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599 of 625 people found the following review helpful.
Good Starter Guitar
By Rebecca Thistle
Here is what you need to know about me before you read the rest of my review: I am a pretty musical person. I play keyboards and ukulele, and decided that I would like to venture into the challenge of learning guitar. Also, you should know that I am visually impaired. I can see, but not very well at all. Kind of like Mr. Magoo.
Here is everything that came in the box and what I think of it:
1. The Guitar: Beautiful color. I thought it was going to be a lighter blue color, but mine kind of looks purple, which is nice because that's my favorite color. I'm not sure if this was intentional or a mix-up at the factory, but I am content. There were a few dings in the finish, but that's OK with me. I'm not taking it out in public for performances any time soon.
2. The "gig bag:" I like the straps on the gig bag. You wear it like a backpack, which is handy, actually. Also, it has a pocket on the front where you can keep your extra strings, your tuner, and your picks, if you want. It's kinda cheaply made, but hey, I only paid $14.95 or something like that. I'm not complaining in the slightest.
3. Tuner: I was a little concerned when I saw that it would come with a tuner. I thought that it would be a visual display to help you tune the string. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tuner in question was actually a pitch pipe, with six different pitches to blow, one for each string. Love that part of the deal! Wish I had one of these for my ukulele, but I'm not complaining.
Strings: Ah, yes, well, here is the one flaw in this otherwise acceptable arrangement. I was tuning the G string when it snapped. The pitch was still too low, but the string just snapped. So I thought to myself, "OK, no big deal, I have a spare." Upone replacing that string and attempting to tune it, the replacement string snapped as well. I have since ordered a new set of strings, so that I'll just replace them all so I know what I'm dealing with. I only knew that the strings were steel and I didn't know the gage or anything else about them, so I'm just going to replace them all and then I'll know what I have next time one breaks.
My overall opinion of this product is that it is a good guitar to start with, to learn on. It doesn't have to be perfect if you are just learning in the comfort of your own home or in the company of an instructor who isnt' going to look down on you or anything like that. If you are going to buy this product, I do highly reccommend that you buy a new set of strings, since there is no way to be sure what strings are already on the guitar. Thankfully, strings, even steel ones, can be pretty cheap. I got mine for $3. I also bought some extra picks, but that's nothing to do with the one that came with the guitar. Oh yeah, did I mention the kit only comes with one pick? You might also want to buy some extra picks just in case. I got a 12 pack of blue ones for $5 or thereabouts. But this is a good product, and it shipped out really fast, even with only standard shipping. I was happy about that.
108 of 118 people found the following review helpful.
Looks like a guitar, doesn't sound like one, though.
This is by far the worst instrument I've ever tried to play, but for $30 it looks and smells like a guitar...sure doesn't sound like one, though. Poorly assembled, gaps at the top of the fretboard, paint streaks where they shouldn't be, and the fretboard wasn't completely glued to the soundboard. I'll attach pictures. I bought it for an art project (I'll attach those pictures too). As a musician, of course I tuned it up and tried to play it. It tuned easily and stayed in tune after I tuned it a few times, but it did not sound very good when I played it, and this was before I used it as a project. Would never buy this for a child or an adult because anyone who tried to learn on this instrument would easily become discouraged and think that they were the reason for the horrible sounding music - but really it is the guitar. Those are my thoughts. I've been playing guitar for 10 years.
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been playing for 13 years, here's my review on this
By PJ NY
Got this for $40 in Dec 2015. I've been playing guitar myself for about 13 years, so here's my review on it:
$40 for a beginner guitar? It is worth it! Bought this for a 5 year old niece for Christmas. She loves the color (pink) and having her own guitar! But a month later, the most she's done with it is strum all the strings and sing Jingle Bells. But I'm sure she'll soon get around to wanting to actually play.
As for the guitar itself, I absolutely love the sound it produces! Such a full-bodied sound! I actually like to play it more than my own acoustic (still have my original Squier beginner acoustic guitar, it is alright.). The strings are really light/thin and I actually broke the G string on the first day while trying to tune it. Luckily, it comes with an extra set of strings (though they're unmarked, so you have to figure out which string is which)
Cheap price for a beginner (won't break the bank) and if it breaks, not a big loss
Guitar is scaled down a little bit so it should be easier for younger people to fully grasp it
Kids should love the awesome color choices -- my 5 year old niece loves the pink one!
The tuners (the knobs at the head of the guitar for tuning the strings) are not very accurate and perhaps the string slips, so expect to have to tune it every time you play
The strings are very light/thin and may break easily (I broke a string when I first tuned it)
The extra strings do not have any labels at all so you'll have to figure out which is which
The fret dividers (the thin metal strips on the neck of the guitar) are rough and slightly affect the sound
The neck of the guitar does NOT have the standard dot inlays to easily figure out which fret you're on -- I used Pearl White nail polish and made a dot(s) where they should be. It worked pretty well