Gretsch G9460 Dixie 6 Guitar Banjo
- Colour / Finish: Antique Maple Stain
- Finish: High Gloss
- Fretboard: Maple
- Neck: Maple
- Mechanics: side stand
- Resonator: Maple
- Sound ring: Steel
Bluegrass Banjo · Gretsch G9460 Dixie 6 Guitar Banjo
Great Open-back* BanjoFrankenyank on 14.10.2016
Value for money:
While the Dixie 6 isn't marketed as an open-back banjo, that is essentially what it is -- instead of a normal resonator, Gretsch uses a simple round cover plate screwed to the rim, with felt spacers to provide a bit of air.
Take that off, and you get a fine-sounding open-back banjitar. There aren't many of these out there, and certainly not with this kind of quality -- and the Gretsch name on the headstock to boot.
Note: With the cover plate on, the sound is quite tinny, nothing at all like a proper banjo sound -- but then, I bought this specifically to convert it to an open-back banjo.
I'm very pleased with the quality of this "Handcrafted in China" (it's stamped on the headstock) instrument. But then I've become accustomed to great quality instruments coming from China in the last decade or more. I can't find any major flaws in the construction (a couple of the frets could have used better filing and who ever attached the coverplate missed and had to redrill the holes).
The Grover open tuners do their job - the black buttons are a nice touch and contribute to the overall beauty of the instrument. Gotta love that perloid headpiece! But then, Gretsch has always made beautiful, distinctive instruments.
Nice neck with a smooth, higher-end matte finish. The neck really looks and feels like a clone of a Telecaster neck (Gretsch is part of Fender now).
The banjo came with a decent setup - I can tweak it to where I really like it, but it's very playable out of the box. Setting the bridge was made easy by a pencil line drawn on the head.
I wish the banjo didn't use the no-knot tailpiece. Since it's essentially a guitar, why not use a tailpiece that takes normal ball-end strings? Sets of banjitar strings are difficult to find.
Another quibble, the banjo comes strung with bronze acoustic-style strings. They really should have put on stainless steel or nickel strings, like a normal banjo, which would give a more banjo-like tone.
Lastly, this is my first time buying from Musik Produktiv. They had the best price on this instrument, had it in stock, and shipped it immediately. A good experience all in all.
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