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Where Purchased: West Music
Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 229 ($US)
I bought this as my first mandolin. The store didn't have many to choose from, but I tried them all and decided this was the one I wanted. I liked that it is an acoustic and electric combo. The sound was pretty good for entry level mandolin.
Sound Rating: 9
I did considerable work to it myself. I lowered the action, sanded the bottom of the bridge, filed the nut and replaced with new strings. It wasn't bad set-up when I got it, but felt it could have been a little better.
Setup Rating: 8
Quality of the finish and the overall construction was very well done. No blemishes noted except where the pick guard from folks trying it out in the store. I removed the pick guard as I didn't like it and think it sounds better without it anyway.
Appearance Rating: 9
Seems to be very well made for an instrument in the entry-level catagory. I am more than pleased with what I got and how it sounds.
Reliability Rating: 9
I haven't needed to contact Gretsch for any reason, so I can't comment on their customer service. However, West Music treated me right. However, I'll give a 10 for customer service at the store I bought it.
Customer Service: 10
The tuners are anything fancy, but they do work well. See above for the construction which I think was done pretty well. It has a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. It is not carved, but pressed and for less than $230 dollars a good instrument.
Components Rating: 8
Overall, the Gretsch G9320 New Yorker is a good, solid, well put together mandolin for someone starting out or who doesn't have, nor want to spend a ton of money on a mandolin. It did need some set-up, as the bridge didn't fit as well as it could. Once the action was lowered, it played and sounded pretty good. You can get better instruments for sure, but for less than $250 I feel it's a good solid buy.
Overall Rating: 9