Gretsch G9210 Review – Authentic Resonator

Although resonator guitars are not the easiest type to get started with, they are the ones that provide the whole spectre of fresh sounds. Let us take a look at Gretsch G9210 and find out what special features it has and how it differs from classical guitars.

#ModelRatingDimensionsNeck Material TypeOur topCheck
1Gretsch G9210 47 x 8.2 x 20.2 inchesMahogany1 Check
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2Gretsch G9200 43.1 x 20 x 7.2 inches
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3Gretsch G9230 Bobtail Squareneck 47 x 8.2 x 20.2 inches
Poplar4 Check
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4Gretsch G9231 Bobtail Squareneck – Steel 44 x 44 x 44 inches
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Gretsch G9210
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Dimensions47 x 8.2 x 20.2 inches
Neck Material TypeMahogany
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Gretsch G9200
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Dimensions43.1 x 20 x 7.2 inches
Neck Material TypeMahogany
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Gretsch G9230 Bobtail Squareneck
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Dimensions47 x 8.2 x 20.2 inches
Neck Material TypePoplar
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Gretsch G9231 Bobtail Squareneck – Steel
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Dimensions44 x 44 x 44 inches
Neck Material TypeMahogany
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Gretsch Company

Gretsch is an old American company, specializing on manufacturing electric guitars. It has been established in 1883 by German migrant Frederik Gretsch. The history of company consists of rises and falls. It`s been popular in the beginning of the 20th century (Eddy Cochran and Chet Atkins were using Gretsch guitars), than company had some bad times. The second wave of success started in the 90th when musicians like Bono from U2, Patrick Stamp from Fallout Boy and others started using Gretsch`s guitars. The success was so high, that Fender Corporation (a much larger brand) has purchased Gretsch.

Gretsch G9210 Characteristics

The first thing worth discussing while looking for differences is physical aspects like dimensions, material and strings. So, we`ll start exactly with this activity.

Material

The guitar has mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard and Spider bridge. The ampli-sonic resonator cone (which by the way is the main feature of resonator models) is hand-spun performed of pure aluminum. This makes the sound louder and deeper in comparison to regular acoustic guitars.

Gretsch G9210 has a nicely-designed construction, which makes playing convenient and handling comfortable.

DimensionsGretsch G9210 is 47 * 8,2 * 20.2 inches (which is 1193 * 208 * 513 in millimeters). This is a full-sized guitar, so it might be not the most comfortable choice for children and players with small hands. However, any player older than 16 years old should have no problems with this guitar.
StringsThis model has metal strings, which are pretty casual. They are a bit hard to get used to for the beginner, but once you tune them, they stay tuned for a long time. Strings cooperate with the resonator.

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Now that you have the basic understanding of what this guitar is built-of, let us talk about its` design and construction a little bit. As you could have already guessed, the huge metal thing in the middle is the ampli-sonic resonator cone. It is located there to contact strings and create more powerful vibration. This action results in making powerful and loud sound. Originally, the design was created to make guitars sound louder (because they were overwhelmed by other instruments). It worked well, but was later replaced by electric amplifiers. However, this design is still used in blues music. Here are some features of this model:

  • Square neck. This type of neck is suitable for bluegrass style. There is a guitar with different type of neck for blues music as well, but we`ll talk about it a bit later.
  • F-Holes on the body. Even though they are not that important in terms of playing and sounding, it is still an original design decision, which makes the guitar unique.
Now let us proceed to this guitar`s analogues and take a look at them.

Conclusion

Let us sum things up:

  • Resonator guitars have a built-in metal amplifier that is used for making sound deeper in comparison to regular acoustic guitars.
  • Gretsch manufactures resonator guitars of high quality up till this day, even that they are not popular anymore.
  • Resonator guitar could be nice for learning, but it is definitely not the guitar you should purchase as your first.
Now that you know more about resonator guitars, I wish you good luck in your music skills development.

Pros
It sounds like a $500 guitar
Quality sound
Tuned up fast
Cons
Maybe: hard to set up
Maybe: too expensive

Gretsch G9200

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Gretsch G9200 is almost the exact copy of G9210, except that it has a round neck, which makes it more suitable for blues. By the way, blues is one of the few styles that still uses resonator guitars instead of electric-amplified models.

  • Round neck
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • 25″ scale length
  • Rosewood fingerboard
Pros
Loud, woody, tone.
Small and easy to fix
Natural sounding
Cons
May be: the endpin fell out and wouldn’t fit back in.
High price

Gretsch G9230 Bobtail Squareneck

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Gretsch G9230 is an upgraded version of G9200 so to say. It has more durable an stylish laminated body and a Nashville Fishman Pickup. Adjustability and customization opportunities of this guitar are high. Although the basic strings are mediocre, they can be replaced easily. Tuning and playing process is comfortable.
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  • Body Back: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Shape: Resonator
  • Body Back & Sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • F Holes Sound Holes: ‘F’ Hole
  • Fishman Nashville pickup
Pros
Great tone.
Good for beginners
Good price.
Cons
Quality of materials
Maybe: fragile strings

Gretsch G9231 Bobtail Squareneck – Steel

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This guitar is similar to the previous one. It has the same great electronics and solid build. The main difference is a nickel cover plate, which makes the sound of this guitar unique and durability really high. Another advantage is a Gretsch headstock. An original model that has been created in 1930 and is still suitable and nicely functioning.
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  • Fishman Nashville Resophonic Pickup
  • Gretsch Ampli-Sonic Spider Resonator Cone and Bridge
  • Nickel-Plated Poinsettia Design Cover-Plate
  • 1930’s Gretsch Headstock with Aged Pearloid Face
  • Rosewood Fretboard
Pros
Quality of materia;s
Good volume and sustain.
Cons
High price
Maybe: the expectations regarding the sound did not come true.

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