Gretsch Style 2 G9521 Triple-0 Auditorium Guitar - Appalachia Burst

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  • Comfortable auditorium body provides a sparkling mid-range output
  • Laminated mahogany body is resilient in coping with humidity changes
  • Solid spruce top reinforced using quartersawn bracing
  • Mahogany neck with aged white binding with smooth satin finish
  • 19 fret rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays
  • Gorgeous Appalachian cloudburst finish sets the vintage tone
  • Gig-ready hardware meticulously upholds tension and tuning integrity
  • Ornate finishing touches adds to the elegant visual aesthetic
  • Outstanding quality model at a highly affordable price
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The Gretsch Style 2 G9521 Triple-0 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar in Appalachia Cloudburst is a superb addition to their Roots Collection of acoustic guitars. Modelled on designs that were popular in the early half of the 20th century, the G9521 offers outstanding build quality that is comprised of fine tonewoods, gig-ready hardware, and the highest quality appointments. Whether you're looking for a guitar to practise on, gig/record/travel with, this beauty is a bargain at such an affordable price.

Sleek auditorium body

The Style 2 G9521 triple-0 is shaped to the auditorium body shape, which offers a punchier mid-range emphasis than that of a dreadnought. This is due to the scaled-down dimensions of the guitar's waist, which in turn makes it a very comfortable model for resting on your knee during performances. Though it may be smaller than a dreadnought, it still boasts an impressive dynamic range, and can easily hold its own whether you're performing solo, or accompanying a vocalist/playing as part of an ensemble.

To ensure a confident mid-range warmth, the body back and sides have been built using laminated mahogany, which also holds up well in coping with changes in humidity and temperature (ideal attributes in a travel-friendly guitar). The top is built from solid spruce, which is a popular choice as a soundboard thanks to its impressive ability to project tones confidently. The top is reinforced using quartersawn X-bracing to prevent unwanted buckling or warping, whilst allowing it to resonate unimpeded.

Sturdy mahogany neck

Connected to the body is a full-length 24.875-inch mahogany neck, which guarantees a firm and unyielding playing support to perform on. To prevent unwanted stickiness or tackiness from holding you back, a subtle satin finish has been applied to the neck. Shaped to the slim "C" profile, the neck sits comfortably in the hand. Paired with the neck is a 19-fret rosewood fingerboard, which is adorned with mother-of-pearl dot inlays to guide you.

Gig-ready hardware

Starting at the headstock, you'll find vintage-style open-back tuning machines, which work dutifully alongside the bone nut to ensure uniform string tension and tuning integrity. The body is home to a rosewood bridge, which anchors each string securely to optimise intonation and sustain. Aged white neck binding traces from the headstock to the body, complementing the exquisite Appalachia Cloudburst finish perfectly.

The Gretsch Style 2 G9521 Triple-0 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar in Appalachia Cloudburst is great for taking to the stage with, chilling out or jamming with friends, and is ideal for those who want a model that travels well.

ModelStyle 2 G9521 Triple-0 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
Model Number2705701537
Body ShapeRoots Guitar
Top MaterialSolid Spruce
Body MaterialLaminated Mahogany
Top BracingQuartersawn X-Bracing
Body BindingAged White
Neck MaterialMahogany
Neck ProfileSlim "C" Shape
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Position InlaysMother-of-Pearl Dots
TunersVintage Style Open Back
FinishAppalachia Cloudburst
Posted on 26/03/2018 by Rogerabbit This review may be of interest to those who are in the market for a parlour guitar but are disappointed with the sound they make! I went shopping for one to plonk on the sofa - make me practice more. I bought a Gretsch Jim Dandy online which was not fine and dandy to my ears. Lesson learned - don't buy online without trying out for real - not even after researching the video reviews which somehow make all guitars sound amazing. The Jim Dandy aspires to recreate the rough hewn early blues sound which is in vogue at the moment - but to my mind it just sounds boxy and dull. I don't denegrate it because many may be after exactly that. It's not expensive and it's well made. So I returned it to Dawsons Reading where an excellent staff member named Pete filled their sound proof trial room with replacement guitars which I'd earmarked. These are my impressions of them - personal opinion of course - but hopefully helpful: -

Little Martin? Little miracle I reckon - extraordinarily full, rich sound from such an infant. But I felt like I had a uke on my lap - and a bit above my budget. I have a Martin GA at home - and other acoustics so money was an issue.

Available to order so I tried its big brother - the R-15E. Superb guitar - don't be put off by the little-known name. Electronics - all mahogony - beautiful balanced sound, sparkling top end. Loved it - too big for my purpose and I wouldn't go for the smaller parlour version without a play. But try one if you can - bound to be good and great value for money.

At virtually half price at the mo, with electonics, a quality case and a humidifier chucked in, this could be the best bargain in the shop. Stunning looking, beautifully made, great action out of the box. In size, a step up from the parlour but compact - a little heavy for the sofa! Something about the top end didn't appeal, little harsh and tinny - but that could be sorted with a string change, I guess. It's part of a range from Fender that reflects the Old Timey 30s era but didn't hear much of that.

Gretsch's old timey - in a range of three which also look back - and it does have a flavour of vintage sound without the boxiness. There is a parlour version but I had already decided to go a little larger seeking tone. This one is the middle man of the three. Loved the sound, really rings, plenty of projection for smallish guitar, obviously a little lacking bottom end but I think this suits finger style with a thumbpick - which compensates. Lovely action which would need very little set up. Considerably lighter than the Fender - but no electronics of course. I played around with it far longer than the others - which is a good marker for making a decision. The Appalachia Sunburst finish is stunning - as pretty as my girlfriend - who likes it too - which can be an issue. Like the Fender, at 38" in length with a compact body, it's small enough to serve as 'parlour-plus' and (in my opinion) sounds better than all but the best. It was available instore at a heavily reduced price. No brainer for a no brainer and I reckon I have a bargain.

ps WARNING - The first G9521 I took home had a serious issue - bridge lifting, lacquer around it too. This is a VERY rare occurance - particularly for a Gretsch which are well constructed - and it baffled everyone, including myself. Dawsons reacted immediately and arranged a replacement to be sent to me on the spot. Don't blame them for this. The fault was not noticeable in the shop - I only spotted it when I got home in daylight looking down the neck to see if the rod needed a tweak. But if you intend to buy check yours just in case.

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