SX RST 1/2 3TS 1/2 Size Short Scale Sunburst Guitar Package with Amp, Carry Bag and Instructional Video
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- A Great 1/2 Size Guitar Pack at an unbelievable price!
- Package includes everything you need to start playing: Guitar, Guitar Amp, Instructional Video, Guitar Bag, Strap, and Cable!
- Scaled down Guitar is about 4" shorter and 3" narrower. It makes a great travel guitar!
- Dual cutaway allows access to the highest fret.
- Also available for Left Handed Players!
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|Sold By||Rondo Music||Rondo Music||Rondo Music||SHIP IT DEPOT||Rondo Music||Rondo Music|
|Body Material Type||alder||Solid Wood||Alder||Basswood||Alder||alder|
|Fretboard Material Type||Rosewood||rosewood||Rosewood||maple||Rosewood||rosewood|
|Guitar Bridge System||tremolo||adjustable||tremolo||Adjustable||tremolo||adjustable|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||humbucker||magnetic-single-coil||magnetic-single-coil||humbucker||magnetic-single-coil||magnetic-single-coil|
|Hand Orientation||Right Handed||right||left-handed||Right Handed||right||right|
|Neck Material Type||Maple||maple||Maple||maple||Maple||Maple|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
Package includes everything you need to start playing: Guitar, Guitar Amp, Instructional Video, Guitar Bag, Strap, and Cable! This 1/2 size guitar is particularly excellent for a person who is less than 4'2", or for a larger person who just wants a smaller instrument (for perhaps when one travels). Dual cutaway solid basswood body allows access to the highest frets. Die Chrome Tuners. The body is contoured for hours of comfortable play. Three single coil pickups, one volume and two tone controls, plus a five way pickup selector switch create all of today’s great sounds. Vintage fulcrum bridge with six adjustable saddles. Truss rod adjustable. Maple neck increases stability. Rosewood fretboard with 21 jumbo frets. Weighs only 7 lbs. Overall length of guitar is 34 1/2". Width at widest point is 10 1/2”. Body height is 15 1/2". Width of the neck at the nut is 1 9/16", and at the 12th fret it is 2". Thickness of the neck at the 1st fret is 13/16", and at the 12th fret it is 15/16". String spacing at the nut is 1/4" and 3/8" at the bridge. Scale length is 23". Pocket Guitar Amp features: Battery Power - Great for portable practice, 1/2 lb weight. Master Volume Control.
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So, onto the review: Upon opening the box, nicely packaged, my first impression was: "whoah", this is a fairly nice guitar in finish (tan sunburst), chrome hardware, etc, specially so considering what you are paying for. With that said, I wouldn't say it is small, or at least not small as the "1/2 Size" title might lead you to believe: this 1/2 guitar is almost as long as my "adult size" Jackson DK1 guitar; but the actual frets are smaller and the neck is somewhat shorter; with that said, the guitar, IMO, is not something your average 1 year old could handle around with ease.
Now for the nit-and-grit: This guitar needs a lot of help to get it to sound as good as it can sound; the electronics were okay for what this is, but I didn't take it apart to inspect them, or the wiring, but the 5 way switch seemed to work, as all the positions had distinct sounds coming off... etc... interestingly enough, the guitar sound good, (after changing strings) and especially so when hooked to a nice amp or a pedalboard. Just don't expect Yngwe Malmsteen or Van Halen tone out of the small amp that its supplied, but with a better amp, the guitar actually sounds much better.
Another important fact for first time guitar buyers: This guitar has a tremolo bridge. Info here --> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tremolo_arm
I personally, would recommend either going with something else, or if you MUST have this one, then locking the bridge out with a block of wood; just open the screws on the back, put a small block on the end and done, plenty of Youtube videos as to how to do this. Why do this? Well, without getting in the war of more expensive is better, I have to say that for first time buyers it can be a nightmare to deal with, specially when you're not higher end floating bridge like an OFR (Original Floyd Rose, and even then they can be more trouble than its worth)... as the constant string re-tuning (especially without locking nut), or if you break a string the whole guitar goes out of tune etc... again, sure, more experienced users might like this and know how to work with it, but your average 4 year old learning might not appreciate being out of tune every chord and it then it is one more thing to maintain and fix if it breaks.
As for setup, (on mine, again, yours might be different)
Out of the box the bridge height was way too high from factory, it needed to be lowered before you could even begin to think about intonating this baby.
The neck was straight, and needed no initial truss rod adjustment.
The strings were replaced after I (foolish of me) tried to intonate it with them on, they looked new, but they weren't very bright compared to the Ernie Balls nickel 9-42 that went in. (again, don't bother intonating the guitar without checking at least these three first items.)
After all that was done, guitar intonated correctly and player rather nicely.
My friend's daughter loved it.
So now about the guitar, I looked around a bit in local stores and the music stores I know well because I've worked in them lol. I have to say I was impressed on first impressions it comes with everything your child needs to get started
comes with an instructional DVD which to be honest I haven't checked out yet cause I will teach my son myself. Pocket amp,head phones (for the amp), digital tuner,6 pics, guitar strap and a 1/4" cable jack.
The guitar to my surprise was of pretty high quality for the price range it was in, the neck was 100% straight frets were correctly spaced and if needed you can even adjust the intonation. It has 3 pickups just like a Fender Strat because that's what it's designed to look like, it has very nice sunburst finish.
I would recommend this guitar to any parent of a small child looking to get started with an instrument that's what this is, it is not a TOY , in comparison to the ones offered as a toy or instrument at places like Toys R Us or Walmart there is no comparison lol.
Just to give a background on my knowledge of guitars, I grew with my father being an professional Jazz and Classical Artist whom attended Juilliard. I was surrounded by the best musicians and instruments my entire life I have played guitars ranging in price from 100 bucks to 120K+ (yes 120 grand) including Jimmy D'Aquisto's (whom my father knew personally) famous "tear drop" arch top. My father also owned many high end guitars needless to say I know a thing or two about guitars.
NO this guitar which is made in china does not in anyway compare to any of those I just mentioned however for me to be impressed for 85 bucks I spent says allot , no it doesn't have the best pickups in the world or the finest woods etc.. it does have a nice straight maple neck with a rosewood fret board though for 85 bucks it's a steal. If your child gets bored of it after a few months and then decided they're not into guitar no more you're not out 100's of dollars. However if they do stay interested this is fine for them to learn,practice, and jam on for years until they can graduate to nicer and more professional instrument.
Just as final point I may have been plain lucky. I'll elaborate with guitars you have to try allot of them even with the high end electric guitars as a an example when I bought my first strat or any other guitar I played 50 of the same exact model before I picked the one I bought because of things like tonality, how straight the neck is etc.. I was rolling the dice simply point click *buy* just keep that in mind no matter how or where you get a guitar.
Anyway either way for 85-100 bucks you can't beat the other's I have seen and looked at in the price range don;t come with half stuff and normally were complete junk with this guitar I can sit down and teach my son and when he is ready he play dads nice guitars :)
The only negative comment I have is about the "amp" and headphones. The amp included is only for use with headphones, and the included headphones are pretty bad. I bought a 10w Rogue amp along with this for my 4yo sons birthday.
That being said, I don't take a star away from the instrument for any low quality extras. They are just that, extras. I can't believe they include what they already do at this price point.