while r...Click To Read More About This Product

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Crackerjack quality at a dandy of a price!

Reimagining the popular œRex parlor guitars of the ˜40s and ˜50s, the Jim Dandy Flat Top offers a restrained black finish, updating the look while retaining the classic Gretsch acoustic sound. Small-bodied but full of tone and œcut, perfect for both picked and fingerstyle playing, the Jim Dandy Flat Top will be a welcome addition to your guitar collection.

The non-cutaway agathis body creates warm, round tone with a lively response due to the X-braced agathis top, while the topload rosewood bridge with compensated synthetic bone saddle ensures even intonation along the length of the neck. Joining the body at the 12th fret, the 24 scale "C"-shape nato neck bears a comfortable, smooth-playing rosewood fingerboard with vintage-style frets and pearloid dot inlays and contains a dual-action truss rod to compensate for temperature or humidity shifts. A 1950' style Gretsch 3x3 headstock holds vintage style open-gear die-cast tuning machines and proudly bears a vintage Gretsch "T"-roof logo.

Nickel-plated hardware along with screened white body binding and rosette completes the Jim Dandy Flat Top parlor guitar' visual package. Ideal for songwriting, practice or even as a travel guitar, this little wonder is great for beginners or seasoned pros alike. Comfortable to play, and full of woody vintage tone with full-sounding bass, the Jim Dandy will inspire hours of playing joy.

FEATURES
Body
Body type: Parlor
Cutaway: Non-cutaway
Top wood: Agathis
Back & sides: Agathis
Bracing pattern: X
Body finish: Semi-gloss black
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: C
Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Nato
Scale length: 24"
Number of frets: 18
Neck finish: Semi-gloss black
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Other
Headstock overlay: Ebony
Tuning machines: Open-Gear Die-Cast Tuning Machines
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle & nut: Compensated Synthetic Bone Saddle
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Tonewoods
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: 4 mm Truss-Rod Hex Wrench
Country of origin: Indonesia

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Gretsch GuitarsG9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (19)
  • Fun to play (18)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Consistent (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (13)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sound and feel!

I am very pleased with the look, feel and rich sound from this little guitar. I want to take it everywhere!

I am very pleased with the look, feel and rich sound from this little guitar. I want to take it everywhere!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor quality control..MF sent me a used one the first time

Purchased two of these from here and had to return both...They are great little playing and sounding acoustics but the first one Musicians Friend sent me was definitely used and was missing a...Read complete review

Purchased two of these from here and had to return both...They are great little playing and sounding acoustics but the first one Musicians Friend sent me was definitely used and was missing a string and had imperfections all around(dings/scratches)..So, I returned it and ordered another..Same deal..This one came with all the strings but the paint job was horrible.Blotches/scratches/imperfections all the way around..I understand its not a 1000 guitar but even the cheapest squiers/epiphones have some quality control on the paint..Come on Gretsch get it together

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound and feel!

By Evan

from Jersey City, NJ

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Great travel guitar!
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I am very pleased with the look, feel and rich sound from this little guitar. I want to take it everywhere!

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent little guitar

    By Jimsi777

    from Miami Florida

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Neck
    • Perfect setup
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

      I really was surprised when i opened the box and first held this guitar. It took a few hours to adjust to room temperature and hold a tunning, the next day was when i noticed how good this thing sounded and felt, after fully adjusting to room temperature....it feels better than my Martin (before lowering the strings on Martin) all solid wood guitar and sounds as good in its own little way.... The guitar was set up perfectly for me and is probably the best ever acoustic I owned in the way it was set up, feel and sound combined....I still use the Martin, but they are different sounding good in their own ways....

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice little guitar for the money

      By Bru

      from Denver CO

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

        Open box purchase but could have been new based on condition, packaging, etc.. Little trouble keeping in tune, but will let guitar acclimate and put on new strings - see what happens.

        Its a neat little guitar to keep in the corner making it easy to pick up and play.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I like it

        By Joe

        from Omaha, Nebraska

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

          Fun to play. I think the build quality is great for the price. Would buy again

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          best guitar for the price

          By Ben-jam-in

          from erie, pa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

            this is the best guitar you can buy for this price point. Solid. Holds tune. Resonate. Comfortable. Well built.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Perfect For Travel Guitar

            By hockeyboy

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

              The Jim Dandy will work great as my travel guitar. I usually travel 3 or 4 times a year. Taking a full sized guitar is not really doable. Besides my full size git is a Taylor and we know what airlines do to those (search youtube).

