Price paid: $ 152
Purchased from: Arties Music
Sound — 8
As far as sound goes I played many "cheaper" acoustics before buying this, including corts and a Tanglewood. And compared to this they were really dull sounding. This was by far the best sounding sub $200 acoustic. However the standard Ashton strings should be thrown away immediately, I added a set of d'addario strings which gave a much nicer, brighter sound. However it does suffer from a bit of a buzz in the neck when played vigourously, but this could just be the truss rod not set up correctly.
Overall Impression — 6
Basically it makes a nice sounding beginner/muckaround guitar. And for the price what do you really expect? It does the job and sounds much better than any of the other low end acoustics out there. But its potential is quickly reached and you will find yourself looking for something much better. But as I said before for a beginner or just a muckaround guitar it does the job quite well.
Reliability & Durability — 2
Durable - no, won't withstand any kind of rough treatment at all, mine already has chips in 3 places and I try to take good care of it!
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
Comes with dodgy wood stain on the body, so easy to scratch and get dints in! also stain was a little bit patchy on the headstock.
Features — 5
It has laminated top as expected for a guitar in this price range. Comes in a beginners kit with CD, strap, gig bag, picks, the basic stuff. Although the strap is just plain crap and the cd is useless unless you are an absolute and I mean absolute beginner, does have a cool chord dictionary though.