Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top Parlor 6-String Acoustic Guitar

91 out of 100. Incorporating 1450+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank High Notes

In January 2022 we announced the results of our analysis of acoustic guitar brands – Gretsch ranked #7.

Gearank Recommended

The G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top appeared at the top of our recommended list for Parlor Guitars Under $200 from the very first edition we published in September 2021, and as of our second edition, published March 2022, it was still on top of the list.


The humble parlor guitar continues to be a popular portable instrument, even with so many modern alternatives.

The Gretsch G9500 is a great example of its staying power in the market, with its classic design that reproduces the vibe and feel of old Gretsch Rex guitars from the ’30s.

More importantly, it comes with a compact form factor that makes it an ideal portable instrument, or a grab-and-go couch guitar.

Some minor aesthetic flaws have been reported, but even those who rate the G9500 slightly lower have mostly good things to say about it.

The Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy is not only a good acoustic guitar to carry around, it is also a great way to check out what the parlor guitar is all about.


  • Body Profile: Parlor
  • Top: Agathis
  • Back & Sides: Agathis
  • Neck:Nato
  • Fretboard: 12″ Radius Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24″
  • Nut Width: 1.6875″
  • Electronics: None
  • Body Length: 18″
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs

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