              Is this a great 5 star guitar? No. It sounds great for a small guitar. It's very playable, good action right out of the box. It does need to be tuned a bit each time you play.

              The JD is supposedly a copy of 1930 guitars. The construction pretty much reflects that. It looks like it was spray painted black. It's obvious the white stripes were hand painted. I bought a blem from MF and I can't find the blemish. I think the 'new' price is a bit high for this git. The blem price was good.
              Ratings:
              As a travel guitar *****
              Quality ****
              Sound ****
              Appearance ***
              Musician's Friend service *****

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Poor quality control..MF sent me a used one the first time

              By za

              from Alabama

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Not Consistent
              • Poor Construction

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                Purchased two of these from here and had to return both...They are great little playing and sounding acoustics but the first one Musicians Friend sent me was definitely used and was missing a string and had imperfections all around(dings/scratches)..So, I returned it and ordered another..Same deal..This one came with all the strings but the paint job was horrible.Blotches/scratches/imperfections all the way around..I understand its not a 1000 guitar but even the cheapest squiers/epiphones have some quality control on the paint..Come on Gretsch get it together

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pleasant surprise!

                By Jumping J Flash

                from New York

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                  I had some points and I saw an Open Box special and I took a shot! Just fun to play. It was all I wanted out of it. I leave it in Open G, it has stayed in tune consistently.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fun Little Guitar

                  By Lockwood Slim

                  from Southern California

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                    I returned to playing guitar about a year ago after a long hiatus. My previous guitar was a concert size and I had played ukulele in between, so my Seagull dreadnaught felt huge to me. I had been looking for something smaller and also inexpensive, since I planned to use it for travel and playing around the campfire. When I saw this Jim Dandy open box/blem for about a third off the regular price, I jumped on it. The blemish turns out to be a funky spot in the paint on the side of the neck, not at all noticeable and nothing that affects playing. Other that that, the build and finish a quite nice. It looks like what it is meant to look like: A slightly funky, old-time working-class guitar.

                    Setup was pretty good out of the box. The action could maybe be lowered a hair. So far I have not changed strings but I may experiment with some different kinds in the future.

                    It is one fun little guy to play! With the smaller size I can play it while lounging on the sofa, sitting on a log, or wherever. The sound is not as rich and warm as the cedar-top dreadnaught, but I didn't expect it to be. It's not unpleasant, though. Depending on how you play it, it has a nice, slightly jangly tone that lends itself well to blues (not that I am very good at playing blues) as well as roots/America music or old-school folk and country.

                    One small detail I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere: The strap peg is white plastic, not metal. The white color is good with the overall color scheme of the guitar, and it's probably durable enough, but I may swap it for a metal one at some point.

                    Overall, it more than met my expectations. I does exactly what I hoped it would do and I am very satisfied with it.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    great beater and travel instrument

                    By tkey

                    from Kansas

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                      I had this little gem for three weeks now, and it is still a joy to play. It's attractive, convenient and has a retro feel that reminds me of my brother's old Stella student guitar from years ago (without the excessive string to neck height). Was looking at Little Martins and Baby Taylor's for a long time; but this Jim Dandy G9520 fit my budget, and all of my expectations! Also, Musicians Friend hooked me up with a nice bag in which this guitar fits! I am very satisfied with this purchase.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I love my Jim Dandy!

                      By old hippie

                      from Pleasant Valley NY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Feel
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                        I tuned this right out of the box and began playing it. I love it. Stays in tune. Finger action good. Strings not too high above frets. Frets do need a little filing on the edges, but that's to be expected in this level of guitar.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome guitar! Neck feels great, has a great sound too!

                        By Stanford

                        from Denton, TX

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                          This is a great guitar. Sounds wonderful, plays really well, little bit of fret buzz out of the box but nothing too bad. I would recommend this to anyone. For the price and portability you can't go wrong with this one.

                           
                          5.0

                          Good Deal

                          By Horseshoe

                          from Indian Head, Md.

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Rich Sound
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                            A really good guitar to stimulate the imagination. Very light weight and convenient to transport. Always at my fingertips.

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent guitar at a fantastic price

                            By Jake

                            from Virginia Beach, VA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Stays In Tune

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                              My initial choice was to go with the Little Martin, but given it's price point, I decided to give this one a try. This is my first parlor guitar and I couldn't be happier about my purchase. It sounds fantastic for its size and I enjoy playing it even more than my Ovation.
                              In my opinion, the only thing it lacks is an additional guitar strap pin on the body, but it's nothing that can't be changed easily.

