Good starter, but has issues 01/18/2014
Inexpensive, and suitable for my needs as an absolute beginner.
I've run into two issues within my ~2 weeks of ownership:
1. The included strap was not quite long enough to let me comfortably position the instrument. I'm a bit taller than your average person (just under 6'2") so this may not be an issue for more normal sized people. Furthermore, the discomfort may have been related to my inexperience.
Regardless, as I struggled to find a comfortable position, the slider that allows you to take in the slack on the strap broke. No huge loss, as I had not intended to use anything less than the maximum length. A couple days later, however, the strap completely severed at the point where it anchors to the guitar. I've since replaced the strap with a longer version, acquired elsewhere.
2. While learning a new song, I noticed that one note continually sounded wrong. I ensured that the string was in tune, and all other fretted notes along that string rang clear. All was in good order, except for that note (2nd string, 11th fret.)
Did some further testing, and found two other notes that buzzed, rather than sounding clear. Research has indicated that parts of the fret bars are a bit too high, making it impossible for those notes to be played properly.
Alas, it seems that the broken strap prevents me from getting a free replacement through the supplier, so I will either choose to learn songs that don't use the bad notes (not too difficult, as the other notes aren't immensely popular in the types of songs I am learning) or pay out of pocket for repairs at a local store.
I know the cons section was long, but I would still recommend this for a beginner. Hard to find full sized guitars at this price.
Did you find this review helpful? Yes / No Thanks for the valuable feedback you provided!