DM25 review by Ashton

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 2
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 4
  • Features: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 5 Decent
  • Users' score: 7.9 (13 votes)
Ashton: DM25

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.

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    just got this as a present from my really an electric guitar person (love les pauls!!) but when i go outside and the weather is nice (rare in ireland!!) i want to play!! the only two problems i had were ama lefty and playing electrics unplugged is shite! so i got this, its cool to muckaround with practising your fingerpicking, scales, finger str, etc... but if your serious about accoustic playing, nah DVD is crap unless your a total beginner like the guy said. still using the ashton strings, wont really change them unless they break or something...
    I travel all over the country and i used to take my electric and amp, but this got to much, so i decided to get an acoustic, the Ashton DM25. This was the only acoustic i have ever bought, and i was very impressed with it for the price! This was untill my neighbour in hote, heard me playing and brought his Ibanz round for a jamming session, So i had to have go on his, untill then i did not realize the difference! So like i say for the price u getting a very good guitar! Love the site!