Gretsch Guitars G9420 Broadkaster Supreme Banjo  

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This product has been discontinued but may be available as a Open Box item.

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A beautiful modern banjo inspired by a classic from Gretsch's early years.

Styled after the innovative Broadkaster Banjo of the early 20th century, the new G9420 Broadkaster "Supreme" exudes pure Gretsch vibe and attitude through and through. Features include a three-ply solid maple rim, flame maple resonator back, three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with vintage B&D inlays, 26-3/8" scale, 1-3/16" nut, 24 brackets, one-piece flange, brass tone ring, Remo Renaissance head, die-cast geared machine heads, vintage-style clamshell tailpiece, engraved armrest, nickel-plated hardware, and luxurious shaded maple gloss finish.

Features Body
  • Body material: 3-Ply Solid Maple
  • Body shape: Banjo
  • Body back: Flame Maple Resonator
  • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Purfling: Black
  • Body binding: Ivory White with Black Purfling
Neck
  • Neck shape: Vintage Soft "U"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Position inlays: Vintage B&D
  • Headstock binding: Ivory
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck material: 3-Piece Maple/Walnut/Maple
  • Neck finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Nut width: 1.1875" (30.1 mm)
  • Scale length: 26.4" (671 mm)
  • Headstock: 1930s Gretsch 2x2
  • Neck binding: Ivory
  • Truss rods: Dual-Action Head Adjust
  • Trussrod nut: Hex
Hardware
  • Hardware finish: Nickel-Plated
  • Tuning machines: Geared Planetary
Miscellaneous
  • Strings: D'Addario J61, Nickel, (.010-.023 Gauges)

Pull out this stylish banjo and you'll lift heads and perk up ears at the same time. Order today.

 
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4.0

My first resonator style banjo

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from Beaverton, OR

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Solid
  • Strong

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Gretsch Guitars G9420 Broadkaster Supreme Banjo:

I have played clawhammer banjo for many years, always on open back banjos. This was an experiment. I sought a good sounding resonator banjo that was not expensive. Sort of contradictory, but I found this model at Music123 as an openbox item and suddenly found what I was looking for.

If you have any qualms about buying an 'open box' item, call Music123 and talk to a real human. I did. He was very open about describing the nature of any and all defects noted on the instrument. As a result I placed my order.

As for the Gretsch G9420, I have little bad to say and a lot of good. It is a solid instrument, with good tone and punch - I would say on the borderline between 'beginner banjo' and 'professional banjo'. It could pass muster in either classification.

It is said that you buy banjos by the pound. This one is certainly not a lightweight. But the price per pound is relatively low for a new, mint, 9420 and VERY low for the 'open box' instrument I bought. By the way, that heftiness comes with the tone ring and flange -- both are substantial and both contribute greatly to its tone and volume. So this heftiness, the only 'con' noted, is really a result of superior design and construction.

Am I happy? YES. Very happy. I really love this instrument.

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