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Yamaha JR1 3/4 Scale Guitar with Gig Bag
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- Spruce top
- Meranti back and sides
- Rosewood fretboard
- Rosewood bridge
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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!!!
1. Size and portability. This thing is super fun to pick up and play. It's so compact that you can play it anywhere. If you've ever wanted to play the guitar on the toilet, congratulations!
2. Tone is obviously not going to sound like a full size, but this guitar sounds pretty good compared to other 3/4 scale guitars...especially considering the lower price point. The low E string is where the biggest difference comes in.
3. Stays in tune. These smaller guitars have a harder time staying in tune.
4. Nice look. I love the color. The tobacco color is a little darker than in the stock pic. I have posted my own pics below.
5. Great for smaller hands or kids. I can definitely change chords faster on this because you have less space to cover.
6. Nice gig bag thrown in. Won't give much protection but at least it's covered. Also has multiple pockets.
7. Nice action on this guitar!
8. Adjustable Truss Rod and Guitar Strap buttons
1. Again..Size. This is probably the smallest 3/4 scale guitar. In fact, it's definitely less than 3/4 scale. I actually didn't realize how small it was until I got it home and sat it next to my full size Yamaha.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This guitar made my 8 year olds birthday. She loves it and the quality is outstanding. The cost was great and the guitar is perfect for her to learn on because of the size and... Read morePublished 16 days ago by S Thomas
Good starting guitar for my7yr old grandson,easy reach cords ,very good fit he loves it!Published 1 month ago by JC
This guitar initially was perfect for my granddaughter, even her professional instructor thought it was a nice instrument. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stephen
I've been a professional musician (that term gets thrown around a lot.... but I make my living playing guitar on tour and in the studio). Read morePublished 2 months ago by T8
I'm an active musician - so I try to buy the best musical instruments I can afford (within reason) for my boys. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danimal
I loved the quality of his guitar for the price. It was a bit smaller than I expected but it is perfect for my 9 year old daughter who is a little on the small size anyway. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anita
I ordered a 3/4 size for my daughter but the one that came was a 1/2 size. It was also very orange in color. I ended up returning it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great youth guitar. Very pleased with the playability and tone for the price you pay.Published 3 months ago by Cole Huddlestun