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on October 17, 2013
I was hoping this set would be a decent guitar, but didn't really expect it to be decently made (for what it is... a youth guitar). But... the neck is perfectly straight. There's not a blemish on it. There were picks, gig bag, a pipe tuner and-- some surprise here-- an unadvertised extra set of strings.

I would rate this 5 stars for "what it is"... a very low cost starter guitar. But I rate it 4 stars for a couple of general flaws:

1) The frets are not metal. They are molded into the guitar neck and PAINTED gold. That's a real shame, but for a starter guitar at this price not a deal-killer. It's for this reason along I give it 4 rather than 5 stars.

2) The gig bag is minimal of course. But the zipper broke the first time I used it. No padding, zero quality. It's meant to carry the guitar, nothing else. Had the zipper not broken it would have been fine and what is expected, but a gig bag with a broken zipper isn't of much use. I guess one can always resort to safety pins or velcro patches.

Specs:
* The guitar measures 31 inches from tail to tip of head, plus the strap peg on the end (yes, it has a strap peg!). Lower body is 11.5 inches wide x 2.75 inches deep. Nut is 1.5 inches wide. Nut to 18th fret is 12.25 inches. Basically-- a mid-size travel guitar similar in size to the Yamaha 6-string "Guitalele". Sound however, is quite "guitar".

* The top is good-quality laminate with a resonant tone-- no dead spots (which is far more than I expected). It's not a spruce top, but the laminate is plenty resonant (far more so than many travel guitars) and has excellent sound-- amazingly so for an instrument of this class.

* Tuning pegs are standard 3-to-a-set sidewinders, expected on this type of guitar.

* The strap attaches to an end peg and is tie-on at the neck.

STRING NOTE: I've noticed several of the negative reviews here refer to the guitar "not tuning", strings breaking, action too high, etc. While the action was pretty decent on mine, it's very common for even a quality guitar to arrive with less than desirable action (ask any guitar store). Action is fairly easy to correct by filing the bridge piece down (which is why it's detachable). When one tunes a steel-string guitar, it is imperative to tune it slowly, in steps, and allow the strings time to stretch over a period of 3-4 days. If one tries to tune it quickly strings will undoubtedly break, even on top-of-the-line guitars. Expecting a guitar to "hold a tune" when initially strung is unreasonable. All strings stretch out of tune until they hit their proper tension. Any experienced guitar player is aware of these things-- with all guitars and all brands of strings.

SWITCH TO NYLON. Although this guitar comes with steel strings (even an extra set) I think it would be a shame to put that kind of tension on a neck that will most likely warp under such pressure. Despite the low cost I like an instrument to last-- and I think this will last for some time if one uses nylon strings. Because of the resonance you will still get an excellent tone.

For protection, putting this in the gig bag and then retaining the triangular box for car trips can offer considerable protection (after all, the box survived shipping, yup?). There's no need to buy an expensive padded gig bag or hard shell case for a guitar that costs less than a tank of gas.

Were it not for the wooden frets I'd give this guitar 5 stars. But that is a corner-cut that I don't find acceptable in anything but a plastic instrument found in the toy aisle. At the very least they could have used glued-on metal frets. Other than that, it's a decent guitar and once nylon strings are added, should work fine for a first-year student or child. It's well-worth the purchase and at least is a functional, nice-sounding guitar with decent action.

I disagree with the concept of "buy a cheap guitar to see if a child will stick with it". Cheap guitars usually don't play well and so naturally the child won't like it (fortunately, this one plays pretty well). But my credo: pay more and buy a good guitar to start with (there are plenty for under $200) and then as with all things, require the child to "stick with it". No one ever regrets having learned to play an instrument, even though they may-- as kids do-- resist practice. That's where parents come in and gently guide and encourage. Go with quality.

