Price paid: $ 110
Purchased from: HSN
Sound — 2
The guitar's sound isn't very good either. The strings you get with it are absolutely terrible. I experimented with some Martin strings and they seemed to improve the sound of it a little. The guitar isn't at all very versatile, given you can't get a good sound of it anyway. I've played acoustic guitars for 50 bucks that have a better sound than this.
Overall Impression — 3
I bought this guitar out of curiosity after hearing all these great things about Esteban. I have to say, do not believe the lies. Esteban may be a talented musician but his guitars are cheaply made and have a terrible sound to them. I chose this guitar because it received great reviews on HSN and had a low price. The only reason you should buy this guitar is if you do not plan on playing it and would like to set it up in your room or something, as the finish looks very nice at first. All in all, this was not worth the buy. Terrible quality, terrible lessons, terrible everything. Please, do not buy this guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 2
I would never recommend using this guitar live. You'd be lucky if it didn't fall apart in your hands on stage. I'd only use this guitar as a last resort. If you plan on breaking a guitar on stage for part of your show, this guitar would be perfect for it. The finish, as said before, looks great, but doesn't last long. After playing it becomes uglier and uglier each time you pick it up.
Action, Fit & Finish — 3
I cannot stand the action on this guitar. It would help a beginner build callouses quicker, but you'll quickly begin to hate it. The overall finish of the guitar looked very nice before it was ever used. It's durability was very low though, so the look did not last long. The fretboard become uglier the more you play, and it isn't very slick at all. No real flaws to the guitar, just poor quality.
Features — 3
The features of this pack aren't exactly terrible. You get most of what you need to start at a low price. The only problem is, what you do get isn't all that good. You receive with the pack, the guitar, a gig bag, extra strings, some picks, a strap, and a VHS tape lesson. I also got a Esteban CD as a bonus. The guitar seems poorly made, with a weak body, terrible neck and high action. The strings that came stock with the guitar had a terrible sound, and the extra strings you receive with it were the same. It has a dreadnought body and altogether looks quite nice as long as your not using it. A few minor bumps here and there can make some very large gashes in the body. Can't really say much for the gig bag. Doesn't really protect the guitar at all. It's more for storage. The lesson tape is terrible. Although Esteban does a fairly decent job at teaching, it's not that long, and he is clearly using a different guitar, claiming it's the exact same one you are using. The rest of the VHS is a performance he did. The strap seems okay. It never broke or anything. Basically, you get what you'd need, but it isn't good at all.