Gretsch G9350 Park Avenue F-Mandolin A/E - Vintage Sunburst
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- Body Material: Solid Spruce Top with Solid Maple Back and Sides
- Body Shape: Mandolin
- Body Back: Solid Maple
- Body Sides: Solid Maple
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If you're looking to add that certain something special to your musical repertoire, stop! You've found it - Gretsch's G9350 Park Avenue acoustic-electric F-mandolin! It's got looks that stop (model T) traffic and a sound that takes you back to the days before rock rolled over the world's consciousness. Historical appointments and traditional construction meet in the present, where Fishman's M300 mandolin pickup gives the voice of the G9350 the boost it needs for onstage playing. Gretsch's G9350 Park Avenue acoustic-electric F-mandolin gives you the sound of history, the playability of today, and the hope for great music tomorrow.
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Minor cons: When a strap is mounted to the scroll, the mandolin becomes somewhat neck heavy and tends to dive a bit, but this is not unusual for most F-body mandolins. Balance is much better when the strap is affixed behind the nut. Also, as previously stated, the somewhat narrow fretboard may require you to be a bit more precise in your fingering-- not so much a design flaw, but rather an individual preference or hindrance, depending on your playing skill & style. Neck width at the nut is 1.125" (28.5 mm). Also, not necessarily a "con", but the output jack is located on the lower rear body edge, NOT through an endpin jack; I would recommend using a right-angle plug when playing amplified.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with this mando-- and so are my audiences. I have gotten many comments on the great, natural sound, both plugged and unplugged. Fellow bandmates and musicians have also remarked at the quality and sound. Don't expect this to sound or play like a handbuilt Collings instrument, but for a mid-price mandolin, this one has plenty of professional feel, and puts many other comparable instruments (mid-high Asian-built mandolins) to shame. The Park Avenue does not feel like a toy-- it is a solid, well-built sub-$1000 mandolin.