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Gretsch G9221 Bobtail Chrome Resonator Guitar - Used  From Gretsch Drums

Gretsch's fantastic steel resonator at a pre-loved price!


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What We Think

I could play this thing all day!  Gretsch does a wonderful job with the resonator design.  It's so well composed!  The Pearloid on the headstock looks great with the Poinsettia design on the cover-plate.  Sonically, the 99% aluminum spider cone lends crisp definition to the "honk" you'd expect from a resonator.  I find that resonators are often capable of much more than open-tuning slidework--the level of articulation available to you with this instrument suggests intricacy and nuance found in jazz standards, Bach chorales, and beyond.  While it would certainly be an excellent companion for a lazy afternoon on the porch, the Fishman® Nashville pickup in there makes this Bobtail bandstand ready, too!  Whether you're just now making your way into Reso-world or have been a steel guitar player for a while, you'll have a hard time putting this thing down once you hear it glisten and growl!     

Condition: Used, Good

Manufacturer's Description from Gretsch Drums

With innovation at its core, the Gretsch® G9221 Bobtail Steel Round-Neck A.E. will impress your audience with its sweet quality of tone at cutting volumes. Incorporating a special combination of an all-steel body with our renowned Gretsch Ampli-Sonic™ “Spider” cone diaphragm spun from 99 percent pure aluminum, the Bobtail Steel offers a new tonal signature for your musical creations. Other features include a round mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, Grover® Sta-Tite™ machine heads and Fishman® Nashville pickup.

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About Manufacturer

For 135 years, the Gretsch Drum Company has produced classic American instruments that drummers the world over covet. The signature “great Gretsch sound” has been utilized by numerous classic and modern drummers alike; Max Roach, Tony Williams, Cindy Blackman, Taylor Hawkins, and Vinnie Colaiuta are just a few examples of master drummers that have sat behind Gretsch kits. Currently, Gretsch’s three lines of professional-grade drums (the Brooklyn, Broadkaster, and USA Custom) are built by a small team of dedicated craftsmen in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Gretsch also offers a number of affordable import lines that allow beginner and intermediate drummers to be a part of drum history and play behind a Gretsch set. 


Serial Number: CAXR153319


Body Shape: Resonator

Bracing: Neck Stick

Rosette: NA

Body Material: Steel

Body Finish: Weathered "Pump House Roof"

Body Back: Steel

Body Sides: Steel

Body Top: Steel


Neck Material: Mahogany

Neck Shape: Medium "V"

Scale Length: 25" (635 mm)

Fingerboard Radius: 15.75" (400 mm)

Number of Frets: 19 (12 to Body)

Fret Size: Medium Jumbo

String Nut: Bone

Nut Width:1.75" (44.5 mm)

Neck Finish: Open-Pore Semi-Gloss

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Position Inlays: Dot


Bridge: Spider - Fishman® Nashville

Tuning Machines: Grover® Sta-Tite™ Die-Cast

Orientation: Right-Hand

Pickguard: None


Strings: D'Addario® EJ16 Phosphor Bronze, Light (.012-.053 Gauges)

Unique Features: 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.