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Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar
- Gloss Natural
- Dreadnought body style
- Laminate Spruce top
- Sapele back and sides
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Synthetic bone nut and saddle
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|Back Material Type||Nato||Sapele||oak||—||Mahogany||Agathis|
|Body Material Type||Combined Laminated & Solid Wood||Spruce||Mahogany||Basswood||Whitewood||laminated-wood|
|Fretboard Material Type||Rosewood||—||maple||—||Rosewood||Rosewood|
|Hand Orientation||Right Handed||Right Handed||right||—||Ambidextrous||Ambidextrous|
|Item Dimensions||8 x 18 x 48 in||18 x 40.5 x 5.3 in||20.7 x 42.5 x 6.1 in||16 x 41.7 x 4.7 in||19 x 42.3 x 5.5 in||5 x 38 x 12 in|
|Neck Material Type||Mahogany||Mora||maple||—||Nato||Mahogany|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
|Top Material Type||Spruce||Spruce||alder||—||Spruce||Laminate Spruce|
The Jasmine S-34C is a stylish grand orchestra-style guitar with a rich, well-balanced sound and a graceful Venetian-style cutaway that represent exceptional value. Great for any player seeking a well-built and easy-playing guitar, the S-34C features a select spruce top with Jasmine's Advanced "X" Bracing, and sapele back and sides. The slim neck and full 25 1/2" scale length provide comfortable feel and excellent playability, and the smooth satin finish maximizes resonance for optimal sound quality.Other great features include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, full body binding and chrome tuners.
- Spruce top with Jasmine Advanced "X" Bracing
- Sapele back and sides
- Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
- Slim neck profile
- 25 1/2" scale length
- Synthetic bone nut and saddle
- Satin Natural finish
If you look inside an acoustic guitar, you'll see a series of sculpted wood pieces attached to the underside of the instrument's top. These sculpted wood pieces comprise the guitar's bracing. The primary function of the bracing is to support and maintain the structural stability of the guitar's top. Bracing can also dramatically affect the way the guitar sounds, depending on how it's constructed and its arrangement (called the bracing pattern).
There are many different types of bracing patterns. The most common and enduring pattern used on steel-string acoustic guitars is called "X" bracing; so named for the two braces that form an "X" by crossing each other in the middle of the pattern.
Jasmine Advanced "X" Bracing System
Not all "X" bracing patterns are created equal, however. Jasmine's "Advanced X Bracing" system features a "forward-shifted" "X" bracing pattern that places the braces closer to the soundhole, producing a livelier, more open sound with improved definition and note detail.
The quartersawn braces provide exceptional stability, with a scalloped design that reduces weight and lets the top vibrate more freely, resulting in better sound. A solid rosewood bridge plate rounds out this remarkable package by providing superior balance and note separation.
The NEX guitar body is a scaled-down Jumbo at heart. It has a silky balance to the tone that supports vocals beautifully.
Jasmine guitars are designed by the same craftsmen who make the world's hottest-selling all wood acoustic guitar…takamine. this full-line consists of mini jumbos, dreadnoughts, 12-strings, cutaways and acoustic/electrics all with popular body styles and features for today's player. each model features all-wood construction, popular finishes, ping machines, durability, and quality, "takamine level" construction and d'addario exp strings for rich tone and long life and the woods notice the japanese laminated spruce tops (solid spruce tops on some models), the fully bound rosewood fingerboards. select jasmine models include a kmc music designed cp-100 in-bridge pickup and pre-amp system. an exlusive series of guitars at remarkably affordable prices.
- Spruce top
- Nato back and sides
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Natural finish
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The photos attached show two Jasmine Guitars, on the Left, this guitar, the S34C NEX (matte) and on the right the Jasmine JO36-Nat (gloss) - The JO36 is a slightly smaller body style and is very comfortable, more so that the NEX body. The sound is great and the neck is nearly the same. Would highly recommend for smaller guitar players and works great for my big hands too! You can also see the differences in the head stock design and the tuners are quite different. The NEX tuners seem better. All in all both are great quality and an awesome value. (I did not get paid for this review or any discounts, bought these with my hard earned cash and am writing a review, because these really are great guitars!)
This review is for the Jasmine S34C NEX
When I opened the package, I was disappointed in Amazon's packaging as the head stock was slightly damaged. Overlooking this fact, I tuned it up and played it for a while.
The strings are not the greatest, but the guitar itself is spectacular! Yes, it is a laminated spruce top, but the sound is rich, warm lows and mids and bright highs. It almost has the sound of a solid cedar top guitar (but it is not). The back and side are sapele which some call mahogany, but it is absolutely beautiful! I also own a Taylor GS Mini Mahogany and it also is sapele, and has a rich warm boom with bright notes. First thing that I did to this Jasmine guitar was replace the strings with Martin MFX130 Flexible Core Silk & Phosphor strings and what I thought was a decent guitar, suddenly become a dream! With these strings the guitar really comes to life. Although at first they are a bit bright for my tastes, after a couple of weeks they really tame down and become warm and rich.