                               
                              5.0

                              I been waiting for a small guitar like this

                              By Wiz

                              from Forest Hills

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                              Pros

                              • Second one was beautiful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                                  This guitar channels the great small boxes from the 50's.It has the nice boxey tone and sound they had in spades.Very cool and well made although may have small blemishes.I like it a lot.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Nice little box!

                                  By Wiz

                                  from Forest Hills

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Fun To Play
                                  • Good Feel
                                  • Rich Sound
                                  • Stays In Tune

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Practicing
                                    • Small Venues

                                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                                    I had been looking at this little guy for some time now.The reviews were pretty good.The first one they sent was defective, the bridge was lifting off the top.Musicians friend quickly and in a friendly manner replaced the guitar.The second one was really nice.its easy to play and has that old time box sound you want from these.
                                    Be aware that if you get one with problems, Musician's friend will be there for you to replace it free of charge.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Amazing Sound in a small package.

                                    By _razorPi

                                    from Dallas, TX

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • easy to play
                                    • Fun To Play
                                    • Good Feel
                                    • great set up from factory
                                    • low action
                                    • pretty
                                    • Rich Sound
                                    • Stays In Tune

                                    Cons

                                    • Doesn't come with a gig-bag or a case

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Blues music
                                    • Jamming
                                    • Practicing
                                    • Small Venues

                                    Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                                    This little guitar s incredible. It sounds like the old blues guitars from the 40s. The action is very low, but it makes it extremely easy to play. It comes set up like that from factory.
                                    It is also a beautiful guitar. Everywhere I take it, people start asking questions and express how good does it look.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    A Steal For This Price

                                    By Pocket Tomboy

                                    from Orlando, FL

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Pros

                                    • Fun To Play
                                    • Good Feel
                                    • Rich Sound
                                    • Stays In Tune

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Jamming
                                      • Practicing
                                      • Small Venues

                                      Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                                      WOW, what an excellent little axe! I bought this as a "bang around" guitar that I can take to the beach, take camping, and just use so I don't have to bring my very expensive Martin around and it has blown me away. It was set up perfectly right from the box and it feels and sounds like a guitar worth much much more. I love the vintage vibe of it's so much fun to play that my usual guitars have been taking a backseat to the this frugal guitar.

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      solid value

                                      By barn

                                      from flyoverlandia

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                                      Pros

                                      • Fun To Play
                                      • Good Feel
                                      • Rich Sound

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Jamming
                                        • Practicing
                                        • School Bands

                                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                                        Normally I don't buy painted acoustic guitars, but this time I had saved up almost enough Back Stage Pass to buy this one outright. So, I did.
                                        It's an amazing little guitar. Arrived almost playable, needed only a little truss rod tweaking (wrench included). Action is acceptable, could use a tweak there, too, eventually. Only a couple of negatives, and really, at this price these shouldn't even be mentioned.... The tuning machines are junk (oh well), yet it is coming around and holding tune better. The bridge and the saddle are going to be the weak links on this guitar. The saddle lets the string spacing kind of wander a bit a cheap and easy Saturday project to upgrade and replace. The pass through for the strings is made of a softer wood, I think, than it's intended to look like, there's a little "saw through" where the strings are under tension. NOW, those little quibbles out of the way. THIS THING ROCKS! Sounds like a Grand Auditorium, resonates like crazy, Has amazing sustain, and has a great tonal balance (with the original strings!). I've got it tuned in Open D right now and it is an absolute dream to play. This one has a great fret board, flat and even, nice frets, and a playable neck. No buzz. The finish is kind of hokey, but that's OK, adds character, and this thing has tons of character. I'm going to find me a nice piece of hemp rope for a strap and hit the third box car, midnight train (the start of my world tour).

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Great first guitar

                                        By Josh

                                        from GA

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                                        Pros

                                        • Fun To Play
                                        • Good Feel
                                        • Stays In Tune

                                        Cons

                                        • Fret buzz

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Practicing

                                        Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9520 Jim Dandy Flat Top Acoustic Guitar:

                                        I bought this as a gift for my girlfriend that became a gift for myself. I learned my first chords and scales on this guy more than a year ago. I got addicted and bought 3 more guitars and a bass.

                                        After the strings streched for a week this guitar stayed in tune very very well. I barely ever tune it anymore, and still play it almost daily. Would be nice with a cutout but I love the compensated saddle. Action is a little bit high and I get a bit of buzz but overall really really good compared to other guitars at this price.

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