Price paid: £ 100
Purchased from: First guitar store of Denmark Street
Sound — 7
This guitar is definitely worth the price tag, then again that tag only says 100 but for that price you can't say it's good. As long as YOU make it sound good it's good. There are slight fret buzz problems. The other same exact model I tried at the store had fret buzz on the first fret so I got it changed then they gave me this one which had a slight buzz on the third fret but a little more tension on the neck sorted that out.
Overall Impression — 6
I play anything, mostly using this as a songwriting platform. Having those easy open chords to see what sounds good is a great tool to have. If it was stolen I would go and buy a guitar for around the same price. I wish it had 2 strap buttons instead of the single one and I compared it to a more expensive Vintage and a cheaper guitar, the Vintage had a little less vibration and less output as well, it just felt drier. Sadly I can never give this full marks because well it can't really compete with anything above 200.
Reliability & Durability — 7
An Acoustic guitar, what can you say? apart from it going bit by bit out of tune as you put it through a set it would, potentially, be able to gig. Why do they never put 2 strap buttons on acoustics? I mean really why? the one button is good though and the headstock shapes is excellent for accommodating a lace-on strap (it's the Stagg 3/3 shape).
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The intonation is not spot on... as most of reviewers say 'you get what you pay for'. In this respect, you truly do. The action is slightly adjustable with the truss rod and you could potentially get a new nut cut and a new saddle cut and fitted on if it really is too high. The high action makes for harder F barre chords for example but the moment you capo barre becomes piece of cake. This is good for starting as when you move on to a properly set-up guitar the chords up and down the neck will be a breeze.
Features — 6
The 20 fret cherry burst version of the Stagg SW201 western steel-string Acoustic (named SW201RDS) is a dreadnought style Acoustic guitar. The frets are from what I gather jumbos on a rosewood fingerboard. This is a really standard acoustic... no cutaway or pickup, just straight up Acoustic guitar.