Quality of workmanship:
I was expecting workmanship of an $80 guitar, what I got quality of a guitar worth hundreds more. The finish of this guitar is a beautiful satin finish, I was expecting gloss as the description showed, but was pleasantly surprised to have matte, which I prefer. The body is clean and smooth and has a nice feel, the neck is also matte and just feels great in your hands. The top is a spruce laminate and is darker than one might expect, not yellowish like most spruce tops, but a deeper tanish color, similar to some cedar top guitars that I have seen from Breedlove. I really like the color of the top and the back, which is sapele has a nice natural color and perfectly matches the sides. The black trim really gives the guitar a rich look and it is smooth and perfectly finished. The neck is not quite the same color as the back, but acceptable. The headstock is a nicer design that the one in the photo of the description, not sure if there are different model years from one to the other, I bought mine Jan 2017. The chrome tuners are smooth and keep it in tune very well, not complaints here at all. The Jasmine lettering on the headstock is a subtle gold, not inlaid but printed.
This is not a small guitar. While it is smaller than a Jumbo, not by much. It is near the size of a Dreadnought, a smaller waist helps it to be more comfortable and the sound is comparable to a dreadnought.
The neck of this guitar with the matte finish and 12" radius is a big bonus, it has the feel of an electric guitar. I have big hands and the 1.75" nut is great for fingerstyle as well. The intonation at the 12th fret is near perfect, with no setup out of the box. The finish on the fret ends could be smoother, but it is not bad. The action is spot on and no adjustment was needed for my style. It can be strummed hard and that huge NEX body packs a punch. It does not sound like a $1000 Taylor, but really with the right setup and strings, it is not $900+ different!
After buying this guitar, I almost would like to have a second one to keep for when I wear this one out, its that good, especially the cost makes it even more attractive since the quality and playability is so great. I would recommend this to most beginners, smaller adults and kids might be challenged by the size, but I see lots of little kids playing dreadnoughts, so this would be better. If your an intermediate or long time guitar player, I don't think you would be disappointed, not expect a $1500 guitar, but I have had some expensive guitars, where this one shines over those. So, no matter what level of guitar player you are, Run don't Walk to the Buy Now, JUST BUY IT!
I'm still having a bit of a diffiuclt time reconciling the guitar I received with the amount of money I spent for it.
Mine arrived earlier this date, with the factory box inside a larger Amazon box and more than adequately cushioned from movement with plenty of crumpled packing paper.
The guitar inside the factory box proved to about as perfect in build quality as human hands and machines can make such a thing out of the materials it is made from. I inspected mine very throughly before tuning it to pitch and trying it out -including examining the body interior with the sort of inspection mirror used in automotive repair. I looked for flaws, expecting to find some, but I didn't
THE NECK: The tuning machines on my example have a positive feel with no backlash in the gears. The nut on my example is of the correct height and is correctly slotted. The fingerboard is a very nice piece of rosewood. The dot inlays on it were correctly done. The frets on mine are all level, properly crowned, polished, and end-dressed. The binding on the neck was skillfully and correctly applied. The neck appears to have been set at an appropriate angle. The satin-matte finish on the neck makes it a fast and smooth thing to slide the hand upon. There is a metal strap button applied in the exact spot I'd have put one on the neck heel myself had one not have been supplied.
THE BODY: The laminate sapele on my example is all uniform in general color, with beautifully figured grain. The binding on the body is perfectly executed. Inside the body, everything is neat and tidy -no globs of glue, no whiskered wood. The top on the insturment is often billed as "select spurce." It is a laminated top, but on my example, you have look very, very closely at the end grain of the wood around the sound hole to tell. It appears to be a solid, voidless board, faced top and bottom with almost paper-thin spruce veneers. The laminated top on this instrument reminds me of the tops used on the old "Nippon Gakki" Yamaha instruments. The satin-matte finish so perfectly and evenly applied to the back and side of my example was equally well done on my instrument's top. The simple inlaid black and white ring celluoid or abs rosette around the soundhole was flawlessly done, too. My instrument came with the pick gaurd installed, but I removed it immediately upon completing my inspection of the instrument. It was easily removed by simply slowly peeling it off the sound board, leaving no residue behind. I wrapped it in wax paper as soon as I removed it, so it could be re-installed later, if someone was inclined to do so. I bought this guitar to do lead work on and for that, I generally pick with my bare thumb, index, and middle finger, rather than use a plectrum, so the "scratch plate" isn't something I need on this instrument -hence my desire to remove it.
