Review of the Gretsch Honey Dipper G9201 Resonator Guitar
If you’re looking for that bluesy sound associated with the Mississippi Delta, country and ragtime blues, then the Honey Dipper is probably a good place to start your search. The body of the Honey Dipper is nickel-plated and brass with the classic F style holes, and is complimented by a neck made of mahogany that comes with a rosewood fingerboard.
The resonator sound found within the G9201 is produced by the Gretsch Ampli-Sonic resonator cone which is made almost entirely of pure aluminium as well as being hand spun, giving great volume as well as projection.
When you ask almost anyone who has picked up and played this Gretsch, you find overwhelmingly positive reviews about the blues sound that it produces straight out of the box with the factory set up. The overall quality of the hardware, body and neck is excellent and shows just how much time and effort the handy men at Gretsch have put into constructing this old-style resonator. Being a metal-bodied resonator almost instantly gives it an advantage over any of its wooden counterparts and so if you’re looking for that real resonator sound you should take the Honey Dipper well into your consideration.
For many, the comfort and ease of playing with the V-neck comes as a huge plus and has a wide string spacing making which only adds to the friendly feel of playing this guitar. Overall, it plays just as easily as your regular old acoustic guitar whilst sounding like that resonator that you want. If you want to really impress and show off the volume that the Honey Dipper can achieve then you will definitely want to get out those fingerpicks and really let it rip.
The weight of the guitar, depending on your personal preferences, is maybe a little on the heavy side, but for some that just reinforces the solid, sturdy feel and isn’t necessarily a draw back all things considered. Another aspect that owners have commented on is the lack of adjustable bridge and that the action was a little low and not easily adjustable making life a bit difficult if you were really looking for a good amount of customisation, but these kind of issues can be sniffed out if you get a chance to try out the Honey Dipper before you consider purchasing it.
At around the £500 mark, the Honey Dipper lies in that area where you are getting good value for a good resonator, where the make is no longer at the lower end of the quality spectrum but is also not going to burn a huge hole in your pocket when you hand that money over. For those of you who are considering a step up in the resonator market and don’t have enough to go after a National or Dobro then the Honey Dipper could be the perfect middle ground for you to take your bluesy guitar playing to the next level whilst you wait to win the lottery.
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