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Yamaha FG JR1 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag
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- Spruce top
- Meranti back and sides
- Rosewood fretboard
- Rosewood bridge
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a fully functioning guitar with a solid spruce top, decent craftsmanship, and an adjustable truss rod. The action is acceptable (although it needs setup at the nut) and the tone is, well, there. You are never going to confuse the Yamaha FG JR1 for a $3000 Taylor. It is a $120 guitar. The main virtues are its size, playability, and price. For that $120 you get a well made, well designed small guitar suitable for all ages with enough tone and volume to hold its own in a small group. You can take it aboard any plane and place it in the overhead rack. If you are sitting around the campfire and have to fight off a bear with it, you are only out $120 and it is sturdy enough to tolerate at least one swing.
The adjustable truss rod lets you change the relief of the neck in all sorts of conditions (assuming you are brave enough to do so) and a little filing on the nut by your luthier (don't try this at home unless you have some experience) will make it very playable for both finger style and pick.
So it is not the top of the line, it works well for what it was intended to be. It sure beats the heck out of the so-called travel guitars which all sound like they are made from cardboard and look like the set designer of Avatar or LOTR produced them for orcs. If you are looking for a quality small guitar but are too cheap to pay for one, give the Yamaha FG JR1 a look.
- Unreasonable expectations or non-guitarists (e.g., "shouldn't have steel strings for a kid," which opinion you may or may not share, but you can just restring)
- Individual instrument may have been defective (one observation of finish issues) or required some adjustment (buzzing in one review).
My STRONG recommendation for anyone is to go to a large guitar store and play everything they've got in the size range. Then you'll know what's available in the category and, critically (since there is probably a LOT more quality variation in a $100 guitar than a $3,000 guitar) be able to play the exact instrument you're actually going to purchase.
I couldn't believe that the guitar I bought could be produced and sold at this price.
Let's start with the fact that this is intended as a starter guitar for children. Given that, I can attest to the fact that it meets its purpose fabulously. For a little more than $100 you get an easy to play, real guitar, with a quite decent action, fret work, etc. and it sounds terrific considering the size and price point.
Yamaha did not build this guitar to compete with full sized, adult guitars, if you are look for a loud, full bodied sound by a full sized dreadnaught, LOL. this plays at reasonable volume and sounds really musical considering its price. I can also confirm for you that I have heard no full sized guitar at this price point that sounds as good.
My daughter can easily form chords and practice without tiring or damage to her fingers, she cannot do this with any of my full size guitars. As she ages I am sure I will give her one of my full size guitars and she will leave this behind but it is fulfilling its purpose by letting her learn to play without pain or any of the other difficulties ecountered when a child plays a full sized acoustic guitar.
If you go into the purchase with the right expectations I am sure you will not be disappointed in this well built, 3/4 scale guitar from Yamaha. Let's get our kids into playing music! Death to "Rock Star" and the other fake-playing music games!!!
As to the sound, it's great! A 3/4 scale guitar is not going to project loud, but it's tone is very pleasing. I would recommend getting light strings (11-47 or thinner) for a beginner. The guitar stays in tune well, I have not had a problem with the tuners as others have claimed. The neck and frets are first class. The size is perfect for a child. All in all this guitar is great. For the money, or even for several hundreds more, you will not find a better guitar. I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We bought this for our 10 yr old first guitar. We are been super happy with it. The quality is good and it came in secure packaging.Published 17 days ago by Brian Wigington
Doesn't even deserve one star. The guitar was damaged, did a return/replacement and the second one was damaged too. Didn't try argued time. Truly disappointed.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
My grandson loved his new guitar. Beginning lessons soon. My son plays and he was pleased for the price.Published 24 days ago by Pilgrim
This is a solid starter guitar, and is playable even for some adults who want a travel instrument. I often reach for it when I want to work on something. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt Hooper
I have 20+ years experience of playing guitar, I play and own many other guitars, and have an affinity for cheap beaters as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Slander