Gretsch Roots Collection G9500 Jim Dandy review

A good ol’ fashioned, rootsy strummer from the Gretsch stable with a small body and small price

Gretsch Roots Collection G9500 Jim Dandy
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

With stunning looks, a short scale length and modest price tag, this is an ideal guitar for younger players and adults alike.


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    Limited-edition Nocturne Blue finish is cool.

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    Excellent sound and projections.

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    It holds its tune.

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    Short 24" scale makes it a good option for kids and beginners.


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    Some might find the fretboard a little cramped.

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Think of an acoustic guitar, and you’ll probably be imagining a dreadnought with a spruce top, mahogany or rosewood back and sides – the quintessential all-round strummer. But the Jim Dandy from Gretsch flies in the face of this recipe, instead offering up a retro-inspired, small-bodied parlor guitar.

Thanks to this and the small-ish price tag, the Gretsch Jim Dandy has long been a favourite among those looking for an inexpensive acoustic guitar that still has some personality. But since Gretsch has issued it in the tasty-looking Nocturne Blue finish pictured (alongside a sapele-bodied Frontier Stain version), now is a good time to revisit it.

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.