MG104N review by Herald

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.1 (34 votes)
Herald: MG104N

Price paid: £ 50

Purchased from: Argos

Sound — 9
Works perfectly for Acoustic versions and classical songs. As it is a Spanish style Acoustic it doesn't do rock too well, but it sounds just fine if you are practicing to then move onto an electric for recording/playing live. Doesn't plug into an amp as it's not an electro-acoustic guitar but has an excellent sound nevertheless. Loud and clear. No buzz or rust on strings even after the 10+ years I've had it and I've never changed them. I've never tried to record from it so I can't comment on how it fares with that but I'd imagine with the right equipment it would be fine. Has a nice tone.

Overall Impression — 9
This is a great beginners guitar due to its cost and sound. It is very lightweight and can be played standing or sitting. I still go back to it to play despite having three other guitars which are all generally better. If it was stolen or lost I might look into getting a more professional Acoustic or even an electro-acoustic as I am no longer a beginner. However since it's pretty cheap it could be a decent backup to have around. The only thing that would have made it better was if there was strap buttons already on it but it was no problem financially or skills-wise to do this myself.

Reliability & Durability — 9
It probably would not be a good idea to play with this guitar live as there is obviously no way to plug it into an amp. However if you were playing for a small group then it would do the job. Doesn't come with any strap buttons but it was easy enough to add some on with general DIY tools and if I (with no knowledge of guitars at this point) can do it anyone can! The wood did not chip or crack when we added the strap button and has not shown any signs of damage since. It's a fairly sturdy guitar, having been dropped countless times and transported in the boot of our car with no case. The finish is chipped and worn in places but this is mainly due to the fact I was a careless child and dropped the thing all the time. It is still looking pretty great for it's age though.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The factory set-up was excellent. It's never had to be adjusted. The only flaw is an unfinished bit on one of the machine heads but that could easily be filed off if you wanted that perfect finish. Pretty standard looking Acoustic with a pattern around the sound hole.

Features — 8
This guitar has 18 frets and a glossy finish. Unsure of the wood it is made from but it looks good. Didn't come with accessories when I got it, but that may have changed now.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    this was my first guitar havnt changed the strings in 10 years and i still get that sound i love tis a pretty good guitar not the creme de la creme but certainly not the crap de la crap
    Hmmm both reviews are very wrong. obviously both people are first time players. Therefore i would like to note a few things which the "newbies" must consider. 1) The guitar you bought cost you only 50 DO NOT expect this to be anything you'd expect a proffesional to use. (although theres nothing wrong in a pro using one of course) 2) The strings first put on in this kinda situation are probley very bad strings. Strings shouldnt cost you anymore than 15 especialy if your a beginner. 3)your moaning about live playability? this is an acoustic guitar NOT an electro-acoustic guitar. It does not contain any kind of pickup to allow it to be played through an amp. HOWEVER, alot of acoustic players tend to just have a microphone positioned at the sound hole. 4) its a beginners guitar. No way is it gonna be anything truly remarkable. Its like a first car. you pay minimal amount for a chunk of metal that wont cost you alot if you either give up or damage it. start with your beginner guitar, then deviate onto what you wish. move to another acoustic or an electric thats more "amatuer" class (costing you no more than 350 i guess). then progress further Remember, guitars are like cars. the more money you put in, the better the car. However, an inexperianced driver might just wreck a powerful car on a racetrack? just as an inexperianced, beginner player will get nowhere no matter how great his guitar is.
    Just wondering how exactly a review can be wrong? It's an opinion. And none of your points even seem relevant to my review anyway..
    I enjoyed neeka's review, its pretty accurate and helpful for the target audience. I would like to add that they are useful for traveling with. However in my opinon the first review by crash is just bizzare eg. surely no one would keep factory strings on a guitar for that long, use a classical guitar for rock music or buy a 3/4 size Guitar for live performance and not know that you can get a piezoelectric pickup for a non electric guitar anyway.