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Yamaha FG JR1 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag - (Natural)

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  • Built with the legendary quality and playability
  • 3/4 size for easy travel and comfortable playing
  • Ideal first guitar for a child
  • Guitar features a Spruce top, Indonesian Back and Sides, Nato Neck and a Javanese Rosewood fingerboa
  • Includes Gigbag
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Back Material Mahogany Nato Mahogany Mahogany
Fretboard Material Rosewood Rosewood Rosewood Rosewood
Neck Material Nato Nato Mahogany NATO
Top Material Spruce Sitka Spruce Spruce nato
Number Of Strings 6 6 6 6
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00009J580
  • Item model number: JR1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 30, 2004

Product Description

Built with the legendary quality and playability the FG Series, Yamaha designed the JR1 for the younger player or anyone who is more comfortable with a smaller-bodied acoustic. Carefully selection of woods goes into the building of every single Yamaha guitar and the JR1 is no exception. Features include a spruce top, nato neck, rosewood fingerboard and meranti body for solid, bright tonality and great looks, and chrome hardware. Includes gig bag. JR1 Great as a travel guitar First Guitar Ideal first guitar for a child Easy Easy and fun to play.

Customer Reviews

It seems like a very good quality guitar with a very good sound.
soto2008
No, it is a 3/4 sized guitar - this is based on scale length and not overall size of the guitar - but it is small.
M. J. Keyes
I tuned the guitar and it has been holding tune and it sounds great.
Kazimo

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128 of 129 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Keyes on December 16, 2009
One of the other reviewers complained that their guitar teacher called this a "1/4 sized guitar" and it appeared that they felt they had gotten a bad deal. No, it is a 3/4 sized guitar - this is based on scale length and not overall size of the guitar - but it is small. This guitar has a 21 1/4" scale (normal is about 26" but it varies), a 12 1/2" lower bout and a 9" upper bout. This places it in the parlor size category, more or less, and it fits a child well.

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.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on April 18, 2008
I purchased this guitar for my young sons taking lessons but this guitar is just as playable for an adult as for a child. Their guitar teacher was very impressed by the sound and construction of the guitar and the kit bag was actually a pretty good little bag.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By christian w. hughes on July 29, 2011
I've been playing for nearly 50 years, and have played perhaps 200 guitars and owned a dozen or more. I'm going on a month-long business trip and wanted to find something I could carry on the plane. I went to Guitar Center and played every sub-size guitar they had, expecting to spend something in the $3 - $400 range, and was astonished to find that this guitar had the best tone and playability of any - at a discounted price of $129. I've read all the other reviews here, and think that most share my view. The handful of complaints can be chalked up to some combination of:

- 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.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Minton Hughes on October 24, 2008
Great beginner's guitar, good tonality, easy to tune, holds tune well. Great size for my 9 year old daughter.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kosmic Kurt on December 27, 2011
Just for background: I am not a professional musician, but I have been playing guitar and piano for over forty years. I own several guitars. I just purchased this for my nine-year-old daughter. I had originally ordered a Luna Aurora Faerie guitar but sent it back. The Luna was mostly plastic and assembled so poorly, that calling it anything but a toy would be untrue. The Yamaha is another story. It actually has a spruce top, wooden bridge and adjustable truss bar. It is a real guitar in every sense of the word. It is a true 3/4 scale guitar despite was others with little or no knowledge of guitars have posted. The out-of-box action (string height) is good and can be played "as is." For a better experience, it should be taken to a guitar shop and adjusted (set up) properly. Action is adjusted by raising or lowering the neck or bridge nut, not by adjusting the truss rod - as many people attempt to do.

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.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anthony S. Zorn on July 30, 2011
Most of the negative remarks I hear here are from people who, IMHO, bought this guitar with artificially inflated expectations.

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!!!
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