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.
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.
Manufacturer Gretsch Model Style 2 G9521 Triple-0 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar Model Number 2705701537 Body Shape Roots Guitar Top Material Solid Spruce Body Material Laminated Mahogany Top Bracing Quartersawn X-Bracing Body Binding Aged White Neck Material Mahogany Neck Profile Slim "C" Shape Fingerboard Material Rosewood Position Inlays Mother-of-Pearl Dots Tuners Vintage Style Open Back Bridge Rosewood Finish Appalachia Cloudburst
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.
FARIDA M-15 PARLOUR
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 G9521 (STYLE 2)
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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