9. VTG NEWLY ARRIVED & SOLD QUICKLY! - BLUES RESONATOR ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC GUITAR - GRETSCH G9220 "BOBTAIL" SPIDER-CONE FISHMAN NASHVILLE RESONATOR PICKUP - VTG1568.
Gretsch Roots Collection, "Roundneck"/"Medium V" profile, Mahogany Body, 2-Colour Sunburst, Grover Sta-Tite Tuners, Martin Retro strings, Gretsch Resonator Gig Bag.
SOLD
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Newly Available - 01/01/2019 - Minor Overhaul Completed.

Sold quickly - 06/01/2019!
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Gretsch USA Website Price $839 - UK RRP quoted @ £599 + Resonator Gig Bag G2180 usually £42 = £641!

Extract from Gretsch® website.........

Roots Collection - Folk & Bluegrass - Timeless Sounds -
Folk and bluegrass are at the very heart of our most celebrated musical styles and those rhythms and voices are very much alive today.
From banjos and mandolins to ukuleles and resonator guitars, we offer a full line of folk and bluegrass instruments that are true in sound, authentic in heritage and fit for exploring the music of yesterday and today.

Tone amplified!

With its deluxe appointments and Fishman® Nashville pickup, the Bobtail Round-Neck stands out in the mix in more ways than one. The vital feature of all Gretsch resonator guitars is the Gretsch Ampli-Sonic™ diaphragm (resonator cone), which is hand-spun in Eastern Europe from nearly 99 percent pure aluminium, yielding an impressive quality and volume of tone.

Gretsch® G2180 - Resonator Gig Bag - offered as optional accessory on new purchase is included in this sale!
Description
Stock Number: VTG1568.

Maker's website extracts............

The Gretsch G9220 Bobtail Round-Neck Electro-Acoustic Resonator Guitar with Fishman Nashville pickup and other premium appointments, including Ampli-Sonic Diaphragm, beautiful two-tone sunburst finish and aged pearl headstock face, it looks as good as it sounds.

What is more being an electro-acoustic guitar, you can plug it in and get that great Gretsch sound live and loud on stage.

Mahogany Body with Ampli-Sonic Resonator
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Gretsch’s G9220 Bobtail has a Mahogany body that houses an Ampli-Sonic cone resonator.

While normally a solid top is preferred for traditional acoustic guitars, when it comes to making a great resonator guitar, all the iconic makers have used laminate tops, providing a sturdy base to hold the resonator and allows it to work its magic.

The Ampli-Sonic cone resonator is hand spun in Eastern Europe from 99% pure aluminium.....the resulting sound is that classic, sharp tone of a single-cone resonator.

Vintage Style Neck
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The Bobtail’s Mahogany neck with its medium V-shape profile, so reminiscent of the 1930s guitars I specialise in, along with its period-style 1930s headstock, old style Gretsch logo & aged pearloid face is nicely playable, giving it a soft and comfortable playing grip....and looks great!

Padauk fretboard which is very similar to traditional Rosewood in looks and playing feel, but more sustainably sourced.

19 frets in all......traditional/period 12 to the body, while simple dot inlays & comfortable 25" scale length.

Quality Hardware and Electronics
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Ornately cut out cover plate with a beautiful nickel poinsettia design, Fishman Nashville spider bridge, the Ampli-Sonic resonator & twin f-holes have classic looks, while aiding in sound projection.

The 1930s inspired headstock has Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines, providing precise secure tuning, plus bone nut for natural sound and sustain.

Plugged in the Fishman Nashville resonator pickup captures the distinct tone characteristics of a resonator guitar.

Authentically Vintage
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With authentic vintage features, the Bobtail is the perfect instrument for any fan of vintage character guitars.
Condition
Newly arrived and immediately available, following minor overhaul, set-up & re-stringing. Excellent condition.....very little sign of any noticeable marking on body finish. New strings fitted, after minor overhaul & set-up, including light stoning, re-profiling & polishing previously slightly uneven frets, so no sign of fret wear, fret ends dressed....previously a little rough/sharp in places, fingerboard cleaned....no visible play wear, trussrod checked & slightly adjusted.
Action, strings & cases
Set-up completed to give good action, approx. 2.5mm/3mm. at the 12th. fret, correct required slight fingerboard relief, and strings very slightly higher than essential at the nut to aid Bottleneck play.

Martin MM12 Retro® Monel Acoustic strings 12-54 fitted.

"Retro® - Retros are the original Nickel acoustic string all the way from the 1930s. Retro strings offer a uniquely mellow, yet crisp sound that allows your guitar’s natural tonewoods to be heard. They are crafted with Monel, a solid nickel/copper wrap wire - not nickel-plated - meaning there is no chance for defects in the plating to allow for corrosion. Martin’s proprietary wrap wire is naturally corrosion resistant and it is incredibly strong. We also employ a sophisticated winding process that controls the coupling between the core and wrap wire to maximize intonation."

Gretsch® G2180 Resonator Gig Bag is included.
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Delivery details
PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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*** MAKER'S SPECIFICATION LIST ***
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Series Gretsch® Roots Collection
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Build Folk & Bluegrass
Body Finish Vintage Semi-Gloss
Body Shape Resonator
Body Material Laminated Mahogany
Bracing Internal Sound-Well
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Finish Vintage Semi-Gloss
Neck Shape Medium "V"
Scale Length 25" (635 mm)
Fingerboard Radius 15.75" (400 mm)
Fingerboard Material Padauk
Number of Frets 19 (12 to Body)
Fret Size Medium Jumbo
Nut Width 1.75" (44.45 mm)
Position Inlays White Dots
Truss Rod Nut Hex
Headstock 1930's Gretsch® 3x3
Bridge Spider - Fishman® Nashville
Hardware Finish Chrome
Tailpiece Weathered Trapeze Tailpiece
Tuning Machines Grover® Sta-Tite™ Die-Cast
Gretsch® G2180 - Resonator Gig Bag included

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I have embedded a YouTube clip of "Gretsch G9220 bobtail round neck - demo in G by Ben Church"....on a quick run though this one seemed to capture the essence of the guitar for me....many other clips of the G9220....of varying quality....need to go through them again to see if any of them appeal on second, more concentrated listening.
Video
Useful links
musicradar.com - Gretsch Roots Collection G9220 Bobtail Round-Neck AE review
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