But if you can't afford or don't want to buy a quality instrument, this one will certainly suffice. It's decent.
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on February 8, 2014
How disappointing. This guitar has the worst machine heads. It won't hold a tune. About 11 months after weekly light use, it broke. My daughter was so sad. I would have thought $50 would have ensured it a little better quality. The ukelele we bought her 3 years ago fro $25 is still going strong.
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on September 5, 2016
Everything came as pictured. The strap fits oddly, there isn't a second place to snap the other end too. We got this for my 10 yr old daughter. My husband tied a string to the end and thats how we connected it. Its a good size for her hands. The case isn't much of protection , more like just place to keep the dust off. It is challenging to tune. Would be a good play guitar. However we were looking for a starter guitar my daughter could play on. Its challenging for her because of the tuning. That is my reason for 4 stars. I think it is a good set for the price. Great for younger kids.
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on February 2, 2017
Biggest piece of junk I've ever wasted money on. Guitar is thrown together junk wood that isn't even sanded smooth, topped off with a very poor paint job that ran everywhere and they just left it (red paint on the body even). All the strings were extremely loose, almost falling off. It didn't come with picks like it shows. Comes with a strap and no place to hook it on (like shown). Won't come close to holding a tune of any kind.... I could really go on all day on what a pile of garbage this is but you get the point. Please do not waste your money as its not worth $5.
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on March 20, 2016
I had to return it. The guitar would not hold tune. Even though it is a child"s guitar it should at least hold tune. The sound quality is what it is but if you cant get it into tune there is now way you can teach them chords or anything else. If you want a toy guitar you can get one cheaper than this. The reason I looked at this guitar is because I wanted a real little guitar that my grandson could start to lear to play, this was not it, and I would not recommend it to anyone.
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on December 23, 2016
Might be better than the quality of the guitars you get at Toys R Us, but I wouldn't recommend this guitar. I'm giving it as a gift to my 8 year old son. He will love it, but I know it won't last long. After shipping it cost me $75. Came completely untuned. The strings were loose, not cool. Especially if you don't know how to tune a guitar. There are no instructions to tuning with the tuner, either. Front of guitar is scratched, looks like someone threw this thing together. Very poorly crafted.
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on March 11, 2017
Bought this for my 8 year old daughter. The neck is not straight, it will not tune, and it is going back the same day it was delivered. Don't waste your time and money.
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on December 28, 2015
The neck of this guitar was warped and could NOT be tuned. This item was not well made (granted, it was only $40, but still...). It may have just been my poor luck to have gotten a guitar that had issues, but I seriously doubt it. I read the reviews and made my purchase based on the reviews, which is the worst thing I could have done. This was supposed to be a Christmas present for my 5 year old son, and it was such a poorly made item that it didn't make it under the tree. I have played guitar for over 20 years and have never come across a "beginners guitar" that a beginner couldn't use. I'm disappointed to say the least.
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on December 25, 2016
Pyle of junk! Very disappointed. Build quality, fit and finish are terrible. Runs in the paint, very cheap strings, awful tone. We purchased the Pyle guitar kit for our 6 year old to replace his worn out First Act Discovery guitar (he uses it to pretend and has no intentions of playing). The Pyle guitar is not suitable a instrument or a toy. If Santa hadn't delivered it, we'd be returning. The First Act Discovery guitar is a much better alternative product.
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on May 14, 2014
My son was super excited to get this guitar. It looks beautiful and not at all like a toy. The strings are too close together for an adult or even a teenager but perfect for him at age 6. It resonates nicely for its size.
Now for the bad, but keep in mind, I bought this used from Warehouse Deals. It arrived with the picks missing and the wrong string gauge on the 2nd string position. I tuned it up to find that the intonation is way off. Saddle placement is at least a centimeter too far. The space between the nut and first fret is also too big by about a millimeter. The tuners are really cheap and the action is also a bit on the high side.
With some work, this can become a pretty playable little axe, and for the steal of a price that I got it, I'm not complaining. But if I spent more than $30, I'd feel ripped off.
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