INITITIAL IMPRESSIONS: This is a light and shockingly resonant and responsive instrument and it is pretty much tailor-made for my style of play. Where responsiveness to picking and pick attack is concerned, I couldn't be more pleased. It has very even volume response up, down, and across the fingerboard with equal attack equalling equal volume wherever a note is fingered. Mine has a substantial amount of sustain, too. I tuned it to pitch and played it for about an hour and a half, using the whole neck, and playing pieces with plenty of single string and double-stop bends, lots of hammer-ons and pull offs, and etc. I'm having a hard time believing that a new guitar would stay in tune through all of that, but it did.
Tone-wise, I would describe mine as "sweet" and "clear" without being overly "tinny" or overly accentuating the high-end of the tonal spectrum.It has very good note separation, too, in spite of having almost too much sustain. It seems to generate enough volume when picked with the bare flesh of my thumb, index, and middle fingers to work well with microphones -something I'll have a go at tomorrow. Strummed with a plecturm or flat-picked, it puts out a lot of volume for an all-laminate body instrument.
It reminds me of everything I liked about my first guitar -an Ovation Balladeer, being similar to that in terms of response to pick attack, even volume and sustain response all over the fingerboard, and being close in terms of tone. What I am still amazed by as I write this is that when I first started playing guitar back in 1980, $30.66 had the same buying power then that the price I paid for my S34C has today, but back in 1980, there wasn't such a thing as a playable guitar to be had for that kind of money.
In sum, the Jasmine S34C I received isn't just "a good guitar for the money." It's just a good guitar. Period and full stop.
The only "con" to it that I can come up with is that it shipped to me with insanely high string action. I can remedy this easily enough through simply sanding a few thousanths of an inch off the bottom of the bridge. And it isn't really a "con" per se, because even expensive guitars need a "set up".
Otherwise, it seems entirely well suited for what I bought it for -an insturment for finger-picked acoustic lead or solo guitar. It isn't something I'd want to flat-pick fiddle tunes on or back a bluegrass jam with as it lacks the "punch" and powerful bass of a good dreadnaught-style guitar. But it seems all peaches and sunshine for what I bought it for and hoped it would do.
My expectations were high based on the number of positive reviews this instrument gets. My example has exceeded those expectations.
UPDATE 3/7/2016: After giving the instrument some time to acclimate to its new surroundings, I set the insturment up to my taste, tweaking the truss rod a little to get exactly ten thousandths of an inch of neck relief and popping a lower saddle in the bridge to get the string height over the 12th fret where I like it -using a U.S. quarter-dollar coin as a height gauge. I then strung it up with Ernie Ball Earthwood extra-light silk and steel. I only thought I was impressed with instrument as it came from the box. After setting it up and re-stringing it, I am even more impressed than I was initially. This instrument simply doesn't play or sound like the "cheap plywood box" that it essentially is. It is a highly resonant, sweet singing, responsive guitar, even when strung with extra-light silk and steel strings, and even when picking it with my bare thumb, index, and middle finger as I am wont to do. Tuning stability has also proven to be really good so far. Since receiving this, I've already gigged it, where it took nothing more exotic than a humble Sure SM-57 aimed at the 14th fret to get stellar live sound. I've also found that it records really well. To say that I am amazed with this instrument is a bit of an understatement. I'm so impressed with mine that I have literally just purchased another Jasmine S34C from Amazon! Having a second one will allow me to have one in standard tuning and another in altered tuning, and alternate between them in live performance, instead of having to constantly re-tune just one of them. If this second one that I have just ordered is as good as the first one I received, the plan is to put K&K pickup systems in both of them.
I didn't think it would last for decades but I did expect that he would get at least a few yrs out of it. Frankly, I thought he'd want a better guitar long before this one start falling apart.
This was his Christmas gift and other than taking it to guitar practice, it never leaves the house. We made a stand for it a couple months after purchase and it sits there when he's not practicing.
Took it directly to a guitar repair shop today after his teacher noticed the problem during his lesson.
The luthier looked it over and found that a brace under the fret board, where the top is collapsing (see image), has come undone. But he wasn't sure if that was the only problem... To have him go any further would have required fees that far outweighed the price of the guitar.
My son really loved this guitar..his first. Will try to contact company about warranty... but not holding our breathe, have rarely found that company's honor their warranties these days without without having their costumers jump thru all kinds of hoops and/or ridiculous fees and MONTHS long waiting periods for repairs/replacements.
That said... Before this, I thought the guitar was a good value for the money and my son really enjoyed learning how to play using it. It's a good sounding guitar for the money.
My son had wanted an electric as his next guitar but the more he learned to play this guitar... He decided that he'd like an electric/acoustic hybrid as his next guitar.