Purchased from: Dave Phillips Music & Sound
Sound — 8
Good for Folk type playing and good enough to start open-position chords on. Fairly good tone for price. Stock strings tend to lack mids, but can sound good with my preferred D'addario EXPs.
Overall Impression — 8
I give this a 4 out of 5 overall. The guitar is good to start on and has everything you need to learn acoustic style playing for about 8 months, the guitar won't be in good shape by then. I would move up to an Ibanez from there to get to an intermediate level. Summary: recommended for starters and any electric players that wan't to step into the acoustic world.
Reliability & Durability — 6
The guitar does'nt take damage too well, and doesn't hold well with the provided strap. Not a gigging guitar at all, better players might like this as a travel guitar if you can get a case for it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Everything physically on the guitar is good, but there were two hard to fix flaws right out of the box. I think the bridge might be some sort of plastic or nylon or something. It looks and feels like it. After about 5 months of tension with the stock strings, my bridge started to lift up. I think it will last about another 7 before the thing is unplayable. My other complaint is that the nut is very poorly cut, and if you're not playing carefully, the strings can easily cut into the nut and end up buzzing on the neck. Reasonable action for the beginning player.
Features — 10
This guitar is either Japanese or Mexican made. It has 20 frets, 14 of them accessible for comfortable playing. I belive it has a 25.5" scale. The frets are fairly thin and seem to be a bit flat. Laminated spruce top, mahogany ply back and sides with a transparent gloss finish. Dreadnought style body with a standard pin style acoustic bridge (plastic?) No electronics. Chrome tuners (Fender/Squier stock). I give this a 5 in features because it comes with a strap, book, pitch pipe, picks, and leather bag.