Price paid: $ 80
Purchased from: Local Guitar Shop
Sound — 5
It's okay for any pop songs, country, etc. Sounds good on songs with capos, steel strings hold down well. Sometimes hard to fingerpicking, recommend replacing all strings. It can be noisy when playing songs that require you to strum both down and up quickly and the sound rings out, very often obnoxiously which can be annoying to more experienced players, as we enjoy a clean sound when strumming. The guitar is very clean on the downstrum when the chords are being played extremely clean, for example, when you hold your fingers down very hard.
Overall Impression — 8
I play rock/acoustic pop and country, it is fine to bring to places that I wouldn't bring my Dean to, nice backup. I wish it was a 41". I love the pick guard because it doesn't even have a scratch, and I've been playing on it for almost a year now. It is not anything close to the Gibson Hummingbird or any Dean. It is a phenomenal choice for anyone just looking to learn how to play the guitar, it comes with wonderful instructional DVDs, one of them containing a game that is basically real life guitar hero, and different lessons talking about things like tuning, and replacing your strings, and others about playing the guitar, like chords, barre chords, notes, etc.
Reliability & Durability — 6
It will not be good for playing live. It won't be a great long-term guitar. The strap sometimes is very loose. Would not use on gig without backup. Thin paint, but great pick guard. It may last a while if you aren't a person who plays at least a half hour a day, but for those who do, you are better off investing your money into something a bit nicer, not that this isn't a nice guitar, it's just that it's more of a beginner guitar, not something for the everyday, and/or more experienced players. The finish may wear off if you bump into a lot of walls and such because the paint is quite thin
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
It is decent make, some flaws in the paint/wood. The pickup was straight. There was a loose tuning peg that made it hard to originally tune the guitar. There is a white trim on both the too and bottom on the guitar, it runs all the way up the neck as well, there was some paint that was originally just meant for the face, that ran down onto the trim, which I didn't really like because how your guitar looks is all a person judges until they hear you play it, and if they have the idea that your guitar looks a little weird they may discourage your playing before they have even heard you.
Features — 7
21 Fret, Solid Oak - good beginner guitar at great price, not ideal for a primary guitar for intermediate-advanced players. 38" (41" is full-size). Came with some picks, beginner CD's, a pitch pipe, a gig bag, and a strap. STEEL-STRING. No controls since it is acoustic. The pegs holding down the strings are decent but sometimes move when guitar is set down or bumped. The steel strings are often hard to transition chords quickly on them. The tuners are non locking and sometimes do move, and it is a pain tuning a steel string guitar.