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.